Creative Action Fund

Closing date:

Create Berwick

The Creative Action Fund, for Berwick-based creative practitioners and creative organisations to help develop new skills, grow businesses, test new ideas and deliver projects which engage people in creative activity, is now open.

The Creative Action Fund is open to all creatives in Berwick and surrounding wards, needing investment to boost their careers or productivity.  And, to creatives, cultural organisations and community groups wanting to produce new creative activity within the Create Berwick zone.

Create Berwick is the name given to the Creative and Cultural Zone and is defined as the area within the Elizabethan walls. Applications are welcome from creative practitioners and creative businesses living and working within this zone as well as those living and working in the 17 electoral wards.

Fund details

Create Berwick has established the Creative Action Fund as a grant scheme to support Berwick based creative practitioners and creative organisations to help develop new skills, grow businesses, test new ideas and deliver projects which engage people in creative activity.

This fund is to invest in Berwick’s creative economy and support ambition, and test new thinking. Funding must be used towards delivering a creative activity by any artform and includes community events. The event must be seen, exhibited or accessible to an audience in Berwick and help support the development of its creative economy.

Funding is available for events and activities to take place within Berwick’s town walls by creatives, community groups and organisations living and working in Berwick or one of Berwick’s 17 electoral wards.

This fund cannot be used to support projects that are already underway.

Who can apply?

Individuals, freelancers, artists, practitioners, creatives, cultural organisations, collectives and community groups who are, or want to, deliver new work in the Create Berwick zone.

What type of funding can you apply for?

Some of the things you can apply for include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Studio or workspace rent – up to £1k
  • Pilot projects, such as an event or activity which tests new ideas
  • Workshops or creative activity
  • Training or skills development courses
  • Open studio events and, or creative markets
  • Community engagement projects

Please read the Eligibility Guidelines here for more details on what can and can’t be covered by this fund.

Budget £1,000 – £5,000

Deadline 31 January 2024

c/o Northumberland County Council County Hall Morpeth Northumberland NE61 2EF

Applications are considered on a rolling basis, and deadlines for submission are:

  • Wednesday 31 January 2024
  • Sunday 28 April 2024
  • Wednesday 31 July 2024
  • Friday 31 January 2025

Please make sure you read the fund guidelines and eligibility criteria in full before starting your application. If after reading the guidelines you have questions, please get in touch with Andrea Oliver.

More info, guidelines and application form on the Create Berwick website.

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