Arts, Culture & Heritage

£5 Million Fund to Support Individuals Working in the Arts & Creative Sectors (Northern Ireland) 23rd September 2021

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Department for Communities have opened a new recovery funding programme to help creative individuals to reconnect or maintain their trade, profession or vocation within the Arts and creative sector in Northern Ireland as it emerges from Coronavirus pandemic restrictions. The £5 million Creative Individuals Recovery Programme will award grants of up to £2,000 to support one-off costs to help indivi...

Grants Scheme to Help the Museum & Gallery Sector Recover from the Coronavirus Pandemic (UK) 23rd September 2021

To help the museum and gallery sector recover from the Coronavirus pandemic, the Art Fund has launched a new funding round of their Reimagine Grants Scheme. Small grants of between £5,000 and £15,000, and large grants of between £15,000 and £50,000 will be awarded to museums, galleries, historic houses, archives, libraries, agencies and festivals across the UK to help them as they reimagine their activities following the pandemic, and buil...

Funding for Collaborative Arts Projects (Wales) 22nd September 2021

The Arts Council of Wales has announced that its Connect and Flourish Fund has re-opened for applications. Connect and Flourish funds the development of collaborative proposals between organisations, individuals and creative professionals working together to meet the challenges created by the Covid-19 pandemic. The Arts Council is looking for exciting, ambitious projects that are artist led, audience or participant focused, and that engage and...

Grants of up to £5,000 Available to Support Women Songwriters and Composers (UK) 20th September 2021

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to support the development of outstanding women, trans and non-binary songwriters and composers of all genres and backgrounds at different stages of their career. The funding is available to support touring, recording, promotion and marketing, community projects involving high-quality music creators, music creator residencies and live performances featuring new UK music. The funding is being made available...

Idlewild Trust Announces Next Application Deadline (UK) 17th September 2021

The Idlewild Trust has announced that the next closing date for applications to its grantmaking programme is the 15th March 2022. 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 are b...

FCC Scottish Action Fund (Scotland) 17th September 2021

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...

Funding Call for Short Film Production (Northern Ireland) 17th September 2021

Northern Ireland Screen has launched a second funding call for Short Film 2021-22 to support the production of live action, factual and virtual reality short films. The aim of the funding is to develop new and emerging writing, directing and producing talent to the point that it is of interest to the wider film, television and digital content industry. Funding is available at two levels: Individual Production awards of up to £2,250 are availa...

Funding for Cultural and Educational Links with Japan (UK) 16th September 2021

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 to Help Save Nationally Important Heritage Assets at Risk of Loss Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic (UK) 15th September 2021

Charities, not-for-profit and public sector organisations can apply for funding to help save nationally important heritage assets at risk of loss due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The National Heritage Memorial Fund’s Covid-19 Response Fund will support a broad range of heritage, from fine and decorative arts to museum collections and archives, historic buildings and land, and items of industrial, transport and maritime heritage...

Minority Ethnic Artists Mentoring & Residency Programme Opens to Applications (Northern Ireland) 14th September 2021

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has announced a new funding programme to support minority ethnic artists, creative practitioners and arts administrators in Northern Ireland. A total of £50,000 in funding is available to fund residencies and mentoring opportunities through which applicants can develop their creative and professional practice. The Minority Ethnic Artists Mentoring and Residency Programme will award grants of up to £5,000...

National Archives Scoping Grants (UK) 10th September 2021

The National Archives has announced that the next deadline for its Scoping Grants is the 29th November 2021. 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...

Grant Programme for Arts Award Centres (UK) 10th September 2021

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...

Inspiring London Through Culture (London) 9th September 2021

Charities and community Interest Companies can apply for grants of up to £10,000 to keep London’s Square Mile as the creative heart of a world-leading city of culture. Supported projects must deliver some or all their benefits within the Square Mile or amongst communities from the Square Mile. The focus will be on promoting access for all to participate in the City of London’s cultural offer; developing innovative practice and skills; del...

