Arts organisation Darlington for Culture (DfC) has made the first award from its new small grants scheme with £500 going to support the programme of Darlington’s New Orleans Jazz Club.
Voluntary organisation DfC launched the scheme after receiving a donation from a company with Darlington connections, and is working in conjunction with Creative Darlington to administer the programme.
DfC has long believed that small grants can allow everyone from music groups to art organisations to achieve great things and the scheme will offer grants of up to £500.
Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club has promoted live jazz in Darlington since 1996. From ragtime to swing, through the hot dance music of the 1920s, to the revivalist years of the 1950s and 1960s, with some be-bop and jive, they provide a programme with something for everyone.
St Augustines Parish Centre in Larchfield Street is the home of Darlington New Orleans Jazz. Lunchtime sessions are held the first Saturday of the month 12:30 till 3pm. Tickets for each event are £10 at the door with a 20% discount for DfC card holding members.
DfC chair John Dean, who presented the cheque, said: “We are delighted to make this first award. Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club is a vibrant organisation and this money will support their excellent programme and give them added confidence when it comes to bringing top quality performers to the town.”
Full details about the club can be found on
More information on the small grants scheme can be obtained on the home page of DfC’s website at

Caption John Dean, right, presents the cheque to Ray Sams of Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club
Picture: Madeleine Sutcliffe