Create North East Lincolnshire small (£500-£1,500) project grants remain open on a rolling basis, for one-off projects in North East Lincolnshire with support from Arts Council England Place Partnership Fund and UK Shared Prosperity Fund.    You will also need to complete an inclusion monitoring form.  Read for further guidance.

Please note that we will accept audio or video applications for funding applications, which answer all of the questions (although personal detail sections of the form would need to be completed).

Please also be aware of our new email address createnortheastlincolnshire@nelincs.gov.uk

Share our new handle on social media @CreateNorthEastLincolnshire on Facebook and Instagram (in the process of being updates) and @CreateNEL on X.

Creative Match Fund is a fund to help increase investment across North East Lincolnshire in arts, culture and heritage activities and events. Applicants can bid into the Creative Match Fund for up to £5,000 and use this as match funding for revenue bids to heritage and arts funders, such as Arts Council England or National Lottery Heritage Fund. Grants of between £500 and £5,000 are available, with the maximum grant award being 10% of costs, or £5,000 (whichever is the smaller). In exceptional circumstances grants of over £5,000 may be offered. There is no deadline but this is on a first come first served basis.

Our next Create North East Lincolnshire Networking event is taking place at The Grumpy Kitchen, 41 Alexandra Road, Cleethorpes, DN35 8LE on Tuesday 21st November from 5pm until 7:30pm. Reserve a spot for free.

Create North East Lincolnshire are running a go-see visit to Barnsley for local creatives on Thursday 30th November 2023. There will be chance to see Annabel McCourt’s exhibition ‘I’m Sorry’ and hear from Annabel herself, tour the Barnsley Civic, tour Barnsley’s HAZ area and immerse in the public artwork, visit Experience Barnsley Museum and The Cooper Gallery and visit a creative recovery community. Places are limited, first-come first served. Booking and further details.

Festival of the Sea Grimsby is back for its fourth year on Saturday 22nd June 2024 and we want local individuals, community groups and organisations to get involved and help us develop the festival further. Do you want to tell us what you think the future of the festival should be? We’re hosting a Project Consultation where we want to hear your opinion on how we can further explore our relationship to the Sea, who’d you like to see at the festival and if you’d like to get involved behind the scenes to make it happen! Book on and come and see us on Wednesday 6th December at the Fishing Heritage centre at 2pm.

Arts Council England update their National Lottery Project Grants Programme every few years based on feedback from those that look to apply for funding.  As a result, from November, the application form has been updated to make it clearer and easier to complete.  There will also be updated resources to support preparation for an application.

Key changes include:

  • Three different application forms dependent on what you are applying for, with questions only to be relevant to the amount.  Those amounts are: £30,000 or under, £30,001 to £100,000 and £100,001+
  • More space to describe your project in your own words, to show what it means to you and those experiencing it.
  • Less reading for projects £30,000 or less.  There will no longer be a need to read Arts Council England’s ‘Let’s Create’ Strategy and no need to explain how the project contributes to the outcomes of the strategy.  Alternative questions will be provided that use clearer language.
  • New bite-sized online resources will be provided for those new to applying for Arts Council funding.
  • Website changes that will make finding relevant information and guidance more straightforward.
  • From 1st December 2023, Projects over £100,001 were previously known as ‘Nationally Significant Project’ will now be known as ‘Major Projects’.  Such projects need to be innovative, collaborative and international.

More information is found on Arts Council England’s National Lottery Project Grants page.

You may also be interested in setting up an international partnership. The Cultural Bridge Programme might be for you. This supports intercultural exchange and dialogue between Germany and the UK in the field of participative arts and culture. There are two tiers (up to £10,000 per partnership and up to £30,000 per partnership). Deadline is Wednesday 22nd November 2023 5pm. 

Magna Vitae have a fantastic opportunity for a Creative Producer to join the SO Festival team on a Full Time and permanent contract. The Creative Producer will work closely with the Artistic Director, Development and Partnerships Manager and the wider team to help produce the live festival programme and year-round projects aligned to their Activity Plan. To apply for one of the roles, please complete the Magna Vitae application form and send it to Matthew Archer, Development and Partnerships Manager at matthew.archer@mctlc.org by 9am on Wednesday 22 November 202. Interviews are planned to take place in late November 2023. 

Applications for the UK and international Unlimited Open Awards can be made from August 31st. Are you a disabled artist who has a bucket full of ideas but don’t have enough funding for them? The Open Awards are offering a total of £600,000 to 14 disabled artists to create extraordinary work.  Projects can be at any stage of development and across a wide range of artforms.

The Faraway CIC have launched their Winter Writing contest, closing date of 11th December. They are looking for creatives to share their winter stories and poetry for the chance of winning a video adaptation of their work. This year’s theme is ‘wonder’. Can you follow in the footsteps of last year’s winner?

