Arts, Culture & Heritage

Funding for Events and Festivals (Scotland) 14th October 2019

Grants of between £300 and £1500 are now available to organisations running accredited museums in Scotland to enable them to stage an event that is part of a wider local or regional event programme or festival. The Museums Galleries Scotland Festival Fund is designed to help museums to develop local and regional relationships in order to increase their audience development potential. Events included in the application must be open to members...

Funding for Music Making Projects For Young People in Challenging Circumstances (England) 11th October 2019

Schools as well as other not-for-profit organisations can apply for grants to fund developmental music-making projects for children and young people in challenging circumstances as well as for projects that support the development of the workforce, organisations and the wider music making sector. The funding is being made available through Youth Music, England's largest children's music charity, which provides funding for music-making projects...

Funding for Artists to Develop their Artistic Practice (England) 11th October 2019

The next funding round of the Arts Council England's Developing your Creative Practice programme has re-opened for applications. Developing your Creative Practice makes grants of up to £10,000 and has been designed to support the development of independent creative practioners working in dance, theatre, music, visual arts, literature, combined arts or museums practice. The aim is to offer practitioners the time and space to work on ambitious...

PRS Foundation – Resonate Fund Re-opens for Applications (UK) 10th October 2019

The PRS Foundation has announced that the Resonate fund has re-opened for applications. The fund aims to encourage professional orchestras to programme into their repertoire the best pieces of British music from the past 25 years. Grants of up to £10,000 are available to orchestras who commit to exploring contemporary UK repertoire as part of a season/tour and longer-term audience development programme. The Resonate fund is open to all full a...

Funding to Promote Events in Scotland (Scotland) 8th October 2019

EventScotland, the national events agency which aims to strengthen and promote Scotland's events industry, has announced the National Events Programme round 43 is open to applications for events from January 2020 onwards. The National Events Programme complements the International Funding Programme and is important in developing domestic tourism across Scotland. Through the programme funding is available to support events (outside of the citie...

Funding for Links with Japan (UK) 3rd October 2019

Grants of £2,000 - £7,000 are available to promote and support interaction between the two countries. Daiwa Foundation Small Grants can cover all fields of activity, including educational and other projects and events. New initiatives are especially encouraged. Projects that have received funding in the past include Beckfoot School (Bingley) which received a grant of £3,000 to support a two-week curriculum-based school exchange visit by ten...

Historic England - National Capacity Building Programme (England) 3rd October 2019

Historic England has announced that the National Capacity Building Programme is now open for applications. Funding is available for England wide activities and projects that promote the conservation, understanding and sustainable management and development of the historic environment. Applications must refer to the Historic England Corporate Plan, and identify how they will align with Historic England’s strategic objectives and activities. A...

Grants for Small Museums for Conservation and Management (UK) 2nd October 2019

Grants of up to £10,000 are available to help small museums develop a more sustainable approach to the conservation and management of collections. This could include funding towards tailored, specialist advice about care of collections, equipment to implement that advice, staff or volunteers training, display cases and picture framing. The funding is being made available through the Association of Independent Museums (AIM), and is available t...

PRS Music Foundation Composers’ Fund Opens for Applications (UK) 1st October 2019

The Performing Rights Society (PRS) for Music Foundation, the UK's leading funder of new music across all genres, has announced that a new round of applications to its Composers' Fund has opened for applications. Grants can be for up to £10,000 and it is anticipated that the Foundations will make 10 - 15 awards a year. The fund is open to composers with a strong track record in their field who are at a point in their career where access to fu...

Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation (UK) 27th September 2019

The Wingate Foundation has announced that the next deadline to apply is the 4th December 2019.The Foundation supports projects, institutions and activities in the following areras: Jewish Life and Learning; Performing Arts; Music; and Medical Research Travel grants. Applications are invited from smaller charitable organisations only; the Trustees will not consider approaches from large charities who are well represented on the High Street or...

Funding for Front of House Theatre Lighting (UK) 24th September 2019

Not-for-profit theatres, both amateur and professional, with less than a 500-seat capacity can now apply for the opportunity for a full upgrade to their Front-of-House lights. The funding is provided by a partnership between the Theatres Trust and GDS, who manufacture LED lighting equipment and controls, and will allow one theatre to benefit from a full upgrade to its front-of-house lights. The GDS Front of House fund will deliver a complete s...

