Arts, Culture & Heritage

Funding to Connect Communities with their Local Heritage (Wales) 23rd September 2020

Grants of between £3,000 and 10,000 are available to local authorities, third sector organisations, and voluntary and community groups for small-scale projects which help to connect communities in Wales with their local heritage. The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Cadw have teamed up to launch their 15-Minute Heritage Grants, for projects which support a variety of activities that deepen people’s engagement with heritage within fifteen...

Funding for Cultural and Educational Links with Japan (UK) 22nd September 2020

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 Support the Safe Re-Opening of the Arts and Culture Sectors (Northern Ireland) 18th September 2020

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has launched a £500,000 Health and Safety Capital Programme to support the safe re-opening of the arts and culture sectors after the Covid-19 lockdown. The new Health & Safety Capital Programme will help charities, community groups, and other small to medium scale organisations in the cultural sector to implement measures for the safe return of their staff, artists and audiences. This might include the pur...

Funding to Support the Welsh Cultural Sector (Wales) 18th September 2020

Organisations in the culture and heritage sector are now able to bid for a share of £18.5 million from the Welsh Government’s Cultural Recovery Fund. Non-repayable grants of up to £150,000 (up to 100% of eligible costs) will be available to organisations such as music venues; recording and rehearsal studios; heritage organisations and historic attractions; accredited museums and archive services; libraries; events and their technical suppo...

Funding to Support Creative Freelancers Impacted by Covid-19 (Scotland) 17th September 2020

As part of the Scottish Government’s £59 million funding package to support the culture and heritage sectors during the coronavirus pandemic, £5 million has been allocated to support creative freelancers in Scotland who are experiencing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19. Creative Scotland, who will be managing the funds, are looking to work with any existing organisations, charities, trusts or unions based in Scotland or the wider...

Music Education Hub Development Fund (England) 16th September 2020

The Youth Music Network has launched round 2 of the Music Education Hub (MEH) Development fund. Grants of up to £50,000 are available to partnerships of at least three Music Education Hub lead organisations such as local authorities, schools, other hubs, art organisations, community or voluntary organisations. Round two of the fund is an opportunity to respond to the life-shaping events of 2020 by encouraging Hubs to work together to adapt t...

Funding to Support Cultural Organisations Severely Impacted by Coronavirus (Scotland) 16th September 2020

The Scottish Government has announced details of its £15 million Culture Organisations and Venues Recovery Fund to support the sustainability of cultural organisations that have been severely impacted by coronavirus. Grants of between £10,000 and £150,000, (and up to £250,000 in exceptional circumstances) will be available to help protect jobs in the cultural sector, and to support organisations who are at significant threat of insolvency...

Royal Victoria Hall Foundation (London) 15th September 2020

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...

War Memorials Grant Scheme (UK) 15th September 2020

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...

Independent Cinema Recovery and Resilience Fund (Scotland) 14th September 2020

The Scottish Government has launched a £3.5 million Independent Cinema Recovery and Resilience Fund. The Fund will cover a proportion of a venue's fixed costs until end of March 2021 The aim is to help Scotland’s independent cinemas survive, re-establish, and adjust their business models in response Covid-19. The Fund opens to applications at 12pm on the 14th September 2020 until 12pm on the 5th October 2020. This Fund is the first of five...

Funding to Support the Maintenance and Sustainability of Historic Places of Worship (Northern Ireland) 14th September 2020

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...

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...

Grants for Churches for the Conservation of Decorative Features and Monuments (UK) 10th September 2020

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...

The Open Fund For Music Creators (UK) 9th September 2020

Songwriters, composers, and artists, bands, producers and performers who are writing their own music or commissioning other songwriters or composers can apply for grants of up to £5,000 to support the creation, performance and promotion of outstanding new music in any genre and to enable the UK’s most talented music creators to realise their potential. The funding is being made available through the PRS Foundation’s Open Fund for Music Cr...

Scottish Power Foundation’s £1.2 Million Fund Open to Applications (UK) 9th September 2020

Charities in the UK can now apply for a share of £2.1 million being made available by the Scottish Power Foundation. The Foundation supports projects which make a difference to the lives of people living in communities throughout the UK. Funding will be awarded to twenty-one charities, all making a positive difference in education, arts and culture, citizenship, and environmental initiatives. Grants of between £35,00 and £200,000 will be m...

Funding for High Quality New Music Projects (UK) 8th September 2020

Grants of up to £10,000 are available to support new music projects led by promoters, talent development organisations, venues, festivals, curators and large performance groups. Projects must involve the creation, performance and promotion of new music and enable songwriters, composers, or solo artists, bands, producers and performers of all backgrounds to develop creatively and professionally. The funding is being made available through the...

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...

Music for All Extends Application Deadline to 1st November 2020 (UK) 24th August 2020

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...

£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...

Funding to Help Museums and Galleries Recover from the Impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic (Scotland) 19th August 2020

Independent museums and galleries in Scotland can apply for support to help them recover from the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic and build resilience and sustainability. The £4 million Recovery and Resilience Fund is intended to help organisations that are struggling to cover costs between now and the 31st March 2021, and to help them plan and implement measures that will make them more financially sustainable beyond spring 2021. This can...

