Arts, Culture & Heritage

Grants of up to £1,000 Available to Traditional Artists and Organisations Showcase their Work (Scotland) 1st July 2022

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...

£128 Million to Improve Access to the Arts & Culture (England) 30th June 2022

To help improve access to the arts and culture, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport is making a total of £128 million in funding available to cultural venues including museums, galleries and public libraries in England. Organisations are encouraged to submit expressions of interest for the financial support which will be distributed across three funds: the £49.4 million Cultural Development Fund which aims to increase access t...

Funding to Support Arts Projects (UK) 22nd June 2022

The Fidelio Trust has announced that the next closing date for applications is the 30th September 2022. 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.

Grants to Help Museums Become More Resilient (Scotland) 20th June 2022

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...

Community Grants to Celebrate 1900 Years of Hadrian’s Wall (North of England) 20th June 2022

Community grants of up to £5,000 are available to support the delivery of events and activities for the year-long Hadrian's Wall 1900 Festival which celebrates life on the Wall from Roman times to the present day. The funding is available to everyone for any type of new and diverse activity/project from walks and talks, to lectures and conferences, workshops, painting, crafting; dance, parading, and performances; exhibitions; or food and musi...

Grants of up to £25,000 to Highlight the Achievements of Minority Communities (London) 17th June 2022

Community led organisations can apply for grants of up to £25,000 to highlight the achievements of Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, women, LGBTQ+ communities and disabled people in public spaces. This can include murals, artworks, plaques, benches, memorials, gardens, play areas, etc. The funding is being made available through the second round of the Mayor of Untold Stories grant programme. A total of £490,000 is available dur...

Grants to Support Music Making (UK & Ireland) 16th June 2022

To recognise the vital role music plays in uniting communities and improving wellbeing, Music for All has opened a new round of Community Project Funding for projects and initiatives across the UK and Ireland seeking to bring music to their community. The funding is aimed at community groups and schools that need assistance to fulfil their potential in developing sustainable music programmes. This round will award musical instruments or grants...

Funding to Support the Historic Environment Sector (Scotland) 15th June 2022

Third sector organisations across Scotland will be able to apply for multi-year funding to support projects and activities delivering national impact for Scotland’s historic environment sector. The funding, which is made available through Historic Environment Scotland’s Partnership Fund, will support the costs of delivering up to three different areas of activity for up to three years. Activities could include professional or volunteer tra...

New £1.5m Funding Programme Launched to Promote Arts Projects In Rural Areas (Northern Ireland) 14th June 2022

Community groups, arts organisations and local authorities in rural communities across Northern Ireland can now apply for grants of up to £10,000 to deliver arts projects benefitting rurally-based communities. The funding, which is being made available through the Arts Council’s new Rural Engagement Arts Programme aims to provide an integrated, cohesive approach to the needs of local rural communities as they emerge from the global Covid-19...

Funding to Support Business Growth in the Moving Image Industry (England, outside of London) 9th June 2022

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...

Funding Call to Help Junior Creators/Animators with the Production of Animated Short Films (Northern Ireland) 8th June 2022

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...

Grants for Welfare and Art Projects (South West of England) 2nd June 2022

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 for Schools to Purchase Musical Equipment (UK) 2nd June 2022

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,...

National Churches Foundation Grants (UK) 31st May 2022

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. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basi...

Funding to Support Traditional Arts (Scotland) 31st May 2022

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...

Funding to Boost Global Success for Independent Film, TV & Video Games (UK) 25th May 2022

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has confirmed its UK Global Screen Fund will be extended for three years with an additional £21 million in funding, to support the industry to develop new talent, create jobs and target new audiences around the world. Funding will be allocated in three strands: International Distribution Funding will support the sale and distribution of UK feature films in target countries and at major film f...

£1.5 Million to Support Grassroots Live Music Venues & Promoters (England) 25th May 2022

Grassroots music venues and promoters in England can apply for a share of £1.5 million in funding to help them deliver and develop their work. Organisations whose main function is to host and/or promote live music events of all types and genres, in particular those working with new, developing talent in small to mid-size venues, can apply for grants of up to £40,000 for projects lasting up to three years. Funding can also be used for activit...

Grants of up to £10,000 for Science and the Arts Projects (North West of England) 11th May 2022

Organisations (preferably with charitable status) based in the north-west of England are invited to submit imaginative proposals for projects that encourage and promote the study, practice and appreciation of science and the arts. Awards of £500 to £10,000 are made 3 times a year (with the average award being around £2,000). The funding is being made available through the Granada Foundation and the next closing date is the 5th July 2022.

Funding to Help the Museum & Gallery Sector Recover from the Coronavirus Pandemic (Scotland) 11th May 2022

To help the museum and gallery sector recover from the Coronavirus pandemic, Museums Galleries Scotland has launched a new funding round of their Small Grants Fund. The funding will support accredited museums with grants of up to £15,000 to help them build resilience, re-engage with audiences, cover critical repairs and maintenance (including collections management work), and become more environmentally sustainable. Museums working towards ac...