The Humber Museums Partnership (HMP) is pleased to announce the return of their small grants scheme for independent museums and heritage organisations in the Humber region. The scheme is open to all museums and heritage organisations across Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, North and North East Lincolnshire.  Round 1 opens in November 2023 and round 2 in May 2024. You can apply for grants between £2,000 – £6,000 and you do not need to be accredited to apply. Projects must be completed by December 2025. Interested museums are invited to submit an initial short expression of interest or discuss their projects with a member of the HMP team before submitting.  For informal discussions, expressions of interest or to request an application pack please contact Sarah Howard, Programme and Development Manager, Hull Museums and Gallery: Sarah.howard@hcandl.co.uk, 01482 616645. 

Paula and Jo from Our Big Picture are keen to welcome artists and creatives to their space in Grimsby town centre with introductory offers for co-working space.  Get in touch with them to find out more: paula@ourbigpicture.co.uk or jo.shaw@ourbigpicture.co.uk.

The Kasbah at Grimsby’s famous port could be an ideal location for filming. Take a look here for further information.

Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre are seeking new casual Trawler Guides.  For more information please contact David Ornsby David.Ornsby@nelincs.gov.uk.

Grimsby Institute may have space for your performing arts or music group or dance company etc in their theatre/hall or sports centre/dance studio particularly on evenings and weekends.  If you’re interested in this, please contact us via grimsbycreates@nelincs.gov.uk and we’ll intro you to the team at Grimsby Institute.

Fancy supporting the Grimsby Creates programme as a volunteer? Sign up to our Grimsby Creates Champion Portal.

Creative Directory – Send in your details on our online form so we can build up a picture of the creative talent within NEL.

Yorkshire & Humber Visual Arts Network (YVAN) are looking for new Directors to join their Board at an exciting point in their development as they consolidate their organisation to create a closer alignment with the artist and artist-led visual arts sector in the region. These a voluntary positions, with two deadlines of 30th June 2023 and 30th October 2023.

What’s on

RED SAIL are hosting their second evening of words, music and art on Saturday 25th November at Turntable Gallery.  Take it all in and have a listen and chat or be brave and get up there to perform, it’s up to you.   Book your ticket for just £7.

Every 2nd Thursday of the month, join Resident MC Lauren Smith as she hosts Stand-Up Comedy from some of the best talent on the circuit at Vittles & Company.  Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

Next up at The Caxton Theatre is The Railway Children, 2nd-9th December.

Cineshow’s next immersive cinema experience is Die Hard on Saturday 23rd December at Grimsby Central Hall.

Our Big Picture have launched their new club the IMAGINE CLUB for young creatives aged between 7 and 11 years old. This runs weekly on Saturdays, 10am-11pm. Contact Jo at Our Big Picture: obpteam@ourbigpicture.co.uk for a registration pack.

Our Big Picture have launched their REIMAGINE adult weekly art club on Tuesdays form 4pm-6pm. Contact Jo at Our Big Picture: obpteam@ourbigpicture.co.uk for a registration pack.

Climb 4 have launched a user-led creative writing and art club two Fridays every month for 11-18 year olds. Exploring themes such as emotion, culture, diversity and hidden illness, activates include fun craft, story writing, poems, fashion design, sewing, drawing, sculpture and painting. 6 week discounted membership is available. For more information contact Climb 4 info@climb4.co.uk or 07548825027.


Turntable Gallery host ‘Contagion’, drawing together the works of Brian David Downs and Julie Osko. The exhibition features intricate and often combative drawings and runs from 28th October to 25th November 2023. 

A new exhibition opens at the Murial Barker Gallery, Fishing Heritage Centre Grimsby on 15th September and lasting until 31st December.  ‘Tracks, Smacks and Sunhats’ depicts the influence of the railway on Grimsby and Cleethorpes and also celebrates 150 years of Cleethorpes Pier.


We are offering a training session on ESAG (Event Safety Advisory Group) and Licensing for Events on Tuesday 21st November 14:00-16:00 at YMCA Humber. You can book on for free.

As part of their Crowdfunder Creative Match, Red Herring Games are running an epic 26 free workshops ‘Untitled’ in North East Lincolnshire aimed at upskilling local writers.  A fantastic array of opportunities over the next 11 months. 

Grimbarians Studio provides a haven for creatives to collaborate, socialise and create.  They put on workshops in various disciplines as well as hosting social evenings.  Check out their website to find out more.

Gemma and Ben aka It Started With A Stitch and The Dandy Introvert are ready to welcome you to their Get Crafty on the Docks creative spaceSign up to their newsletter to find out what’s going on!

Lee from Acting Lincs has created a safe space to share, take risks and grow.  Offering 3 levels of classes for beginners, intermediate and professionals at Grimsby Institute for Further and Higher Education on a weekly basis.

Kasbah Theatre are running an puppeteer evening workshop: ‘Making Children’s Theatre’ on Tuesday 12th December 19:30-21:30. Limited places.

The SEND Employment Forum is on Wednesday 29th November from 8:30am-12noon at 155-159 Freeman Street, Grimsby, DN32 7AR (Learning4Life building). All local businesses and organisations are invited to attend the forum to learn more about hiring young people with SEND. This is a chance to network with other organisations and leaders in SEND. To book your place contact Annie Cook at AskAnnie@nelincs.gov.uk.