Arts for Change Fund

The Arts for Change Fund is designed to support the use of arts or other cultural activity to enrich and change the lives of those in need. The fund is available to small voluntary and community groups and small charities in York and North Yorkshire using the arts to engage with communities and enrich the lives of those who are excluded or disadvantaged through low income, rural or social isolation, age, disabilities, race, sexuality or gender. Priority will be given to small, locally based groups or organisations working in areas of disadvantage that have a clear understanding of the needs of their community and are undertaking actions as a means of addressing these needs.

Projects should be using the arts or other cultural activity to build stronger communities and alleviate disadvantage

Size of grants

Grants are available of between £500 and £2,000 for up to 80% of the total project costs.

Who can apply?

Please read our ‘How to Apply’ page for information on general eligibility.

Groups should be mainly volunteer led with an annual income of under £200k (in the last reporting period). The panel may exercise discretion where an organisation’s income is slightly over if the scheme is undersubscribed and/or where they consider it to be in the interest of the community to do so.



How to apply?

Before applying, please read the Arts for Change Guidance Notes for  this grant scheme carefully.

Applications are only considered complete when all supporting documentation has been received either attached to the online application or posted to the office as paper copies.


When to apply?

This fund is currently closed, please check back at a later date for future rounds.

Recently awarded grants

Arts for Change Successful applicants