Grant Programme for Arts Award Centres (UK) 23rd September 2019

Arts Award Centres working on Arts Award projects with young people for whom access and inclusion is an issue can apply for grants of between £100 and £1,500 to support their work. Applications are welcomed from all registered Arts Award centres based in the UK with priority given to those working with young people for whom access and inclusion is an issue and where the grant will be used to support the organisation to pilot, embed or develo...

Project Development Funding for Churches (UK) 20th September 2019

Grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 are available to listed and unlisted Christian places towards developing a church building project. This includes Churches, Chapels and Meeting Houses. The funding is being made available through the National Churches Trusts Gateway Programme. The closing date for applications is the 9th January 2020. The Gateway Grant Programme also offers grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 to local church tr...

Funding for Cultural and Educational Links with Japan (UK) 18th September 2019

Grants are available to schools, cultural organisations and universities; to develop a greater understanding of Japanese culture. Grants of up to £5,000 are available to support the study of the Japanese language and culture, School, Education and Youth exchanges. In the past, the Foundation has made grants towards visits between the UK and Japan by teachers and young people and the teaching and development of Japanese language and cultural s...

Funding for Museums to Purchase Equipment (Scotland) 17th September 2019

Independent accredited museums in Scotland can apply for grants to purchase small equipment. This can include items such as ICT, audio-visual, environmental monitoring or collections care equipment. Organisations can apply for £300 to £600 (up to 100% of total purchase costs).  The funding is being made available through the Museums, Galleries Scotland Purchase Fund.  This is a rolling fund to which applications can be accepted at any time...

BFI Audience Fund Opens for Applications (UK) 17th September 2019

Organisations with direct experience of film distribution, exhibition and audience development can now apply for funding of between £20,000 and £200,000 for a range of audience-facing activities to boost diversity and inclusivity, and to build a broad film culture across the UK. The British Film Institute Audience Fund provides two types of awards: Project Awards – these support clearly defined time-limited proposals to increase audience c...

Idlewild Trust Announces Next Application Deadline (UK) 13th September 2019

The Idlewild Trust has announced that the next closing date for applications to its grantmaking programme is the 13th February 2020. The Idlewild Trust supports charities that improve opportunities for young professionals working in the arts, particularly at an early stage in their careers; and supporting the conservation of important works of art and objects in museums, galleries, places of worship, historic buildings or their grounds that ar...

Grants for Churches for the Conservation of Decorative Features and Monuments (UK) 12th September 2019

Grants of between £500 and £3,000 are available to churches, chapels and other places of worship built before 1896 to carry out small programmes of conservation work to decorative features and monuments. All work funded must be directed by a professional architect or established conservator and completed according to the principles of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB). The funding is being made available through the...

FCC Scottish Action Fund (Scotland) 9th September 2019

Not for profit organisations such as registered charities, community councils, community groups and local authorities can apply for grants of between £2,000 and £40,000 to fund community recycling and biodiversity projects as well as improvements to public amenities, parks and historic buildings. The funding is being made available through the FCC Scottish Action Fund. To be eligible most projects must be within 10 miles of an eligible licen...

Royal Victoria Hall Foundation (London) 6th September 2019

Professional Theatre Companies in London can apply for grants of £250 - £2000 through the Royal Victoria Hall Foundation. Each year, the Foundation awards between twenty and thirty grants to smaller scale professional theatre projects based in London. There are two rounds of funding, with deadlines in February and August. The Foundation has two major aims: to help professional productions in need of financial support and to introduce high-qu...

Grants of up to £5,000 Available to Support the Performing Arts and the Conservation of Historic Objects (UK) 23rd August 2019

UK registered charities, public authorities or institutions active in the areas of the Performing Arts and Conservation can apply for grants of up to £5,000 for projects that promote excellence in professional performance in music, dance and theatre; and projects to conserve historic objects, collections and features of buildings and landscapes which date from the Georgian period or earlier, i.e. pre-1830s. The funding is being made available...

ChurchCare - Grants for Fabric Repairs (UK) 23rd August 2019

The Church of England has announced that the next deadline for applications to its ChurchCare - Grants for Fabric Repairs is the 27th January 2020. ChurchCare supports all those in parishes, dioceses and cathedrals caring for their buildings. The Fabric Repairs programme helps PCCs with the eligible costs of essential fabric repairs in architecturally or historically significant Anglican churches in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Irelan...

