Council launches arts grant scheme so the show can go on in Ryedale

Creative practitioners and arts-related organisations are invited to apply for a grant from Ryedale District Council to engage local audiences in creative and cultural activity during these uncertain times.

An application window will be open from 1 September 2020 to midnight on 14 September. Those who meet the criteria can apply for a grant of between £250 and £1000.

Councillor Keane Duncan, leader of Ryedale District Council, said:

“Ryedale’s arts and cultural offer is the heart and soul of our communities, but the COVID-19 pandemic has hit this sector hard. The Council has stepped in to provide funding to freelance workers and arts-related organisations so they can explore imaginative new ways of delivering creative projects for the public to enjoy during and after COVID.

“The small arts grant scheme reflects the Council’s commitment to supporting Ryedale’s arts and cultural sector and the important role it plays in creating vibrant communities, a strong economy and an excellent quality of life for citizens.”

Councillor Steve Arnold, deputy leader of the Council and chair of the Grants Working Party, said:

“Local arts professionals and cultural organisations are facing unprecedented challenges and uncertainty about future work opportunities. This new scheme will provide immediate access to small project grants to support the development of creative and innovative responses to the COVID crisis.

“Identifying new opportunities for creativity and cultural participation across Ryedale will make a powerful contribution to the health and wellbeing of local communities.”

In order to qualify for a grant, applicants must meet a number of criteria:

  • Be a freelancer, community interest company, arts organisation or an arts-related charity based in Ryedale.
  • Hold less than £10k in free reserves at the time of application.
  • Deliver activity in Ryedale (or online) that achieves one or more of the following:

Has a clearly defined audience and reach

Contributes to improved health and wellbeing for communities in Ryedale

Supports communities to engage in the arts taking into account social distancing regulations

Contributes to the wider creative economy of Ryedale

For more information on the scheme, and to complete the application form, please visit