Darlington for Culture is offering grants of up to £500 to individuals or organisations based in and around Darlington to help promote the arts.

The organisation’s Small Grants Scheme (SGS) welcomes applications for a small amount of financial support for activities that benefit the people of Darlington; currently, that can include either ‘live’ or online events.

DfC committee member and SGS manager Julie Vickerman said: “It’s exciting to be able to support the arts in Darlington, especially at this challenging time. If you have a passion for the arts, music, acting, painting etc and have an idea or project that can benefit you and the people of Darlington then we would love to receive an application.”

The SGS was set up in 2017 with £5,000 provided by a local business. During the past three years the scheme has helped more than 25 organisations and supported arts activities including theatre and exhibitions, workshops and a wool market, jazz concerts and filmmaking, poetry and comedy events (picture: Robin Askwith at The Forum).

The success of DfC’s Small Grants Scheme has been recognised by Darlington Borough Council who match fund the grant. This provides funding of £10,000 per annum, which is allocated from 1st August each year. There are no deadlines or rounds for applying, but you are strongly advised to check if support is still available before submitting an application.

The fund is jointly managed by Creative Darlington (on behalf of the council) and DfC. Approximately half of the fund each year is earmarked for innovative proposals that promote footfall in the town centre and that help meet the aims of the council’s LoveDarlo initiative.

  • The scheme will offer grants of up to £500 per applicant each calendar year
  • A maximum of three awards will be made to any applicant, subject to the DfC committee’s assessment
  • For more information, T&Cs, and to see details about grant winners, visit the SGS page