Arts, Culture & Heritage

Grants of up to £5,000 Available to Not-For-Profit Theatres to Carry Out Essential Works (UK) 14th June 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 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...

Grants Scheme to Help the Museum & Gallery Sector Recover from the Coronavirus Pandemic (UK) 10th June 2021

To help the museum and gallery sector recover from the Coronavirus pandemic, the Art Fund has launched a new project grant scheme. The Reimagine grants scheme will award small grants of between £5,000 and £15,000 and large grants of between £15,000 and £50,000 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 build ex...

Funding to Support Young Creatives to Launch a Project, Idea or Business (England, Scotland or Wales) 9th June 2021

Grants of up to £2,500 are available to support young creatives in England, Scotland or Wales to launch a creative project, idea or business. Youth Music, in partnership with TikTok and the People’s Postcode Lottery, has launched the NextGen Fund to help emerging musicians and behind the scenes creatives aged 18-25 (and under-30s who identify as Disabled) who do not have the financial means to invest in themselves. Funding could help artist...

Search for the City of Culture 2025 Launched (UK) 7th June 2021

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has launched a new competition to find the UK’s next City of Culture. The competition, delivered in collaboration with the devolved administrations, will use culture to level up areas outside London and to aid recovery from the Coronavirus pandemic. Towns and cities across the UK must be able to deliver a substantial programme of cultural activity to run throughout 2025 that can demonstrab...

Small Grants for Arts Projects (Leeds) 4th June 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...

Grants to Help Creative Individuals & Organisations Engage With & Connect to the Public (Wales) 4th June 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...

Funding to Encourage Children & Young People to Participate in Summer Activities & Experiences (Scotland) 4th June 2021

Museums across Scotland can apply for a share of £266,000 in Scottish Government funding to support opportunities for children and young people to participate in activities and experiences this summer as part of the national summer of play 2021. Museums that have already been verified as eligible for Museum Galleries Scotland’s Covid related funds can apply for grants of up to £50,000 to help restore the well-being of children and young pe...

Grants to Support Community & Cultural Projects (Dorset) 1st June 2021

Charities, parish councils, cultural organisations, constituted community groups, and other organisations that operate for the benefit of people living in Dorset, can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 to support community and cultural projects that will make a positive social impact and improve access to high quality cultural activities. Dorset Council’s Community and Culture Project Fund will provide funding for arts, museums,...

Cultural Development Fund Re-Opens to Applications (England excluding London) 1st June 2021

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has launched a new £18.5 million funding round of the Cultural Development Fund to promote the economic and social recovery of the cultural sector from the impact of Covid-19. Grants of between £2 million and £5 million are available to support cultural organisations in England (excluding London) as they transition back to a viable and sustainable operating model. Local partnerships led b...

Funding to Support Arts Projects (UK) 27th May 2021

The Fidelio Trust has announced that the next closing date for applications is the 17th September 2021. 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 Improve the Display & Interpretation of Nationally Significant Museum Collections (UK) 26th May 2021

The Wolfson Foundation has launched a new funding round to support museums and galleries undertaking projects to improve the display and interpretation of nationally significant collections for the public. Grants, usually in the range of £50,000 to £500,000 (minimum £15,000), are available to registered charities and local authorities for creating new galleries, refurbishment and equipment, or occasionally, education and learning spaces. Pr...

Funding for Music Making Projects For Young People in Challenging Circumstances (England) 24th May 2021

Not for profit organisations and schools, 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 Music runs a number of different funding streams, each...

Music for All Re-opens its Community Project Funding Grant Scheme (UK) 24th May 2021

Grants are available to UK based community groups and schools to bring music to their community. The funding is available to help schools and community groups get established as a sustainable music programme and 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 positi...

Funding Call to Find Filmmakers from Underrepresented Groups in the Film & Television Sector (Northern Ireland) 24th May 2021

An initiative to find Northern Ireland resident filmmakers from groups that are underrepresented in the film and television sector has been launched by Northern Ireland Screen. The New Shorts Focus Scheme is open to entry level writers and writers/directors from underrepresented groups including women aged 30 and over, disabled people, black and minority ethnic people, and gay/lesbian/bisexual and transgender people. Six projects will be chose...