Audio Content Fund Opens for Applications (UK) 9th September 2021

The Audio Content Fund has launched a new funding round. A total of £330,000 is available to fund independent producers making high quality, public service content for UK commercial and community radio. Supported by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport the fund aims to support programming that is traditionally more difficult to support on a commercial basis (such as documentaries, comedy, drama, events). Applications can be...

Grants of up to £1,000 Available to Traditional Artists and Organisations Showcase their Work (Scotland) 8th September 2021

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...

Small Grants for Arts Projects (Leeds) 6th September 2021

Grants of between £100 and £1,200 are available to support not-for-profit arts events and arts projects taking place in Leeds. Individuals, arts organisations, community and voluntary groups, commercial organisations, and groups of organisations can apply for funding from the Leeds Inspired Small Grants for Arts Projects for activities which increase access to arts and enable people to participate fully and with greater confidence. Funding i...

Funding for Smaller Scale Professional Theatre Projects (London) 3rd September 2021

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 to Help Creative Individuals & Organisations Engage With & Connect to the Public (Wales) 2nd September 2021

The Arts Council Wales are making grants of up to £100,000 available for the development and creation of high-quality arts experiences that help creative individuals and organisations in Wales engage with and connect to the public. “Create”, a National Lottery Arts Funding programme, will provide opportunities for individuals and organisations, including festivals, to produce and present their best work by funding the production and prese...

Grants for Churches for the Conservation of Decorative Features and Monuments (UK) 1st September 2021

Grants of between £500 and £5,000 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...

Music Export Growth Scheme is Open for Applications (UK) 26th August 2021

The Music Export Growth Scheme, which supports small and medium-sized independent record labels and music management companies to introduce UK music overseas has re-opened for applications. Grants of between £5,000 and £50,000 are available to assist with marketing campaigns overseas. To be eligible to apply, applicants must have annual turnover of €50m or less and no more than 249 employees. Applications must include detailed campaign pr...

Funding to Support Freelance & Self-Employed Artists & Creative Practitioners (Scotland) 23rd August 2021

Grants of between £500 and £100,000 are available to support the creative development of individual practitioners working in the arts and creative industries in Scotland. The Open Fund for Individuals will support creative activity such as a specific project, production or a period of research and development for up to 24 months. It can support an individual’s time where this is related to specific creative outcomes. Creative Scotland is m...

Funding for Events & Activities Celebrating Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022 (Scotland) 23rd August 2021

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to not-for-profit community groups and organisations in Scotland to host events and activities celebrating Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022. Delivered in partnership between VisitScotland and Museums Galleries Scotland, the Community Stories Fund will provide an opportunity for new, creative events, activities and programming which spotlight stories inspired by, created, or written in Scotland. The Fund a...

Grants of up to £5,000 Available to Not-For-Profit Theatres to Carry Out Essential Works (UK) 17th August 2021

The Theatres Trust has launched a £100,000 small grants programme for not-for-profit theatres across the UK to carry out essential works, particularly improvements to buildings that protect theatre use and remove barriers to participation and attendance. The Small Grants Programme, supported by The Linbury Trust, will provide grants of up to £5,000 to support small projects that make a big impact to a theatre's resilience, sustainability or...

Grants to Help New, Innovative Visual Arts Projects (UK) 16th August 2021

The Elephant Trust has announced that the next deadline for applications is the 10th October 2021. 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 a lack of funds. The Trust supports projects that develop and improve the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the fine arts. Prior...

Funding to Help Tackle Barriers to Music Education (International – Outside of UK) 13th August 2021

The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music is accepting applications for their International Sponsorship Fund 2022. The fund aims to help tackle barriers to music education. Grants of between £1,000 and £4,000 are available for projects which focus on musical tuition, training for teachers, music employment, social inclusion and psychological wellbeing. Eligible projects must benefit musicians outside the UK and Ireland and encourag...

Grants to Help Museums Become More Resilient (Scotland) 10th August 2021

Organisations in Scotland that are running accredited Museums can apply for grants of between £15,000 and £50,000 for projects that will help them to become more resilient. Museum Galleries Scotland’s Museum Development Fund will provide funding for activities which produce positive outcomes for collections, audiences, workforce and sustainability. Projects should focus on re-engaging with communities, developing digital capacity, workforc...

