Fund created for North East theatremakers to work with young people

The Case for Culture will be launched in November. Photo: Dave Head/Shutterstock Newcastle's River Tyne. Photo: Dave Head/Shutterstock
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Arts organisations and practitioners in the North East are eligible to apply for grants from a new fund set up to support links between culture and young people.

The Culture Bridge North East Fund has been set up by charity the Community Foundation in Tyne and Wear and Northumberland, and has now opened applications for funding from a pot of £150,000.

Grants of between £250 and £1,500 are available to individuals and organisations working in the arts, to enable work with schools and other youth groups.

Priority will be given to projects working with young people under the age of 25 who have limited access to culture.

Culture Bridge North East, a network of 10 Arts Council England bridge organisations, gave £100,000 to the fund with the remaining £50,000 provided by match funding.

Elvie Thompson, programme manager at Culture Bridge North East, 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.”

The Culture Bridge Fund is seeking further donations in order to continue the project.

Applications for grants can be made until October 18.