Access Fund

Barnet & Culture for Youth Members can apply for small grants of up to £500 supporting young people’s access to cultural education opportunities.

This Barnet & Culture for Youth Access Fund is £5,000 annually and managed by artsdepot. The aim of the funding is to support the development of partnerships and collaborations between schools or youth organisations and arts organisations. 

Applications are particularly encouraged from those working in the priority areas of excluded children, those with special educational needs, faith schools and home educated children. To see examples of successful applications, visit the tab above named Successful Grant Recipients. 

To apply for funding from the Access Fund, please complete this short form. Applications are rolling. Please get in touch with if you have any questions.

The Compton
The Compton School is a non-selective mixed comprehensive secondary school and sixth form in Barnet. They have had three successive 'outstanding' OFSTED reports which is reflected in the exceptional progress that their students make at exam level. They have also successfully gained Gold Artsmark status.  

The Compton will use B&CY funding to support students' access to cultural education opportunities and support their reapplication to Artsmark, working towards Platinum status. This opportunity will help enhance their students' (including 14.1% SEND students and 30% students eligible for pupil premium) knowledge of arts and culture, as some would not have this opportunity through their home lives.  

Fresh Arts Education
Fresh Arts provides arts education for children of all ages. They are committed to widening participation in the arts and believe every child should have the opportunity to participate in the arts.  
Fresh Arts Education will use B&CY funding to pilot a creative wellbeing project in a Barnet School with disadvantaged young people. Working with 5 class groups, they will deliver creativity and wellbeing workshops. They will be using the evaluation from this pilot as part of our evidence for longer term funding for this arts and wellbeing project for schools in Barnet and surrounding areas. 

The Archer Academy
One of The Archer Academy’s core focusses is to enable all students to thrive in their creative learning and have equal opportunities and access to the arts. As a school, they recognise the importance of the arts being promoted and supported within the school structure.  
The Archer Academy will be using their B&CY funding towards gaining an Artsmark accreditation for the department and to enable them to further expand the school’s arts provision. The funding will enable them to widen the range of extracurricular activities with a specific focus on pupil premium. 

The Pavilion 
The Pavilion is the main Alternative Provision for Barnet, and offers a range of educational programmes and services for young people unable to attend mainstream schools for a variety of reasons including social, emotional, behavioural and medical difficulties. 
The B&CY funding will go towards a keyboard, karaoke machine and dance workshops for pupils. The Pavilion believe that the arts are an essential outlet for develop their pupil’s self-expression, potential and confidence. Many of their pupils have a passion for music and dance but are unable to access opportunities outside of The Pavilion.  

Voicebox CIC
Voicebox is a new company who are eager to develop connections and relationships that broaden their engagement with Barnet’s schools. They deliver drama-based PSHE workshops exploring the question of what it means to be a man today. 

Voicebox will be using their B&CY grant to subsidise workshop costs and offer their programme free of charge for ten workshops with primary and secondary schools in Barnet. The aim of this project is to develop their profile in Barnet and make schools aware of the benefits of Voicebox’s work. 

The Israeli Dance Institute 
The Israeli Dance Institute is an educational charity. Using the tool of Israeli dance, they promote Jewish self-esteem, inter-faith understanding and community cohesion, through teacher training, performance and recreational classes. 

The B&CY fund will support the launch of a special programme for primary school children around the theme of Jewish Festivals. The aim of the programme is to provide teachers in both faith and mainstream schools with the tools to use dance around Jewish Festival themes to enhance children's learning and understanding. The funding will support mainstream schools accessing these resources for free.  

Barnet Libraries
Barnet Libraries were awarded a Barnet & Culture for Youth grant to work with Fly High Stories on their project 'Adventures in the Libraries' as part of their Summer Reading Challenge for children and families in Barnet. 

Adapted in light of COVID-19, the project was designed to take place at home and was an online interactive storytelling performance. The aim of the workshop was to give participants a feeling of agency - that they are in charge of the story which is unfolding right in front of their eyes. 

This B&CY funding enabled Barnet Libraries to provide up to 30 children to participate in a professionally run, online drama workshop related directly to their Summer Reading Challenge 'Silly Squad.’ 

New Horizons Theatre Company
New Horizons Theatre Company is an inclusive theatre company. They are committed to developing artistic and imaginative performers both in main stream and with learning disabilities. 

New Horizons Theatre Company have been awarded a B&CY grant to run an outreach project in local schools (tbc). Through this scheme New Horizons aim to widen participation amongst young people in drama and to show there are groups available that are accessible to a range of diverse backgrounds. Their workshop will encourage integration, confidence building, collaboration, creativity and imagination. 

Oakleigh School
Oakleigh School caters for children aged 2 – 11 who have severe learning difficulties and complex needs. The population includes children with additional needs, such as physical or sensory, and some children on the Autism Spectrum.

Due to their pupils' need, it is very difficult for them to access theatre and arts events. Oakleigh School successfully applied for a BCEP grant for theatre-in-education company MM Theatrical Productions to visit the school and perform to their pupils. Students will experience and benefit from the magic of a live theatre production. It will be a beneficial learning experience and hopefully bring excitement and joy to the young people.