Funding to Support the Creative Development of Individual Cultural and Creative Practitioners (England) 6th August 2021

Arts Council England has reopened its Developing Your Creative Practice Fund. The aim of the fund is to help individual cultural and creative practitioners explore new ways of working and to better respond to the changing environment as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Grants of between £2,000 and £10,000 are available to help individuals with their own creative development which could include research, time to create new work, travel, tr...

Funding for to Support Arts and Creative Organisations and Individuals (Scotland) 6th August 2021

Grants of between £500 and £100,000 are available to enable individuals and organisations working in the arts and creative sectors explore ways of working that will help them to adapt and respond to the current changing circumstances. The funding is available to organisations and groups whose work or project involves the arts, screen and creative industries as well as freelance and self-employed artists and creative practitioners in Scotlan...

New Funds for Touring Theatre and Dance (Scotland) 4th August 2021

Scotland-based dance and theatre artists, venues, theatres, companies and producers are invited to apply for a share of £2 million in funding for live performance tours from summer 2022. With support from The National Lottery and the Scottish Government, this round of Creative Scotland’s Touring Fund for Theatre and Dance has two strands of funding: strand one is open to applications from artists, companies and producers to tour live work;...

War Memorials Grant Scheme (UK) 3rd August 2021

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...

Funding Available to Enhance the Cultural Impact of Arts Organisations (England) 26th July 2021

Nesta, the innovation agency, has announced changes to its Cultural Impact Development Fund, which offers investment up to £150,000 for arts and culture organisations. The Cultural Impact Development Fund, which was previously a loan fund, will now include grants up to 10 per cent of the total investment. The £3.1 million Fund has been restructured to make it more responsive to the economic shock of COVID-19 and aims to offer more flexible...

£1 Million Funding for Archives Sector (UK) 23rd July 2021

The Wolfson Foundation, the Pilgrim Trust and the National Archives have announced that their partnership funding programme, Archives Revealed, will award £1million to archive services over the next three years. The programme aims to open up significant archive collections to the public for research and enjoyment by awarding Cataloguing Grants of up to £45,000 for archives to create catalogues of important archival collections, as well as Sc...

£20 Million Emergency Fund to Support Arts & Cultural Organisations at Risk of Closure (England) 14th July 2021

Cultural organisations at imminent risk of closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic can now apply for emergency funding to help them return to financial viability. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s Culture Recovery Fund: Emergency Resource Support will provide funding between £25,000 and £3 million to not-for-profit arts and cultural organisations in England which haven’t received funding and face collapse within twelve...

The Ouseley Trust (England, Wales & Ireland) 12th July 2021

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 2022 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...

Funding to Support the Development of Songwriters & Composers (UK) 1st July 2021

To support the development of outstanding songwriters and composers of all genres at different stages of their career, the PRS Foundation is inviting applications to the latest round of the Open Fund for Music Creators. Grants of up to £5,000 are available to songwriters, composers, or artists, bands, producers and performers who are writing their own music or commissioning others to support the creation, performance and promotion of outstand...

Funding for Songwriters and Producers to Develop their Careers (UK) 30th June 2021

The Performing Rights Society (PRS) for Music Foundation, working with Spotify, has launched a new funding round to develop the careers of songwriters and producers working in popular music genres in the UK. Launched in 2017 as a response to the long-term career needs of those working behind the scenes, the Hitmaker Fund awards up to eighteen grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 each year. Applications can be made by songwriters or producers...

Funding to Protect Nationally Important Heritage which is at Risk Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic (UK) 30th June 2021

Public sector organisations, charities, voluntary groups, and other not-for-profit organisations can apply for a share of £40 million in funding to protect nationally important heritage which is at risk due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) - Covid-19 Response Fund will allocate £20 million in funding to safeguard nationally important heritage assets within England such as works of fine and de...

