Funders and Supporters



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Funding an arts venue is a balancing act across grant funding, generated income and community support including donations, sponsors and advertising. It is vital we keep maintain a good variety and do not become reliant on any one of these, but look to grow and strengthen them all equally. Like all arts venues, we are incredibly grateful for all the support we receive to enable us to deliver a quality arts experience for both our district and all visitors to the area.


Without grant funding it would be impossible to deliver the arts centre. We work hard to have a diverse funding portfolio, including both core and project based funding. Core funding is a more general type of funding that supports delivery of all activities across the arts centre, whilst project funding is restricted to the activities agreed in advance with the funder for a specific project. 

Core funding

We work closely with our core funder, Canterbury City Council, to ensure we are delivery a quality arts experience for the Canterbury district.

Project funding

Project funding from Community Lottery Fund has enabled us to deliver our Young Digital Makers and Waste Line projects. Funding from Heritage Lottery Fund allowed us to create the WWI Think of Me  and Young History Makers projects.

'They came from the Deep' summer 2019 projects was funded by the Foyle Foundation.

The Cleary Foundation and Brett supported our Whitstable Seaside Guide available in our shop.

 Sponsors and Supporters

We are incredibly lucky to have a broad range of supporters across the range of activities we offer. 


We rely on our Friends to allow us to carry out all the day-to-day work and ensure the centre stays accessible to all, we thank every single Friend and Great Friend. We are also very fortunate to have Best Friends who would like to say a big thank you to:

Millie Brierley

Peter Daone

Kevin Falconer

Josephine Harvatt

Philippa Langton

Anita Memmott

John Nurden

Catherine O'Rourke

Jane Webb


The only way we can provide a printed brochure every quarter is thanks to the organisations that have chosen to place an advert in it. Please support our advertisers where you can and pick up a copy of our brochure at the centre or download one from here.

Donations and donors

We work really hard to earn our income and run projects that are grant funded, but to ensure we can continue to provide all of our activities at excellent value and as accessible to as many of our community as possible, we do rely on the generous donations we receive from all our visitors and supporting organisations.

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