Grants of up to £5,000 Available to Support the Performing Arts and the Conservation of Historic Objects (UK) 5th May 2022

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 Support Young Creatives to Launch a Project, Idea or Business (UK) 29th April 2022

Young people in the UK starting out in the music industry can apply for grants of up to £2,500 to support creative projects, ideas or businesses. This can include singers, songwriters, producers, djs, managers and agents who do not have the financial means to invest in themselves. The grant can be used towards starting a record label, launch a single, or provide a platform that supports underrepresented voices, etc. Funding can also cover c...

Funding Package to Help Musicians Record & Release Music (UK) 26th April 2022

Grants of up to £3,000 are available to help independent music creators of all genres and disciplines to record and release music. The grants can be used to fund the cost of recording and releasing a new body of work by music creators across the UK who are controlling one or more aspects of their career (e.g., self-managing, self-releasing, self-producing). The funding is being made available through Help Musicians Record and Release fund....

Funding for Global Majority-led Arts Organisations to Develop Creative Work with People with Mental Health Problems (UK) 21st April 2022

The Baring Foundation has launched a new £500,000 fund for Global Majority-led arts organisations in the UK to develop creative work with people with mental health problems. Global Majority communities refers to people who are Black, Asian, Brown, dual-heritage, indigenous to the global south, and or have been racialised as 'ethnic minorities' who make up the majority of people on the planet. Projects can include partnerships with other arts...

Funding to Support Young Creatives to Launch a Project, Idea or Business (UK) 19th April 2022

Youth Music has announced that their NextGen fund will re-open to applications on the 25th April. The fund supports emerging musicians and behind the scenes creatives aged 18-25 (and under-30s who identify as Disabled) from across the UK to launch a creative project, idea or business. Funding could help people including singers, songwriters, producers, djs, managers and agents who do not have the financial means to invest in themselves, to sta...

Grants for Churches for the Conservation of Decorative Features and Monuments (UK) 8th April 2022

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...

Funding for Cultural and Educational Links with Japan (UK) 4th April 2022

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 Talented Young People Reach their Potential (Scarborough Borough, the North York Moors National Park, & Redcar & Cleveland) 29th March 2022

Grants of up to £1,500 are available to support talented children and young people who face barriers to reaching their potential due to a lack of funding. The Sirius Foundation’s Young and Talented Fund will help disadvantaged young people up to the age of 18 (up to 25 for care leavers and those with special educational needs and disabilities) living in Scarborough Borough, the North York Moors National Park, and Redcar and Cleveland to pro...

The Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund Re-Opens to Applications (UK) 28th March 2022

The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation has announced that the latest funding round of the Collections Fund is now open for applications. The Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund supports museums to use their collections to become relevant and sustainable organisations that are connected to and valued by their communities. Run by the Museums Association, the foundation will award grants of up to £90,000 over two years to support approximately seven to t...

Funding to Improve the Display, Interpretation & Accessibility of Museum Collections (England) 25th March 2022

The Wolfson Foundation and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) have announced a new round of funding for museums, museum services and galleries to improve displays, protect collections and make exhibitions more accessible. More than 370 museums and galleries in England are eligible to apply for a share of £4 million in funding which is being made available over the next two years as part of the DCMS/Wolfson Museum and...

Idlewild Trust Announces Next Application Deadline (UK) 24th March 2022

The Idlewild Trust has announced that the next closing date for applications to its grantmaking programme is the 6th September 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 ar...

The Ouseley Trust (England, Wales & Ireland) 17th March 2022

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 30th June 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 for in...

Funding to Support the Dance Sector (Birmingham & West Midlands) 17th March 2022

The Dance Hub Birmingham (DHB) has announced that its Investment programme is open for applications. A total of £500,000 to support a diverse range of projects that make dance a vibrant and resilient contributor to the artistic and economic life of Birmingham and the West Midlands. The DHB Investment Programme is seeking proposals over £30,000. DHB are particularly looking for proposals that embrace and intersect across more than one of the...

Funding for Smaller Scale Professional Theatre Projects (London) 16th March 2022

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 for Talented Musicians and Groups (UK) 15th March 2022

Grants of up to £3,000 are available to support the careers of talented artists and groups working in music of black origin. The funding is available for recording and releasing music; helping to build creative portfolios and get music out into the world. The funding is being made available through the MOBO Help Musicians Fund. As well as the funding the scheme also offers one-to-one business advice and one-to-one health consultation coverin...

War Memorials Grant Scheme (UK) 4th March 2022

Grants of up to £20,000 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...

Student Opportunities in Public Museums & Galleries (UK) 3rd March 2022

Funding is available to help public museums, galleries and visual arts organisations in the UK to provide meaningful paid work experience opportunities for full-time university students that enables them to further explore their interest in the arts, and related future career options before they graduate. Through Art Fund’s Student Opportunities programme, organisations can apply for up to £10,000 towards the costs associated with paying st...

