Our Funders

We are an arts organisation and a charity. In order to help and support people in Cumbria, we need to raise funds through grants and donations. We’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you to the following organisations for their continued support.

We couldn’t do it without you!

The Arts Council of England

We have been continuously selected by the Arts Council to part of their National Portfolio Funded Organisations since 2011.
“National Portfolio Organisations are leaders in their areas, with a collective responsibility to protect and develop our national arts and cultural ecology.” – Arts Council England
The Arts Council fund roughly a quarter of our organisation’s costs.

Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)

We successfully apply for Heritage Lottery Funding for many of our projects as we often explore themes of culture and history in our projects.

Children in Need

Children in Need fund our Youth Theatre programme for children and young people with additional needs.

National Lottery Community Fund

We have recently received a grant from them to help us relocate our studio to our new building at the Central Methodist Hall.

Esmee Fairburn

Their funding is enabling us to run a project with the University of Cumbria to work with students and our participants to develop their creative skills. 

Heritage Lottery and Crowdfunder 2018

Studio Theatre Carlisle ran a Crowdfunder to raise the money needed to take their production Shadow Tales on tour around Cumbria.
The crowdfunder raised £7,380 from 80 donations including a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of the Heritage+The Crowd matched crowdfunding pilot programme.
You can view the completed campaign here –

Thank you to everyone who donated.

Carlisle City Council

We receive lots of support from Carlisle City Council in many different ways. We were commissioned to work with them to create the Carlisle Puppet Pageant and we tour our theatre productions to their arts venue the Old Fire Station.

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.

Creative Futures Cumbria, Cumbria Headstart & Big Lottery Fund, Northern Rock Foundation, Dobies Charitable Trust, The Steven Bloch Image of Disability Charitable Trust, The Sterry Family Foundation, The Pixel Fund, Copeland Borough Council, The Hedley Foundation,  The Crown Gallery in Carlisle, Cumbria County Council’s Castle and Belah Neighbourhood Forums, Age Concern Appleby, The Cumberland Building Society Charitable Foundation, The Coutts Charitable Trust, Lions Club of Penrith, Bryan Lancaster’s Trust, Carlisle Rotary Club Charitable Trust, Suzan Smillie, World Health Innovation Summit, Cumbria County Council and Reays.

Donations and grants like these are essential to the future of Prism Arts and thank everyone who has helped us to deliver programmes and projects that enhance and enrich the lives of others.