£220 Million in Funding to Help the Cultural, Heritage & Creative Sectors Move Towards Reopening at Full Capacity (England) 29th June 2021

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has launched the third and final round of the Culture Recovery Fund to help the cultural, heritage and creative sectors move towards reopening at full capacity. Approximately £220 million in funding will be available via two funding streams: the Culture Recovery Fund: Continuity Support programme will help organisations that have already received fundi...

Funding to Support Business Planning & Strategy for Companies Working in Moving Image for Storytelling (England – outside of London) 23rd June 2021

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to support registered sole traders and small to medium sized enterprises working in moving image for storytelling, including film, television, games and immersive media, to build meaningful connections and create opportunities for business growth. Creative England’s Business Planning Grants can be used to subsidise the cost of working with an expert to support companies in the English regions outside of...

Creative England - New Ideas Fund (England, outside of London) 22nd June 2021

Creative England has reopened their New Ideas Fund to applications from individuals and small to medium sized enterprises working on screen-based storytelling including film, television, animation, games, immersive media or technology that supports these industries. Grants of between £1,000 and £25,000 are available to support the development of new and innovative ideas to help business growth in the English regions outside of London. Applic...

BFI Short Film Funding Reopens to Applications (England) 21st June 2021

Grants of up to £15,000 are available to directors based in England to support the production costs of 15-minute short fiction films, in both live-action and animation. The BFI Network Short Film Fund is intended to stimulate new ideas and stories from directors who haven’t yet directed a fiction feature film that has received UK distribution, and will support standalone projects including those that have the potential to be developed into...

Grants for Welfare and Art Projects (South West of England) 10th June 2021

Grants are available to not for profit organisations and schools in the counties of Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset in the South West of England for welfare and art projects which help to improve the quality of local life. Grants can cover the core running costs or project costs of small established organisations who have a proven record of making a significant difference. For example, Dartington Hall trust received a grant to support a b...

Funding to Support the Maintenance and Sustainability of Historic Places of Worship (Northern Ireland) 10th June 2021

The National Churches Trust have launched their Treasure Ireland Project. This is a new community grants programme that aims to support an improvement in the maintenance and sustainability of historic places of worship in Northern Ireland. Grants of between £500 and £10,000 are available for urgent and essential maintenance and repair projects costing up to £100,000 at listed and unlisted churches, chapels and meeting houses of any Christi...

Funding to Help Musicians Build their Careers (UK) 14th May 2021

Funding is available to help independent, entrepreneurial music creators of all genres and disciplines build their career. The Help Musicians’ Do It Differently Fund offers a bespoke package of funding and expert advice, including wellbeing and development services, to empower musicians across the UK who are at a crucial point in their career. Grants of between £500 and £3,000 will fund professional development opportunities and creative p...

Grants for Talented Musicians and Groups (UK) 13th May 2021

The MOBO Help Musicians Fund has been created in partnership to support the career ambitions of exceptionally talented artists and groups with grants of up to £3,000 to support creative output as well as business advice and other support measures. The funding is available for recording and releasing music; helping to build creative portfolios and get music out into the world. Artists can apply for financial support towards a new EP, a series...

Development Grants for Emerging Artists (UK) 12th May 2021

Musicians can apply for up to £5,000 to undertake a UK-based collaboration between themselves and another non-music artists, for example storytellers, lighting designers, choreographers, technologists, scientists, gaming designers, theatre directors, visual artists etc.  Eligible musicians will be over 18 based primarily in the UK and be in financial need and without significant backing. Solo instrumentalists, conductors, composers, vocalist...

Grants of up to £1,500 Available for the Professional Development of Musicians (UK) 11th May 2021

Emerging and professional musicians of all genres and disciplines can apply for grants of £500 -£1500 to help them access opportunities that will allow them to focus on developing their artistic and professional development at a crucial point in their career. Support could include short courses, workshops, training and time limited periods of coaching with an expert in the artists chosen field. Eligible artists may be solo instrumentalists,...

