Stoke-on-Trent Cultural Grants

Stoke-on-Trent Cultural Anchor Grants

Stoke-on-Trent City Council continues to be a proud supporter and sponsor of the development of cultural activities across the city, with a particular focus on supporting those least likely to participate.

To support this objective, the City Council have launched the Stoke-on-Trent Cultural Anchor Grants fund to enable organisations in the sector to deliver a diverse range of cultural activities that will enable more Stoke-on-Trent residents and visitors to participate in the cultural verve of Stoke-on-Trent.


Grants Available

This fund will make £175,000 available in 2023/2024, with grants available to eligible cultural organisations. Funding awards are not guaranteed and will be assessed through a robust application process after which successful applicants will receive some or all of the amount bid for.

Anchor Grants are for cultural organisations seeking larger funds up to £25,000 to support a wider, more in-depth annual programme of cultural activity to engage Stoke-on-Trent residents and visitors.

Funding is available for projects that meet our strategic priorities and help contribute to the Stronger Together vision:

• Increase participation in cultural activities, especially amongst those who are underrepresented in the cultural life of Stoke-on-Trent.

• Protect and improve mental and physical health and wellbeing. Evidence that cultural life makes a real impact on the health, wellbeing and aspirations of local people.

• Improve quality of life, independence and choice for vulnerable adults.

• Work with residents to make our towns and communities great places to live.

• Preserve and enhance the unique heritage of our city.

• Celebrate and promote our great city and increase the number of visitors.

This guidance should be read alongside the relevant application form.

Read the full guidance document here

If you have specific queries, not included in the guidance, please email:


Anchor Grants - Eligibility

To be eligible for an Anchor Grant, organisations must:

Be formally constituted in the UK and have their own bank account with at least two signatories (registered at different addresses)

• Be able to provide 5 years financial accounts

• State arts or culture as a main objective within their official governance document and have substantial experience of delivering arts or cultural activity in the past 5 years.

• Be able to provide a signed governing document (Constitution or Articles of Association e.g. set of rules) appropriate to the legal structure of your organisation, showing your organisation/group is not-for-profit and has arts as its main object or purpose.

• Not already be in receipt of monies from the council for the provision of a service or project suggested in the bid, unless the proposal clearly evidences sustainability and increases outcomes for residents of the city.

• Have Public Liability Insurance in place up to a minimum value of £5million cover.

• Be seeking funding from this grant programme of no more than £25,000

• Link to the council’s priorities in increasing participation in cultural activities for residents and helping to meet Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s Stronger Together priorities.

• Involve professional paid artists in the activity proposed.

• Be able to provide Safeguarding Policies if you intend working with potentially vulnerable residents, including children.

• Be able to deliver the cultural activity between April 2023 and March 2024

• Organisations applying should be based in North Staffordshire

Organisations will be required to evidence that all outcomes and outputs stipulated in the bid are forecast or have been achieved prior to grant payments being made.

Anchor Grant payments will be made quarterly following receipt and approval of an evaluation report of funded activities.


Anchor Grants – What We Won’t Fund

• Activity which does not involve or engage Stoke-on-Trent residents and visitors as participants or audiences

• Projects which do not deliver against Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s Stronger Together priorities

• Activity which already happens or would happen without the Anchor Grant funding or activity

• Activity/projects which happen before the decision date for the grant application, or activity which are due to finish after the closing date of the grant

• Prizes, competitions or fundraising events

• Projects without activity and outcomes that that can be measured and evaluated

• Grants for property maintenance, office equipment and operational services


Timeline – Key dates

Application submitted by: Friday 7 October 2022

Applicants invited to present to the assessment panel: Week commencing 31 October

Applicant notification*: week commencing 7 November

• Project delivery phase: March 2023 to April 2024

Deadline for project evaluation reports: To be agreed

*Subject to change depending on volume of applications and availability of panel. Applicants may be contacted for further information/clarification during the assessment period.


How to Apply

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Application form