We have been funded by Arts Council England since 1986. We are currently a National Portfolio Organisation up until 2022 and in 2018 we were awarded additional funding under the Catalyst programme. They are also supporting our UNION programme of sector-based professional development
The Big Lottery Fund, through their Reaching Communities programme, funds projects that can help meet their aim of improving communities and the lives of people most in need. Between 2015 and 2018 they are funding our work—particularly with young, disabled and unemployed people in East Leeds—from our base in Seacroft.
Between 2018 and 2021 Youth Music is supporting our work using public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Youth Music is a national charity investing in music-making projects that support children and young people to develop personally and socially as well as musically.
LMEP is the music education hub for Leeds. It funds Heads Together and Chapel FM to develop pathways for young musicians through our our Associate Bands programme and supports our music work with Hearing and Visually Impaired young people.
In 2018 the Paul Hamlyn Foundation awarded us a “Test and Explore” grant to pilot a community arts academy for emerging artists committed to using creativity to achieve social change: the UNION programme.
The IGEN Trust have also supported our work for the past three years.
We would also like to acknowledge the capital funding for Chapel FM Arts Centre which was opened in 2014. A total of £852,072 was committed from the following sources: Jimbo’s Fund, The Scurrah Wainwright Charity, Mills and Reeve Solicitors, Tudor Trust, WREN Community Fund, Monument Trust, Caird Bardon Community Programme, Leeds City Council, Clothworkers Foundation, Arts Council of England, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, a private donation for the stained glass art, and the Friends of Chapel FM scheme.
In 2018 Chapel FM was winner of the Child Friendly Leeds Award for “Inspiring Creativity and Culture through the Arts”. Read more here.
The vision of ArtWorks Alliance is simple: better participatory arts work.
- Build a strategic, partnership network with a leadership model that encourages decisive, collective action
- Enable partners in the network to come together to create and run strategic activities
- Enable partners and others to share ideas and deep thinking, and to influence the arts and non-arts sectors