Funding to Help the Culture & Events Sector Recover from the Impact of Omicron (Scotland) 1st March 2022

The Scottish Government is making £16 million in funding available to help cultural organisations, events, museums and freelancers recover from the economic impact of Covid-19 restrictions. Delivered through the Omicron business support fund, a total of £12 million will be given to Creative Scotland to support a hardship fund for creative freelancers, a recovery fund for cultural organisations, and for Edinburgh Festivals celebrating their 7...

More than 100 Locations to be Prioritised for New Arts Funding (England) 28th February 2022

In an effort to level up access to the arts, the UK Government is making an additional £75 million in funding available to culturally underserved communities outside of London. The funding will be distributed by Arts Council England to support new and established arts and cultural organisations to expand their operations beyond the capital to areas that historically have had low investment in arts and culture. This could mean, for example, ne...

Historic Environment Scotland Announces New Grants Programmes (Scotland) 17th February 2022

Following a review of its existing schemes and a wider public consultation, Historic Environment Scotland has updated and streamlined it grants programmes to promote and protect Scotland’s historic environment. This includes the introduction of Historic Environment Grants, a new open programme for project-based funding enabling applicants to apply for capital and activity costs; a new Partnership Fund; the Heritage & Place Programme to suppo...

Funding to Support Classical Music Performance & Training (UK) 10th February 2022

UK charities and not-for-profit organisations can apply for funding to support classical music performance and training especially chamber music, composition and music education. The Radcliffe Trust Music Grants programme generally awards grants in the region of £2,500 to £7,500, and is particularly interested in supporting music for children and adults with special needs, youth orchestras and projects at secondary and higher levels, includi...

Grants of up to £10,000 Available for Arts Events, Festivals & Activities (Northern Ireland) 8th February 2022

Professional arts organisations, constituted parents teachers associations and community groups can apply for grants of between £500 and £10,000 to deliver arts events, festivals and activities across Northern Ireland. The Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s National Lottery Small Grants programme will support projects which provide ways for new and existing audiences to connect with the arts in any form, including music, drama, dance, lite...

Funding for Music-Led Creative Collaborations (UK) 26th January 2022

Professional UK musicians can apply for funding of up to £5,000 for music-led creative collaborations. The grants will support collaborations between musicians and other non-music artists such as lighting designers, choreographers, gaming designers, and visual artists etc. The funding can be used to cover costs such as venue and rehearsal space, recording costs, travel, and fees for musicians, artists or collaborators’ time. Groups of six m...

Emergency Covid-19 Funding for Cultural Organisations (Scotland) 21st January 2022

The Scottish Government is making £25 million in funding available to support cultural organisations which are experiencing immediate financial hardship caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The funding will enable organisations which have lost income following the cancellation or deferral of performances or cultural activity to continue to operate and plan ahead. The Cancellation Fund for Cultural Organisations, administered by Creative Scotland,...

Funding to Help Musicians Develop their Skills (UK) 20th January 2022

Grants of up to £1,500 are available to support musicians to develop their skills or artistic practice. The funding is available to help solo artists, composers, group members, songwriters, producers or multidisciplinary artists aged 18 and over with no significant backing to reinvigorate and sustain their careers as music creators. Groups of six members or less can also apply. The funding is being made available by Help Musicians, the indep...

Arts-Based Learning Fund (UK) 11th January 2022

Not for profit organisations and charities that are working with schools, colleges and other formal education settings can apply for grants of between £30,000 and £400,000 to enhance the lives, development and achievements of children and young people through high quality arts-based learning activities. Projects can last for two to three years. The funding is being made available through the Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Arts-based Learning Fu...

Emergency Covid-19 Funding for Creative Freelancers (Scotland) 6th January 2022

The Scottish Government is making £8 million in funding available to support creative freelancers who are experiencing immediate financial hardship caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Grants of between £500 and £2,000 will be available to creative freelancers working in the arts, screen and creative sectors who have lost income following the cancellation or deferral of performances, productions, exhibitions and shows that were due to take plac...

Funding to Create Opportunities for Young People to Engage with Arts (London) 3rd December 2021

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to state schools and arts organisations to create opportunities for young people to engage with Arts that have been curtailed by restrictions due to Covid-19, particularly those from backgrounds that typically do not engage in Arts activities. Through their Cultural Capital Fund, the John Lyon’s Charity will support high quality face-to-face arts activities which can run across Early Years, primary, seco...

Funding to Protect Nationally Important Heritage which is at Risk Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic (UK) 29th October 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...

Funding for School Visits to High-Quality Arts Events (Wales) 26th October 2021

Grants of up to £1,000 are available to schools for single visits to arts and cultural events in Wales. Go and See Grants will fund the cost of tickets and transport for visits to high-quality arts events in galleries, theatres, arts centres and other venues which contribute to and enrich learning for children up to 16 years of age. This could include visits to performances and exhibitions or visits to experience arts professionals developing...

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...

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 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...

£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...

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...

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...