Funding to Support Community Based Documentary Film Makers (UK) 21st May 2021

Grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 are available to individuals and not-for-profit organisations in the creative sector to help build an independent UK documentary sector based within local communities. The BFI Doc Society’s Ripple Effect Fund is a new National Lottery funded initiative that aims to help kickstart community based documentary-focused ideas and reach new audiences. All applicants need to demonstrate how their proposed docu...

Funding to Support Traditional Arts (Scotland) 20th May 2021

Creative Scotland has launched the latest round of their Tasgadh – Small Grants for Traditional Arts fund to provide support for traditional artists and organisations to create, perform, tour and showcase their work. The Fund, managed by Fèisean nan Gàidheal, will provide grants of up to £1,000 for organisations and individuals involved in the Scottish Traditional Arts including dance, music and storytelling. The £36,500 fund can also su...

Grants of up to £5,000 Available to Support Women Songwriters and Composers (UK) 19th May 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...

Grants of up to £5,000 Available to Support the Performing Arts and the Conservation of Historic Objects (UK) 14th May 2021

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. Funding is also available for 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 fund...

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...

BFI Short Film Funding Reopens to Applications (England) 14th May 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...

‘Beer’ Grants to Help Safeguard Live Music Venues & Get Bands Touring Again (UK) 14th May 2021

In response to the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on independent music venues, Signature Brew has committed £250,000 worth of beer to a new fund to help venues across the UK recover and get bands touring again. Successful applicants will receive an allocation of the brewery’s Studio Lager via Beer Grants worth between £500 and £5,000. Touring bands and artists can also apply for between one and five cases of beer which they’ll be ab...

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...

Grants for Science and the Arts Projects (North West of England) 13th May 2021

The Granada Foundation has launched a new funding round for projects that encourage and promote the study, practice and appreciation of science and the arts. Awards of usually £500 to £10,000 are made 3 times a year (with the average award being around £2,000) to organisations (preferably with charitable status) for imaginative and innovative proposals which will make the North West of England a richer and more attractive place in which to...

Grants to Support New Feature Film Writers (England) 13th May 2021

The BFI Network has reopened the BFI Early Development Fund to support new feature film writers with exciting ideas for a debut feature. The funding will be awarded to support writers based in England who are at the very beginning of their development process, prior to having the first draft of a script, with writing an initial treatment document, researching ideas and creating related visual materials. Filmmakers will also benefit from the cr...

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...

Funding Call to Help Junior Creators/Animators with the Production of Animated Short Films (Northern Ireland) 12th May 2021

Northern Ireland Screen has launched a call for applications to help junior creators/animators with the production of animated short films. The Creative Animation Scheme is open to Northern Ireland based animation companies which have identified emerging talent that could be supported to develop their own ideas and create up to two animated short films. Grants of up to £40,000 are available to cover the costs of film production and to ensure...

Funding for Schools to Purchase Musical Equipment (UK) 12th May 2021

The Universal Music UK Sound Foundation (UMUKSF) has launched a new funding round to enable schools across the UK and Eire to apply for grants of up to £1,500 towards the cost of musical resources. The UMUKSF School Awards will provide funding for schools teaching the national curriculum to improve their music department through the purchase or upgrade of musical instruments and equipment. To date, the Foundation has awarded grants to over 7,...

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,...

Grants to Support Projects in Horticulture, Plant Sciences, Fine Art & Art History (UK) 4th May 2021

UK charities and charitable organisations, including school Parent Teacher Associations, are eligible to apply for grants of up to £10,000 to support projects in the areas of horticulture, plant sciences, fine art and art history. The Finnis Scott Foundation will award funding to cover capital or revenue expenditure, with preference given to smaller organisations where the grant will have a significant impact. The next closing date for applic...