Grants of up to £15,000 for Science and the Arts Projects (North West of England) 23rd August 2019

Organisations (preferably with charitable status) based in the north-west of England are invited to submit imaginative proposals for projects that encourage and promote the study, practice and appreciation of science and the arts. Awards of usually £500 to £15,000 are made 3 times a year (with the average award being around £3,000) to support a wide range of activities that have in the past included capital costs for buildings, work in scho...

Grants of up to £5 Million Available for Heritage Projects (UK) 22nd August 2019

The Heritage Fund has announced that the next closing date for its Funding Programme £250,000 - £5 Million is the 19th November 2019. The Heritage Fund provides grants to fund a broad range of projects that connect people and communities to the national, regional and local heritage of the UK. This can include a broad range projects relating to natural and designed landscapes; cultural traditions; community archaeology; historic buildings,...

Grants of up to £1,000 Available to Support Traditional Arts (Scotland) 14th August 2019

Grants of up to £1,000 are available to provide support for traditional artists and organisations to create, perform, tour and showcase work. The fund can also support professional development and learning projects. In general, individuals (over 18), groups and organisations either based in Scotland, or undertaking work in Scotland, can apply to this fund. The funding is being made available through the Traditional Arts Small Grants Fund. A...

National Archives Scoping Grants (UK) 12th August 2019

The National Archives has announced that the next deadline for it Scoping Grants is the 28th October 2019. The funding is available to museums and other public bodies, registered charities and not for profit organisations that hold collections. A Scoping Grant prides funding of up to £3,000 to produce a report that incorporates expert advice on a range of areas relating to collections management and the development of an organisation’s c...

Touring Fund for Theatre and Dance Opens for Applications (Scotland) 5th August 2019

Scottish based dance and theatre artists, venues producers, companies and organisations have until the 14th October 2019 to apply for funding for the making and touring of new work or the restaging of previous work. Since the Fund launched last year, 28 projects have received a total of £2 million, enabling a variety of theatre, circus, street dance and spoken word performances to weave their way to small and medium sized venues across 31 of...

War Memorials Grant Scheme (UK) 2nd August 2019

Grants of up to £30,000 are available for the repair and conservation of free-standing war memorials in England. These grants are intended to help those who are responsible for the upkeep of war memorials. The grants support the care and preservation of war memorials to a high standard, and to prevent the decay of this important part of our built heritage. Grants will normally be for up to a maximum of 75% of eligible costs. The funding is be...

Grants of Up to £5,000 Available to Repair Small Theatres (London) 30th July 2019

Small Theatres in London can apply for grants of up to £5,000 to address urgent building repairs, improve operational viability, introduce environmental improvements and enhance physical accessibility. The scheme can also be used to help lever in other sources of investment, particularly philanthropic support. Applications can be made by small independent, commercial, subsidised and amateur theatres, and open air venues. To be eligible the ap...

Funding Available to Enhance the Cultural Impact of Arts Organisations (England) 8th July 2019

Arts, cultural and creative organisations in England can apply to a £3.7 million loan fund to enhance their social impact. Repayable finance of between £25,000 and £150,000 is available. The Fund will pioneer the use of financial incentives to help organisations achieve their social impact targets. Organisations will be able to get a reduction in the headline interest rate for loans with terms between two and five years by successfully evid...

The Ouseley Trust (England, Wales & Ireland) 5th July 2019

Cathedrals, choral foundations, parish churches, choir schools and other relevant institutions which promote and maintain to a high standard the choral services of the Church of England, the Church in Wales and the Church of Ireland have until the 28th February 2020 to apply for funding from the Ouseley trust. Grants are available in the following areas: Courses for individuals or groups; Endowment grants for scholarships or bursaries; Fees fo...

Grants for Urgent Structural Repairs to Churches (UK) 4th July 2019

Listed and unlisted Christian places of worship, of any denomination, across the UK can apply for a grant to towards the cost of urgent structural repairs. Grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 are available to projects costed at more than £100,000 including VAT. Also considered are projects that introduce kitchens and accessible toilets to enable increased community use where the cost is more than £30,000 including VAT. All grants will re...

