Our work throughout the Year of Culture is made possible by our funders.

CultureDale is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. If you would like to know more about Arts Council England, and how you may be able to apply for their support, visit their website by clicking this link.


The National Lottery Heritage Fund is the largest funder for the UK’s heritage. Using money raised by National Lottery players we support projects that connect people and communities to heritage. Our vision is for heritage to be valued, cared for and sustained for everyone, now and in the future. From historic buildings, our industrial legacy and the natural environment, to collections, traditions, stories and more. Heritage can be anything from the past that people value and want to pass on to future generations. We believe in the power of heritage to ignite the imagination, offer joy and inspiration, and to build pride in place and connection to the past.

Using money raised by National Lottery players, The National Lottery Heritage Fund supports projects that connect people and communities with the UK’s heritage. CultureDale is made possible with The National Lottery Heritage Fund. Thanks to National Lottery players, we have been able to promote local talent throughout our Year of Culture 2024.


The 2024 Year of Culture is partially funded by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority. See their website for information on more funding opportunities across West Yorkshire.


CultureDale is a 12-month celebration of the borough of Calderdale turning 50 in April 2024 and marks the ultimate year for Calderdale's Vision 2024 priorities. The Council has already raised around £2 million from external grant support to fund the Year of Culture, including contributions from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Arts Council England and National Lottery Heritage Fund.



The Community Foundation for Calderdale (CFFC) supports charities and voluntary groups across Calderdale, working alongside these groups to address inequalities and create opportunities for those who need them the most

CFFC have distributed upwards of £30 million in grants since 1991, enabling positive change in the lives of thousands of people in our communities through impactful community projects. CultureDale grants, including our Activation Fund and Existing Events Enhancement Fund, are managed by CFFC.


SAIL is a not for profit that supports the creative and cultural industries of West Yorkshire, and is the sustainability partner of CultureDale. As sustainability partners, it’s SAIL’s role to ensure that CultureDale is as environmentally sustainable as possible, advising on sustainable best practice, providing sustainability training and upskilling opportunities for creative practitioners in the region, and evaluating the carbon impact of the year of culture.


Unlimited is an arts commissioning body that supports, funds, and promotes new work by disabled artists for UK and international audiences. They are supporting CultureDale through their programme of disability access training support and grants for cultural organisations across West Yorkshire, thanks to support from West Yorkshire Combined Authority. Their aim is to increase access and make sure everyone can access and enjoy cultural events.