The Tramlines Trust, created in 2022, has now given out 42 funding grants totalling over £30k, with over £10k going directly to businesses benefitting Hillsborough.

Tramlines has raised over £150k for charity since 2018 and donated over 350 tickets in 2022 to Tickets for Good, Sheffield Young Carers and other local charities. An independent report from Bluegrass Research and Sheffield City Council has shown at least £3.8million was generated for the local economy including a direct boost for the local cultural sector, by funding over £500k to the Tramlines Fringe and free activities in the city centre since 2009.

Tramlines 2022 raised over £50k for charity which went to the Tramlines Trust, Hillsborough Primary School, the NSPCC and The Sarah Nulty Power of Music Foundation – named after the former Tramlines director and providing grants to people in Sheffield using the power of music to transform people’s lives.

This brings the total raised since 2018 to over £150k, with a 54 per cent rise in charity donations between 2021 and 2022. Tramlines has tripled the number of charities supported since 2018.

The inaugural round of funding from the Tramlines Trust has seen £30,183 distributed to a wide range of businesses which enhance, educate or support the lives of local communities in the city. The Trust also funds projects and organisations that engage with young people, support South Yorkshire’s Art & Culture and support societal issues such as the environment, homelessness and health.


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Over £10k from the Tramlines Trust has gone directly to Hillsborough. This includes the Hillsborough Hornets Disability Football Club and The Burton St Foundation, a community organisation hosting over 2,500 people weekly including an adult social care provision. Other Hillsborough based groups include Age UK, Disability Sheffield, S6 Foodbank, A Mind Apart, The 393 Centre, Rivelin Co, Riva Project and more.

For the first time, Tramlines has commissioned a full economic report with Bluegrass Research which showed the 2022 event generated in excess of £3.8 million for the local economy. This was calculated by looking at the number of attendees, local contracts, accommodation, expenditure outside the event, people travelling to the city, local talent performing and local suppliers.

As part of the commitment to keep the festival supportive of local music and diversity, programming of The Library Stage in 2022 was handed over to various Sheffield-based organisations. Friday saw local venue/event space DINA put together an all-female showcase with an emphasis on LGBT+ artists while on Saturdy, Pattern + Push created a huge line-up of regional rappers, vocalists, DJs and lyricists who are being supported to create positive lyrics that serve to inspire young people. On Sunday, BBC Radio Sheffield were invited to use their BBC Introducing brand to bring a range of fantastic emerging local talent to Tramlines.

All this activity has not gone unnoticed and Tramlines are delighted to reveal they have been shortlisted at The UK Festival Awards for ‘The Sarah Nulty Community Impact’ Award. The winner in this category will be announced during the award ceremony on Tuesday, December 6 in Manchester.

The hotly anticipated lineup for Tramlines 2023 will be the next major announcement from the festival.