Funding to Strengthen Youth Music (Scotland) 28th April 2021

Funding is available to individuals, organisations and networks who work outside school settings to undertake training and continuing professional development (CPD) that will strengthen youth music in Scotland for the benefit of young people. Through the YMI CPD Fund 2021, Creative Scotland will provide grants of up to £750 for individuals, and up to £5,000 for organisations which help people delivering youth music develop their skills and c...

UK Global Screen Fund Launched to Boost Global Exports of UK Content (UK) 28th April 2021

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, in partnership with the British Film Institute, has launched a £7 million one-year pilot fund to boost international development and distribution opportunities for the UK’s independent screen sector. The UK Global Screen Fund will support the sector including film, TV, animation, documentary and interactive narrative games to become more competitive internationally by funding business de...

Grants for Small Museums for Conservation and Management (UK) 14th April 2021

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...

National Churches Foundation Grant Reopens for Applications (UK) 1st April 2021

Churches across the UK can apply for grants of between £500 and £5,000 towards the cost of urgent maintenance works and small repairs through the National Churches Trust Foundation Grant Programme. Project costs should be up to £10,000 excl. VAT and awards will never exceed 50% of the costs. Applications are accepted from listed and unlisted Christian places of worship, of any denomination. Application are being accepted on a rolling basis...

National Lottery Heritage Fund Reopens for Applications (UK) 12th February 2021

Applications for National Lottery Grants for Heritage have re-opened for applications. The focus for 2021 – 22 will be to support projects that will strengthen the recovery of the Heritage sector from the Covid-19 pandemic. The National Lottery Heritage Fund will award grants of between £3,000 and £5 million to not-for-profit organisations and private owners of heritage across the UK. Priority will now be given to heritage projects that:...

BFI Audience Fund Opens for Applications (UK) 11th February 2021

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...

Cultural Hardship Fund for Freelancers (Manchester) 5th February 2021

A new hardship fund has been launched for freelancers who work in the cultural and creative sector in Manchester who have been adversely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. The Cultural Hardship Fund for Freelancers is making up to £500,000 available in grants of £1,500 to individual freelancers, including artists, whose work has been lost or disrupted because of the crisis and who are experiencing financial hardship due to reduced demand for...

Funding to Support the Creative Sector During the Covid-19 Pandemic (Scotland) 28th January 2021

Grants of between £1,000 and £100,000 are available to help the creative and culture sector in Scotland adapt and respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. Creative Scotland’s Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Development, has separate funding strands for Individuals and Organisations within the creative industries to help them explore new ways of working, take creative risks, think about how to reach audiences in different ways, or look at ways to s...

Additional Funds for Grassroots and Independent Venues (Scotland) 20th January 2021

The Scottish Government is making an additional £7.1 million in funding available to secure the future of as many grassroots music venues and independent museums as possible. £4 million will be made available through the Grassroots Music Venues Stabilisation Fund which will re-open to live music venues that were financially sustainable before the pandemic to help prevent their permanent closure and keep them stable until April 2021. This fun...

Funding for Collaborative Arts Projects (Wales) 23rd December 2020

The Arts Council of Wales has announced that it will launch a new funding round of its Connect and Flourish Fund on the 27th January 2021. Connect and Flourish funds the development of collaborative proposals between organisations, individuals and creative professionals working together to meet the challenges created by the Covid-19 pandemic. The Arts Council is looking for exciting, ambitious projects that are artist led, audience or particip...

£400 Million Additional Funding Announced for Cultural Organisations (England) 16th December 2020

The UK Government has announced an additional £400 million will be awarded to arts, culture and heritage organisations across England in the form of grants and loans from the Culture Recovery Fund. Funding, which was held back in previous rounds, will be available for Cultural organisations that were financially stable before Covid-19, but are now at imminent risk of collapse. £300 million in grants and £100 million in loans will be offered...

Emergency Support for Screen Sector Workers Affected by the Covid-19 Pandemic (Scotland) 8th December 2020

Freelance screen practitioners working in Scotland’s screen sector and commercial photographers who are experiencing immediate financial hardship due to the loss of income as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic can apply for support from the Scottish Government’s Screen Hardship Fund. The Fund offers a bursary of up to £2,000 to sole traders and PAYE freelancers as well as those operating under a personal service company who are most deeply...