Funding Available to Support Arts Culture and Heritage Projects (London) 1st July 2019

Individuals, groups and organisations based anywhere in Greater London with an annual turnover of less than £50,000 can now apply for funding of between £1,000 and £5,000 to fund arts, culture and heritage projects and activities in and for London’s communities. Priority will be given to small projects which have local people at their heart, that offer shared creative experiences and where the funding will make a big difference. The schem...

British Film Institute – Audience Fund (UK) 27th June 2019

The British Film Institute has announced that it is currently accepting applications through its Audience Fund. The fund was established to give everyone, everywhere in the UK the opportunity to enjoy and learn from the richest and most diverse range of great British and international filmmaking, past, present and future. Through the Audience Fund there are two types of awards available: Project awards and Organisational awards. Project awar...

Grants to Help New, Innovative Visual Arts Projects (UK) 26th June 2019

The Elephant Trust has announced the next deadline for applications is the 14th October 2019. The Trust offers grants to artists and for new, innovative visual arts projects. It aims to make it possible for artists and those presenting their work to undertake and complete projects when confronted by lack of funds. The Trust supports projects that develop and improve the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the fine arts. Priority is gi...

Funding to Enhance the Cultural Impact of Arts Organisations (England) 17th June 2019

Arts, cultural and creative organisations in England can apply for small-scale repayable finance to enhance their social impact and help them to become more resilient. The aim of this £3.7 million Fund is to enable risk-taking, ambitious organisations in the arts and cultural sector to take on small-scale repayable finance in order to achieve social outcomes and increase their capability to articulate, achieve, monitor and evaluate their inte...

Grants for Community Music Projects (UK) 13th June 2019

Grants are available to UK based community groups and schools who would benefit from a “helping hand” to fulfil their potential in bringing music to their community. The funding can be put towards musical instrument costs, workshops/training, using music to break down barriers, providing a variety of educational opportunities as well as helping to find ways to integrate many diverse and minority groups positively into society. Grants of up...

Grants to Help Museums and Galleries to Achieve Accreditation (Scotland) 3rd June 2019

Museums in Scotland holding the status of ‘working towards Accreditation’ can apply for between £150 and £1,500 to help them to develop the standards necessary to achieve Accreditation. The Accreditation Scheme is a voluntary scheme that sets nationally agreed standards for museums in the UK. It is a baseline quality standard that helps to guide museums to be the best they can be for current and future museum users. Grants can cover the...

Grants to Increase Access to Film Education Provision (Scotland) 20th May 2019

Scottish based organisations and community groups can apply for funding to increase access to film education in communities across Scotland. The fund is open to local authorities, colleges and universities, cinemas, film festivals and libraries, community film clubs and societies. Funding of up to £15,000 is available for pilot projects and up to £70,000 per year for up to 2-years is available for partnership programmes. Applicants are encou...

Grants of up to £1000 Available to Support Scottish Writers (Scotland) 25th April 2019

Scottish writers can now apply for up to £1,000 to support travel costs from the Author International Travel Fund. The fund will enable Scottish writers to take up opportunities and invitations to appear at literary festivals or events around the world, building audiences for Scottish writing overseas and relationships between Scottish writers and international festivals, publishers and organisations. A total of £15,000 is available for 2019...

Grants for Cultural Projects Led by Small Groups (London) 18th April 2019

Community-led cultural organisations in London can apply for grants of between £1,000-£5,000 to support arts, culture and heritage projects and activities. The funding aims to help groups that usually miss out on grants because they are too small, too informal or from marginalised communities. Priority is given to projects that support people on lower incomes and connect communities that lack access to cultural resources and funding. The f...

New £60 Million Fund to Support Young Peoples TV Programming (UK) 11th April 2019

The hunt for the next big thing in radio and young peoples television has begun, applications are now open for a share of a £60 million fund which has been set up to provide a boost to the UKs Radio and Television sector. The fund aims to reverse the trend that now see’s a significant amount of programming on children’s channels consisting of repeats. This is the first fund to specifically focus on television for young people under the ag...

New £7 million Heritage Impact Fund Launched (UK) 18th February 2019

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has announced the launch of its new £ 7 million Heritage Impact Fund. The Heritage Impact Fund is a partnership between the Architectural Heritage Fund, Historic England, Historic Environment Scotland and Rathbone Greenbank Investments. The fund offers tailored loan finance of up to £500,000 for charities, social enterprises and community businesses across the UK seeking to acquire, reuse or redevelop buil...