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

Our Year of Culture Activation Fund is now open for applications!

Apply for grants of between £500 to £8000

Deadline: 12noon on Thursday 14th March 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.

Calderdale Council’s Small Grants Scheme 2023/2024

Applications are now open for one-off grants of up to £3,000 from a total fund of £65,000 to groups and projects that meet the most outcomes from Calderdale Council's Vision 2024 Priorities. See more below.

CityConnect Community Walking and Cycling Hubs

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority are offering grants of up to £50,000 to support organisations across West Yorkshire to join their expanding network of places helping people in the community make more journeys on foot and by bike.