Funding to Support Scotland's Events Sector (Scotland) 13th November 2020

A new £2.75 million fund has been launched by EventScotland and the Scottish Government to help Scotland’s events sector plan and deliver events through to the end of 2021, and to provide support as the industry responds and adapts to the effects of Covid-19. Scotland's Events Recovery Fund aims to help restart the events sector as restrictions are eased, and address additional costs which may be incurred as a result of new hygiene and heal...

Emergency Funding for Charities Financially Impacted by the Covid-19 Crisis (UK) 10th November 2020

Grants of up to £1,000 are available to small and medium-sized charities, CICs and registered societies in the UK which are struggling to manage the financial impact of Covid-19 either because of increased demand for their services or from loss of income. The Sylvia Waddilove Foundation UK - Covid-19 Emergency Fund will provide support to organisations which are in a critical position, and operating in one of the following categories: educati...

Hardship Fund for Creative Freelancers to Re-open for Applications (Scotland) 3rd November 2020

The Scottish Government’s £5million Hardship Fund for Creative Freelancers will re-open for applications at 12noon, Tuesday 10 November 2020. This includes the £4.3million element being delivered by Creative Scotland and partners BECTU, Crafts Council & Craft Scotland, Help Musicians, Society of Authors and Visual Arts Scotland; as well as £700,000 being delivered through Screen Scotland. The Fund is designed to support creative freelance...

Arts-Based Learning Fund to Re-opens for Applications (UK) 30th October 2020

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Arts-based Learning Fund will re-open to applications on the 30th October 2020. The Foundation will accept applications from arts organisations that are working with schools, colleges and other formal education settings to enhance the lives, development and achievements of children and young people through high quality arts-based learning activities. Charities, community organisations, social enterprises and not...

Funding to Support the Creative Sector During the Covid-19 Pandemic (Scotland) 19th October 2020

Grants of between £1,000 and £100,000 are available to help the creative and culture sector in Scotland adapt and respond to the current challenging circumstances caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Creative Scotland’s Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Development, has separate funding strands for Individuals and Organisations to help them to explore new ways of working, take creative risks, think about how to reach audiences in different ways,...

Funding for Training and Development to Strengthen Youth Music (Scotland) 28th September 2020

Funding is available to individuals, organisations and networks who work outwith school settings to undertake training and continuing professional development (CPD) that will strengthen youth music in Scotland for the benefit of young people. Through the YMI CPD and Training Fund, Creative Scotland will provide grants of up to £750 for individuals, and up to £5,000 for organisations which help people delivering youth music develop their skil...

Interest-Free Loans for the Purchase of Musical Instruments & Equipment (England and Northern Ireland) 11th September 2020

Interest-free loans are available for the purchase of musical instruments and equipment, to help ensure that more people across England and Northern Ireland can access instruments and learn to play. The Take it Away Scheme works with music retailers to allow applicants to buy almost any musical instrument available, such as traditional instruments like violins, clarinets, guitars and pianos, contemporary equipment like synthesizers, drum machi...

Support for the Culture & Heritage Sectors During the Covid-19 Pandemic (Scotland) 4th September 2020

The Scottish Government has confirmed how £59 million of unallocated funding will be assigned to support the Culture and heritage sector during the coronavirus pandemic. More than a third (£21.3 million) of the funding will be given to Historic Environment Scotland to support the reopening of its sites across Scotland. A further £15 million will be allocated through a Culture Organisations and Venues Recovery Fund to provide critical suppor...

Arts Impact Fund (England) 26th August 2020

Arts Council England has announced that loans of between £150,000 and £600,000 are available to entrepreneurial arts and cultural organisations. The aim of the loans is to increase the resilience of art and culture in England. The loans can be used, among other things, to acquire new assets, improve built infrastructure, develop new ventures or scale up existing revenue streams. The Arts Impact Fund is created and funded by Bank of America...