National Archives Scoping Grants (UK) 29th April 2021

The National Archives has announced that the next deadline for its Scoping Grants is the 6th September 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...

PRS Music Foundation Composers’ Fund (UK) 29th April 2021

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 re-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...

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...

Funding to Support the Development of Songwriters & Composers (UK) 23rd April 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 will be 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 outs...

Funding to Help Museums Reopen Safely After Covid-19 (Scotland) 21st April 2021

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...

War Memorials Grant Scheme (UK) 16th April 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...

Grants for Churches for the Conservation of Decorative Features and Monuments (UK) 15th April 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...

Grants to Help New, Innovative Visual Arts Projects (UK) 14th April 2021

The Elephant Trust has announced that the next deadline for applications is the 27th June 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. Priority...

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...

Grants to Encourage Participation in the Arts (England) 12th April 2021

The Arts Council England has launched a new round of their Creative People and Places National Portfolio Fund. The aim of the Fund is to support arts projects in places where involvement in the arts is significantly below the national average. Grants of between £750,000 and £1 million will be available to bring creative opportunities to communities in 66 eligible locations not currently engaging with the arts. The Arts Council is keen to e...

Funding for Cultural and Educational Links with Japan (UK) 9th April 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...

Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation (UK) 9th April 2021

The Wingate Foundation has announced that the next deadline to apply is the 9th June 2021. The Foundation supports projects, institutions and activities in the following areras: Medical Research Travel grants; Jewish Life and Learning; Performing Arts; and Music. 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 the...

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...

Inspiring London Through Culture (London) 1st April 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...

Funding for Songwriters and Producers to Develop their Careers (UK) 26th March 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 grants of between £5,000 and £10,000. Applications can be made by songwriters or producers directly (or by their re...

Research & Development Grants for Disabled Artists (London) 19th March 2021

The Mayor of London has launched an open call for Research and Development projects and digital programmes by London-based D/deaf, disabled and neurodivergent artists or organisations. Grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 are available for artists to create work for a wide range of formats, such as events, performances, exhibitions, talks, walks, and workshops. All artforms are welcome, including music, visual art, comedy, poetry, stre...

Capital Grants of up to £1,000 Available to Arts and Heritage Organisations (UK) 15th March 2021

Small charities and not for profit organisations working in the areas of local heritage and the performing and visual arts can currently apply for funding through the Lady Neville Charity grants programme. Eligible organisations can apply for capital grants of up to £1,000 (e.g. equipment, capital building works, etc). Trustees may also consider funding towards one-off anniversary events that are not part of core activities. In addition, the...

Apply for the Nurturing Talent - Time to Shine Fund (Scotland) 15th March 2021

Young people living in Scotland who are aged between 11 and 25 and aspiring to careers in the creative industries can now apply for funding of between £50 and £1,000 to develop their creative passions and talents. Applications are welcome from both individuals and groups. For group applications, most of the members should be between 11 to 25 years old. The Nurturing Talent fund has been created by the National Youth Arts Advisory Group. A to...

Royal Victoria Hall Foundation (London) 9th March 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...

Capital Grants for Theatre Improvements (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) 4th March 2021

Theatre Operators can apply for grants of up to £20,000 to improve the environmental sustainability of their theatres. The Theatre Improvement Scheme can support a range of projects that consider different ways theatre buildings can reduce their environmental impact. This might range from building management systems to more efficient water heaters, or a green roof to new windows. The funding is being made available through the Theatres Trust...

Funding for High Quality New Music Projects (UK) 22nd February 2021

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...

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 to Support Arts and Creative Organisations and Individuals (Scotland) 15th January 2021

Creative Scotland is making grants of between £1,000 and £100,000 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 creativ...

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 Available to Enhance the Cultural Impact of Arts Organisations (England) 24th November 2020

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 50 per cent of the total investment. The £3.5m Fund has been restructured to make it more responsive to the economic shock of COVID-19 and aims to offer more flexible financi...

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...