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Grants available for Sheffield arts, cultural and heritage organisations.

Grants are now available for Sheffield-based arts, cultural and heritage organisations to deliver creative programmes of outreach, engagement and participation in the city between March 2024 and March 2025.

Organisations are invited to submit proposals for arts-led community engagement activity which is designed to benefit communities in areas of Sheffield with low levels of arts engagement and for people from lower socio economic backgrounds.

Site Gallery is working with Sheffield City Council to manage the Sheffield Creative Communities Fund. The grant programme is part of Sheffield City Council’s Sheffield Culture Showcase, funded by the Shared Prosperity Fund (SPF) as part of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and is supported by the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority (SYMCA). 

How to apply

Please note this fund is now closed to new applicants.


This fund is open to all eligible organisations. If you have any access barriers to applying for this grant including accessing this document or applying for funding please contact to arrange a discussion. The scheme is being managed by Site Gallery on behalf of Sheffield City Council. 

All enquiries:


Can individual artists apply?

The fund is available to arts, cultural or heritage organisations. It is totally possible for schools or individual artists to be part of a bid, but the bid has to come from an eligible organisation. See full eligibility details in the application pack.

Can a Company Limited by Guarantee apply or do you have to be a Charity, CIC or registered not-for-profit in another way?

If your arts organisation is a Company Limited by Guarantee without Share Capital you are eligible to apply for this fund.

Do we need to focus our work within one geographical area or can it take place with a community that is spread across the city?

It is important that you work with a named community and demonstrate the benefits to that community but you can work with communities who are either in a particular place or dispersed across an area or the whole city. 

If you are only going to fund one project in one area, how will we know if others are also bidding to work in the same area as us – we might choose a different area where we also have strong community links?

We appreciate this is tricky. You are welcome to let us know your plans and we can let you know if we know of a possible second bid (but will not disclose any details). It would be important to ask within the community and ask other arts organisations you know have already worked in the area.

Can we collaborate with or work with arts organisations who are Arts Council England NPO’s (National Portfolio Organisations)?

Yes you can. But they should not be a significant beneficiary of this fund. We’re not putting a percentage figure on this but your budget should clearly indicate how much money is to be paid to the NPO and for what.

We are a charity, but not an arts organisation, can we apply to deliver arts programme?

Generally the answer would be no you can’t apply, but you could collaborate with an eligible arts organisation. Some charities do have a strong track record in commissioning professional arts programmes and if you believe you are one of these, please get in touch and we’ll confirm your eligibility.

Photo credit: Joe Horner, 2022.

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