At Creative Seed, we work closely with local authorities, community and voluntary organisations, artists and cultural partners to achieve our objective of creating opportunities that allow access to the arts and cultural opportunities to everyone. We are big believers in collaboration in the community, and without our wonderful partners and funders, we wouldn't be able to provide all of the services and classes that we do, and we are incredibly grateful to all of the following. 

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Sunderland City Council

To allow us to continue offering our programme of pre-school support sessions, we were awarded £1000 by Sunderland City Council through the Southwick Ward Community Chest fund. 

The Community Chest grant is designed to provide support for projects that are of benefit to the local community. It is awarded to community groups and organisations to deliver activities and events, or to purchase equipment. 

To find out more about the work being supported by the fund, visit the North Sunderland Community Facebook page.

To have a look at the pre-school services we provide, visit our booking page. 

Sport England

Through their Return To Play Fund, Sport England are supporting activities at Carnival House until the end of February 2022.

Our Family Friendly Fitness project involves a range of fun, engaging activities for the whole family. 

Public Health England

Sunderland City Council pulled together a range of funding to support the reduction of health inequalities and support residents to improve their health and wellbeing in relation to healthy weight and engaging in regular physical activity, as we embark on the road map to recovery from the impact of Covid-19. This grant was set up to award to specific Voluntary and Community Sector Organisations who are already working in communities to specifically support residents during the months of July 2021 and March 2022.

This will help us deliver our FREE Health and Wellbeing sessions.

Sunderland BID

Sunderland Business Improvement District is a business led, working partnership with one clear vision – to create a vibrant city centre and opportunities for everyone. Since 2014, the BID has invested more than £3m into the city centre.

We are working with Sunderland BID on our Halloween Lights Out Parade, and we have been delivering free workshops with groups from across Sunderland in the lead up to the event. These workshops include costume making and drama and confidence building. 

The parade will take place on the 29th October, starting at The Winter Gardens, and ending outside The Bridges. 

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South Tyneside Council

We have worked in partnership with South Tyneside Council to develop their Summer Parade event into a carnival that works with both national and international artists, and engages an audience of thousands.

We are also assisting in the delivery of South Tyneside's 2021 Christmas preparations, working on their Christmas parade on the 10th December, and lighting up the following:

South Shields - 24th November

Jarrow - 26th November

Hebburn - 29th November

Sunderland Culture


Sunderland Culture is a registered charity that manages and develops cultural programmes within the Sunderland area. In November 2021, we will be working with them to provide space at Carnival House to offer Creative Co-Working and Artist Support sessions, which is a chance for creatives, freelancers and artists to meet and build relationships with one another to develop collaborative links within the city. 

For more information, visit the Sunderland Culture website.


Arts Council England


The Arts Council champion, develop and invest in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people's lives by supporting activities across the arts, museums and libraries.


They have been a crucial supporter in our work since The Creative Seed started in 2009.


Without their continued support, we simply would not have been able to offer the projects that we have to the communities in Sunderland and South Tyneside. 

The Big Issue Invest


Big Issue Invest is the social investment arm of The Big Issue, and a specialist provider of investment finance to social enterprises and charities.

They helped to fund the refurbishment of our Carnival House space, and also assisted in its running costs during the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Coalfields Regeneration Trust


Specialising in supporting former mining towns and villages in the UK, the Coalfields Regeneration Trust fund opportunities focused on improving three key themes; health & well-being, employment and skills. 

The Trust aided us in our work helping adults with disabilities, and then extended this support to allow us to continue our work throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.