A newly launched initiative will ensure a source of funding for those working with young people across the region, to help them access quality arts and cultural activity for generations to come.

The Culture Bridge North East Fund was established at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland earlier this year, with a founding gift from Culture Bridge North East of £100,000. And the fund, which also attracted match funding, creating a £150,000 endowment fund, has opened up to grant applicants for the first time this week.

The income raised from the fund each year will enable grant making to support access to quality arts and cultural activity for the region’s children and young people in perpetuity.

Grants of between £250 and £1,500 are available to support working relationships between arts practitioners or cultural organisations, and schools or other youth settings, with priority given to projects working with those aged up to 25, who have limited access to, or are excluded from, quality arts activity.

Programme Manager at Culture Bridge Elvie Thompson said: “While the grants available are small, we know teachers and artists can use these practical, manageable amounts to make great things happen, so we’re confident the fund can have a big and lasting impact on the lives of young people across the region.

“Culture Bridge North East is a temporary programme, and we’re incredibly proud that the fund will go on long after Culture Bridge ceases to be, so that positive impact can continue to be felt, and we’d like to thank The Community Foundation for helping us make that a reality.”

Over time it is hoped the Culture Bridge North East Fund will grow, so the Community Foundation would be delighted to hear from potential donors who may like to support the work of the fund.

Grant applications in the current round are welcome until 9am on Wednesday 18 October 2017. Further information and application forms are available at communityfoundation.org.uk or by contacting the Community Foundation on 0191 222 0945. Applicants are also encouraged to have an informal discussion with Ellie Turner before submitting. She can be contacted at et@communityfoundation.org.uk.

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