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 grands 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.
They are currently funding us to run “Uncovering Carlisle’s Textile Revolution” and “Cumbria’s Atomic Story – a Fusion of People and Place“.

Heritage Lottery and Crowdfunder

Studio Theatre Carlisle ran a Crowdfunder to raise the money needed to take their next production Shadow Tales on tour around Cumbria.
The crowdfunder raised £7,380 over the 6 weeks it ran (11th May until the 20th July) 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, also to Stead McAlpins, First Choice Meats and Kirklinton Hall Historic House and Gardens for their support.

Carlisle City Council

We receive lots of support from Carlisle City Council in many different ways, we are based in a Carlisle City Council building, 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.

Business in the Arts

Business in the Arts has 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 Brightspark Marketing, developing our marketing and communications.

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.