The British Film Institute Audience Fund (UK) 25th August 2020

UK-based organisations with experience of film distribution, exhibition and audience development activities (such as film distributors, cinemas, and film festivals) can apply for grants to increase the choice and engagement of audiences aged primarily between 16 and 30. The funding is being made available through the British Film Institute Audience Fund – Projects awards and it is expected that most awards will be in the region of £20,000...

£25.5 Million Revenue Support Package for Arts Organisations Affected by Covid-19 (Wales) 20th August 2020

The Arts Council of Wales are making grants of between £100,000 and £3 million available to support arts organisations which have been affected by COVID-19 and are trying to sustain themselves until they can resume publicly accessible activity in 2021 and beyond. The Wales Cultural Recovery Fund (Revenue) for the Arts will support activities until March 2021, and will pay particular attention to those who are experiencing significant financi...

Foyle Foundation Re-opens its Main Grants Programme (UK) 20th July 2020

The Foyle Foundation, which is one of the UK’s largest grant making charity, has announced that its Main Grants Programme has re-opened for applications to support charities with a core remit of the Arts or Learning. In light of the uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Foundation has revised its criteria and will change to make one-year grants only (no multi-year grants) to charities that can demonstrate ongoing financial stabi...

£1.57 Billion Investment to Protect Britain’s Cultural, Arts and Heritage Institutions (UK) 6th July 2020

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has announced that cultural and heritage institutions, such as theatres, historic palaces, museums, galleries, live music venues and independent cinemas can now access a share of £1.57bn that has been made available to help with the impact of Coronavirus. The funding will consist of a mix of grants and low cost loans. The funding will include £120 million to restart construction work at cu...

Funding to Support Creative and Culture Businesses (Northern England) 21st May 2020

A combination of grants or loans of up to £150,000 are available to support creative and culture businesses that are having a positive social impact within disadvantaged communities across the North of England. The funding which has been made available through the Northern Culture Regeneration Fund is available to businesses operating in the eleven northern Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas and will provide access to investments with u...

Paul Hamlyn Foundation £20 million Emergency Fund in Response to Coronavirus (UK) 17th April 2020

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation provides funding to organisations in the arts world which aim to help people overcome disadvantage and lack of opportunity, enabling them to realise their full potential and enjoy fulfilling and creative lives. In response to the coronavirus, the Foundation has created a £20 million Emergency Fund to provide additional support to some organisations already funded by the Foundation. The aim of the funding is to suppo...

Funding for Museums Affected by Coronavirus (Scotland) 17th April 2020

Museums Galleries Scotland has launched two emergency funds using additional Government funding to help independent Scottish museums and galleries affected by the coronavirus. £700,000 will be made available through the Independent Urgent Response COVID-19 Fund for accredited museums whose income has been affected. Applicants can apply for grants of between £3,000 and £60,000 to cover up to three months for core costs. A Digital Resilience...

£7.5 million National Lottery Funding to help the Creative Industry Affected by Coronavirus (Scotland) 7th April 2020

Funding of between £1,000 and £50,000 is available to support arts organisations, cultural agencies, individual artists and creative people from the arts, screen and creative industries who are affected by the coronavirus in Scotland. To meet differing needs, the Creative Scotland Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Development will be split into two funds: organisations and individuals. The aim of the fund is to allow organisations and individua...

Arts Council England – Covid19 Funding Support (England) 26th March 2020

Arts Council England (ACE) has made £160m of emergency funding available to organisations and individuals who will need it during the Covid-19 crisis. It has also changed the funding requirements for individuals and organisations currently in receipt of funding. These emergency funding streams will be open to applications in the near future. The Arts Council will make £90m available to its National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) and is...

Arts Council/ V&A Purchase Grant Fund (England) 13th December 2019

The Arts Council England has announced that the V&A Purchase Fund has been renewed until 2022. Accredited museums, specialist libraries and record repositories accredited under the Archive Service Accreditation Scheme can now apply for a share of the £724,000 of funding available this year. The fund enables regional museums and cultural organisations to strengthen the quality, relevance and standard of their permanent collections and supports...

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...