Margaret Vaughan, Chief Operating Officer of CDCF says “The CIF fund has been a great example of partnership working to invest in the communities of Teesdale, Weardale and former coalfield areas of south west Durham. Through the CIF the Foundation has connected with groups who previously had not explored the potential that small grant funding could deliver to enhance and deepen their group activities.”

Northern Heartlands Community Initiative Fund

The fourth and final round closed for applications on 31st May 2019.

Through this small grants scheme, Northern Heartlands aimed to:

  • Help people and communities influence future change by better understanding their past.
  • Help strengthen people’s sense of belonging and identity in the place/locality/landscape where they live
  • Provide opportunities for communities to come together in projects using arts, culture and heritage to support greater prosperity and/or improved health and well-being
  • Provide opportunities to help arts, culture and heritage organisations to collaborate with each other
  • Help people to have more access to arts, cultural and heritage activities, places and events.


CIF Round One – Music at the Heart of Teesdale

38 Sec Read: As part of our on-going revival of folk song and dance traditions in the Teesdale area, our youth folk

CIF Round One – Tow Law Community Association

39 Sec Read: As part of a yearlong project of Tow Law Community Association ‘Wild Flower’ project supported by Northern Heartland Initiative

CIF Round One – YMCA

1 Min Read: The young people of the YMCA have been going round Barnard Castle taking photos with different devices and learning

CIF Round One – At Home With Heritage

55 Sec Read: At Home with Heritage is a cross-curricular project by St John’s School and Sixth Form College, Bishop Auckland, designed

CIF Round One – Altogether Archaeology

22 Sec Read: The aim of the group is to promote awareness of the archaeological heritage of the North Pennines and the

CIF Round One – Teesdale Art Net

42 Sec Read: TeesdaleArtNet, TAN, are a group of artists living or working in Teesdale, at different stages of their artistic careers,

CIF Round One – River Gaunless for People and Wildlife

1 Min Read: Funding from the Northern Heartlands Community Initiative Fund has helped enable, particularly through supporting travel costs (often a barrier

CIF Round One – Drama in the Dale

36 Sec Read: Drama in the Dale have been working on their production of Shakespeare’s As You Like It. Rehearsals have gone

CIF Round One – Montalbo School Community and School Train Garden

1 Min Read: In the Summer term, a group of children from Montalbo Nursery and Primary School interviewed local residents to find