Investing in Creative Collaborations

Funded by Hodge Foundation and The Moondance Foundation, CultureStep is designed to encourage new sponsorship and develop established business engagement with the arts.

Through CultureStep, A&B Cymru invests in innovative partnerships of all kinds between the two sectors, enhancing projects and increasing their long term effectiveness. 

Priorities & Criteria

CultureStep investment must be used to strengthen and develop the relationship between the business and arts partners.  All projects must also benefit individuals living in Wales and address at least one of the following priorities:

  • Arts & Diversity: partnering the arts to promote diversity in ethnicity, gender, physical abilities, race, religious or political beliefs and sexual orientation.
  • Arts & Employees: encouraging partnerships that integrate the arts into employee development, while stimulating a more creative working environment.
  • Arts & the Environment: encouraging awareness of and demonstrating commitment to environmental sustainability and regeneration through the arts.
  • Arts & Health & Wellbeing: working with the arts to aid mental, emotional and / or physical wellbeing.
  • Arts & Kids: engaging socially disadvantaged young people with the arts, making a tangible difference to the lives of some of the hardest to reach young people.
  • Arts & Older People: engaging vulnerable and disadvantaged older people with the arts, making a positive difference to their lives, offering inspiration to people who are usually isolated from family, friends and / or society.
  • Arts & Tackling Poverty: partnering the arts to improve the lives of people who do not have sufficient resources to provide an acceptable living standard which allows them to participate fully in society. 

How Much Can I Apply For?

Arts partners may apply for up to £1 from CultureStep for every £2 invested by the business partner.  A&B Cymru can advise you about how much your arts organisation is entitled to apply for.

Decision Making

CultureStep decisions are taken by a panel chaired by A&B Cymru’s Chief Executive.  Members have a diverse range of skills and expertise and a thorough understanding of relevant issues.  They also have an in-depth knowledge of A&B Cymru and a commitment to its work and strategy. 

The panel consists of 7 voting members. The group meets quarterly and operates on the principle of collective responsibility.  All members have an equal voice.  The panel are:

Rachel Jones, Chief Executive, A&B Cymru (Chair)
Kathy Brown, Assistant Vice President, Community Investment, Barclays plc
Robert Lloyd Griffiths, Director, Institute of Directors, Wales
Denise Lord, Trust Co-ordinator, Bobath Children's Therapy Centre
Samantha Maskrey, Chair, Darkley Trust
Nigel Petrie, Director, Petrie and Company
Lynne Sheehy, CSR Manager, Legal & General
Richard Tynen, Director, The Funding Centre

2022 Deadlines & Meeting Dates:

Deadline Meeting Date

Friday 13 May

Tuesday 7 June

Friday 24 June

Friday 8 July

Friday 23 September

Friday 7 October

Friday 18 November

Friday 2 December

Should you be interested in making an application, please call A&B Cymru on 029 2030 3023.  Alternatively, you can email

"The Hodge Foundation has been delighted to support CultureStep since its inception in 2014.  This exceptional scheme has directly engaged thousands of the most disadvantaged people in Wales and the Foundation views its partnership with A&B Cymru as one of its key success stories. The money levered by A&B Cymru from business directly to the arts in Wales is a clear demonstration of the charity’s ability to forge mutually beneficial partnerships between the two sectors. 

The Trustees of the Hodge Foundation wholeheartedly support the truly valuable work and expertise of A&B Cymru, which is, without doubt, a very unique Welsh charity."

Karen Hodge, Trustee, Hodge Foundation

CultureStep is an A&B Cymru programme made possible thanks to:

                 Moondance Foundation