Our Funders

Prism Arts is an arts organisation and a charity. We fundraise to attract grants and donations to sustain and develop our arts services in Cumbria.
We gratefully acknowledge support from the following organisations:

Arts Council

In 2011 Prism Arts was awarded National Portfolio Organisation status by the Arts Council of England. We were delighted to achieve this funding as it will enable Prism Arts to engage with more people across Cumbria.




In March 2014, Prism Arts received a £10,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project, ‘Animating The Georgians’, based in Cockermouth.  The project will provide an opportunity for young people with learning disabilities to learn about Cockermouth’s Georgian heritage, and then to create and develop two Georgian inspired performances: a Georgian street puppet performance and a digital animation.

Northern Rock

Northern Rock Foundation are currently funding a three year programme of work to allow us to run creative sessions for older people, stroke survivors, and people with memory issues in Carlisle and across Cumbria. Northern Rock Foundation previously funded the start up costs of our new Prism Arts Studio Theatre project.

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Creative Futures Cumbria, Cumbria Headstart and the Big Lottery Fund: supporting our Artist Rooms project, in partnership with Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, working with James Rennie School.

Big Lottery Fund

In Summer 2014, the Big Lottery Fund helped to fund the Prism Arts Studio Theatre Summer School. This took place over two weeks in August and culminated in a parade involving giant puppets as part of Carlisle Pageant.


Carlisle City Council

In Summer 2014, Carlisle City Council helped to fund the Prism Arts Studio Theatre Summer School, which culminated in a performance of giant puppets as part of the Carlisle Pageant.

Cumbria County Council

Cumbria County Council has funded Prism Arts to continue Spinning Yarns, our project for older people, in Egremont and Barrow until March 2012.  Cumbria County Council also provided funding for the Adult Mental Health Prevention Project 2012/13 which we delivered in partnership with New Arts North.

Business in the Arts

Since 2008 Business in the Arts have supported Prism Arts through their excellent mentoring and professional support programmes and the Board Bank. As a result of this support Prism Arts’ Director is currently being mentored by Mike Cambrey from Learning Partnerships in Staveley. We have been mentored by Jackie Harris from Bright Sparks Marketing, developing our marketing and communications. Jackie Harris is now a board member.

Trust Funds and Donations

We would also like to thank all the individuals and organisations below that have made charitable donations and grants to support Prism Arts in 2011/12 and 2013.

Crown Gallery


  • Dobies Charitable Trust for a continued donation of £250 towards our work.
  • The Steven Bloch Image of Disability Charitable Trust for £200 towards our work, and a further £500 towards our work.
  • The Sterry Family Foundation for £2000 towards our work.
  • The Pixel Fund for £5000 towards our work with people with dementia.
  • Copeland Borough Council for £500 towards our West Coast advocacy programme.
  • The Hedley Foundation for a £1,000 capital equipment grant.
  • The Crown Gallery in Carlisle for a very generous of £250.
  • Cumbria County Council’s Castle and Belah Neighbourhood Forums, Carlisle, for grants of £400 each towards our Cricket on Horseback and Studio Theatre Taster Project for young people and adults with learning disabilities.
  • Age Concern Appleby for a wonderful donation of £1,947 to continue our Spinning Yarns group in Appleby until March 2012.
  • The Cumberland Building Society Charitable Foundation for £500 towards our inclusive arts programme.
  • The Coutts Charitable Trust for £500 towards our work.
  • Lions Club of Penrith for £500 towards our work.
  • The Proven Family Trust for £300 and again for £200 towards our work.
  • Bryan Lancaster’s Trust for £300 towards our work.
  • Carlisle Rotary Club Charitable Trust for £150 towards our work.
  • Suzan Smillie for her donation of £35 to Creative Arts and Conversations.

Donations and grants like these are essential to the future of Prism Arts.

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