Funding to Help Museums, Galleries and Cultural Organisations Affected by Coronavirus (UK) 18th August 2020

UK public museums, galleries, historic houses, libraries and archives can apply for grants of up to £50,000 to help them respond to immediate challenges connected to the Covid-19 crisis, and to adapt and reimagine ways of working in the future. Through the Art Fund’s Respond and Reimagine the grants are available to provide immediate practical support connected to reopening such as staffing, equipment, training, or planning for future acti...

Funding for Music Making Projects For Young People in Challenging Circumstances (England) 17th August 2020

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 circumstance as well as strategic work supporting the development of the workforce, organisations, and/or the wider sector. The funding is being made available through Youth Music which is England's largest children's music charity. Youth Making's funding programme is made up of t...

Grants to Help New, Innovative Visual Arts Projects (UK) 14th August 2020

The Elephant Trust has announced that the next deadline for applications is the 19th October 2020. 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. Priori...

Architectural Heritage Fund - Project Viability Fund (UK) 14th August 2020

Grants are available for formally constituted charities or social enterprises to undertake a project involving the acquisition and conversion of an historic building. The Architectural Heritage Fund Project Viability Grant aims to enable organisations to work out whether a proposed use for a building will be economically viable. The grant will contribute towards the cost of exploring different options for reuse or testing a single option. At t...

Theatre Reopening Fund (UK) 11th August 2020

The UK Theatres Trust has announced that in response to the Coronavirus, they have repurposed the UK Theatres Small Grants Scheme (Theatre Reopening Fund) to support theatres to cover the additional costs of reopening after several months’ closure, including making adaptations for increased hygiene and social distancing measures. Through the scheme, grants of up to £5,000 are available to small Theatres across England, Scotland, Wales and...

The Culture Recovery Fund for Independent Cinemas (England) 6th August 2020

The British Film Institute (BFI) is a film and television charitable organisation which promotes and preserves filmmaking and television in the United Kingdom has announced that a new £30 million fund to support independent cinemas will open for applications on the 10th August 2020. The Culture Recovery Fund for Independent Cinemas in England, administered by the BFI for the Government, as part of the UK Government’s cultural recovery packa...

Finnis Scott Foundation (UK) 28th July 2020

Charities and charitable organisations - including school Parent Teacher Associations – are eligible to apply for grants of up to £10,000 to support projects relating to horticulture, plant sciences, fine art and art history. Grants awarded may cover capital or revenue expenditure. Preference is given to smaller organisations where the grant will have a significant impact. The next closing date for applications is the 28th September for the...

The Arts Council Reopens its National Lottery Project Grants (UK) 22nd July 2020

The Arts Council has announced that its National Lottery Project Grants programme has re-opened for applications. The fund is open to individuals, arts organisations, museums and libraries. Grants of between £1,000 and £100,000 will be available from the £59.8 million rolling funding programme until April 2021 to support those in the cultural sector and for work that has longer term positive impact such as Research and Development. In resp...

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...

Grants for Urgent Structural Repairs to Churches (UK) 17th July 2020

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 to Help Museums Reopen Safely After Covid-19 (Scotland) 16th July 2020

Museums Galleries Scotland has launched a £330,000 fund to support museums in Scotland with the costs of re-opening safely while restrictions are still in place due to COVID-19. The COVID-19 Adaptation Fund will provide grants of up to £7,500 for museums, and up to £10,000 for partnerships, to support the costs of essential adaptations, equipment and training that will ensure the safety and confidence of staff, volunteers and visitors, and...

£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 for Urgent Building Projects in Small Theatres (London) 24th June 2020

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to small theatres in London undertaking small building projects that address urgent repairs, improve operational viability, introduce environmental improvements, and enhance physical accessibility. Theatres can also apply for technical equipment and refurbishment of soft furnishings but these are considered low priority by the Trustees. The funding is being made available through the Theatre Trust’s Lond...

Women Make Music Grants Programme (UK) 9th June 2020

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...

Grants for Welfare and Art Projects (South West of England) 3rd June 2020

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 Arts Projects (UK) 26th May 2020

The Fidelio Trust has announced that the next closing date for applications is the 25th September 2020. The Trust offers grants of up to £5,000 in support of the Arts, in particular Music, including Opera; Lieder; Composition and Dance. The Trustees aim to help individuals and groups such as Colleges; Arts Festivals and other arts organisations who would not be able to carry out a project or activity without financial support.

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...

Funding to Support the Arts During the Coronavirus Crisis (Northern Ireland) 13th May 2020

In response to the coronavirus, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland have announced a £500,000 Artists Emergency Programme. Individual grants of up to £5,000 are available to freelance artists, creative practitioners and performers to support the research, design and future presentation of arts events and performances, including resources to help artists develop their creative practice. The programme will help them find employment by providi...

Grants for Small Museums for Conservation and Management (UK) 21st April 2020

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...

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...

Funding Available to Enhance the Cultural Impact of Arts Organisations (England) 9th January 2020

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...

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...

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 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...