We are dedicated to supporting cultural initiatives that enrich our community and bring culture to life. If you're an artist, creator, organisation, or simply someone with a passion for fostering cultural vibrancy, you're in the right place.

On this page, you'll find a range of funding sources designed to support projects that align with the spirit of CultureDale. From our own funds, which will go live in stages throughout the Year of Culture, to information on external support, we're committed to providing resources that help turn your cultural aspirations into reality.

Let's work together to make Calderdale's Year of Culture an exceptional celebration of creativity, diversity, and community. Your vision deserves the support it needs, and we're here to help you bring it to life.

Our Opportunities

Activation Fund Second Round

The second round of our Year of Culture Activation Fund is now open for applications!

Apply for grants of up to £2500

Deadline: 10am Monday 8th July 2024

Click the heading above to learn more, and make sure to read the guidance document!

External Funding

Youth Music Funding

The Youth Music Network is offering funding across the UK through their different grant programmes, including the the Incubator Fund, the NextGen Fund, the Trailblazer Fund and Catalyser Fund.

These funds are generally targeted towards organisations that support children and young people facing barriers to make, learn and earn in music, as well as young creatives looking to make their ideas a reality.

National Lottery Project Grants

Offering grants of up to £100,000 for arts, libraries and museums projects.

Currently prioritising Supporting Grassroots Music, Museum Unlocking Collections and Universal Library Offers projects.

Create Growth Programme

The Create Growth Programme is designed to support the development of creative industries with high-growth potential across England.

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority has secured funding as part of this programme, offering a bespoke package of business support targeted at high-growth potential creative industries businesses in West Yorkshire.

This programme will run from April 2024 to March 2025, with face-to-face and online sessions.

Learn more about eligibility and register your interest below.

Supporting Grassroots Music Fund

Grants of up to £40,000 for projects up to three years in length that support the Grassroots Music Sector can now be applied for through Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants.

Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund

The Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund supports a range of projects that bring museum collections closer to people.

The fund is awarded on behalf of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and has awarded over £11m in nearly 200 grants since 2011.

Please read the application guidance on their website below.

Rural England Prosperity Fund

The Rural England Prosperity Fund is open for applications for capital grants for a variety of investment priorities in rural areas. These include investment in rural SMEs; developing the visitor economy; building capacity for local community groups and more. See the full list in the document linked below.

National Lottery Awards for All

National Lottery are offering funding from £300 to £20,000 to support projects of up to two years that deliver a new or existing community cohesion activity. Learn more about eligibility on their website below.