Arts, Culture & Heritage

Latest Edition of the Grants Online Funding Insight Newsletter Now Available to Download 19th August 2019

The Funding Insight Newsletter is now available to download. The Funding Alert Newsletter summarises the latest funding opportunities to have featured on the Grants Online website and is circulated to our subscribers on a weekly basis. This weeks Newsletter contains 35 pages of the latest funding news.

Grants for Small Museums for Conservation and Management (UK) 16th August 2019

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

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

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

Funding Available to Music Creators to Develop their Career (UK) 13th August 2019

From September 2019, creative and entrepreneurial independent music creators will be able to apply for grants of up to £3,000 to help fund professional development opportunities. The funding is available to emerging and professional musicians of all genres and disciplines who already have an active career and track record, with a focus on independent music creators. Applicants can be a solo artist, composer, group member, songwriter, producer...

Funding for Music Making Projects For Young People in Challenging Circumstances (England) 12th August 2019

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

Funding for Cultural and Educational Links with Japan (UK) 12th August 2019

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to cultural organisations, universities and schools; etc that wish to develop links with Japan and Japanese organisations. Grants 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 a...

National Archives Scoping Grants (UK) 12th August 2019

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

Funding for Artists to Develop their Artistic Practice (England) 9th August 2019

The next funding round of the Arts Council England's Developing your Creative Practice programme is due to re-open for applications on the 10th October 2019. Developing your Creative Practice makes grants of up to £10,000 and has been designed to support the development of independent creative practioners working in dance, theatre, music, visual arts, literature, combined arts or museums practice. The aim is to offer practitioners the time an...

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

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

War Memorials Grant Scheme (UK) 2nd August 2019

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

Funding to Bring Heritage Buildings Back into Use (England) 31st July 2019

Charities and not for profit organisations such as co-operatives, parish and town councils can apply for grants of up to £350,000 for the repair, restoration and adaptation of a heritage building located in a high street or town centre and to bring it back into use. The funding is being made available through the Architectural Heritage Fund’s Transformational Project Grants. Transformational Project Grants are part of the Transforming Pla...

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

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

Capital Grants for Theatre Improvements (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) 17th July 2019

Theatres of all sizes in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are invited to apply for capital grants of up to £20,000 to reduce their environmental impact. From sedum roofs to new windows, building management systems to more efficient water heaters, funding will be given to projects that demonstrate how a small intervention can have a big impact. The closing date for applications is the 13th September 2019.

Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund (UK) 16th July 2019

Museums, galleries and partnerships from across the UK can apply for grants of between £20,000-£120,000 to support projects that can demonstrate the significance, distinctiveness and power of collections to people and deliver social impact for people and communities. Projects can last up to three years. To be considered for funding, applications must both work with an existing collection or collections to improve understanding of them and in...

National Churches Foundation Grant Reopens for Applications (UK) 16th July 2019

Churches across the UK can apply for grants of between £500 and £3,000 towards the cost of urgent maintenance works and small repairs through the National Churches Trust Foundation Grant Programme. The Foundation Grant Programme can, for a limited time only, award grants of up to £10,000 towards urgent maintenance works and small investigative works costing up to £20,000 and will cover no more that 50% of costs. Applications are accepted f...

Grants for Musicians and Bands (UK) 10th July 2019

Artists and bands that are at a crucial point in their careers have until the 28th August 2019 to apply for grants of between £5,000 and £15,000 to further develop their growth and progression. Activities eligible for funding include recording, touring and marketing. Applications can be submitted by the artists themselves or those who are working on their behalf, for example, a manager, an independent label or publisher. The funding is being...

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

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

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

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

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

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

New £100 Million Heritage Horizon Awards Launched (UK) 2nd July 2019

Not for profit organisations and partnerships led by not for profit organisations can apply for grants of over £5 million to support large and ambitious heritage projects. The funding is being made available though the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s new £100 million Heritage Horizon Awards. These awards will be made over the next three years. The focus for this year’s awards are landscapes and nature (natural heritage) and revitalisi...

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

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

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

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

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

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

Collaborative Research and Development Grants for Emerging Artists (UK) 21st June 2019

Professional and emerging professional musicians of all genres and disciplines can apply for a grant of £2,000 to £5,000 to undertake a project that will enable them to develop and test new work, ideas or potential career directions through inspiring periods of collaborative research and development. Eligible musicians will be over 18 based primarily in the UK and be in financial need and without significant backing. Solo instrumentalists, c...

Funding to Promote Events in Scotland (Scotland) 20th June 2019

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

Small Project Grants for Museums (Scotland) 20th June 2019

Any organisation that runs an Accredited Museum in Scotland can apply for a grant of between £500 and £5,000 for small projects that supports their own continuous improvement goals. Projects supported will have demonstrated an enterprising approach, included skills development (for staff and or volunteers) or shown how the project will help to raise the profile of the museum. The funding is being made available through Museums and Galleries...

Finnis Scott Foundation (UK) 18th June 2019

Charities and charitable organisations - including school Parent Teacher Associations – are eligible to apply for grants of between £500 and £10,000 to support horticulture, plant sciences, fine art and art history projects. Grants awarded may cover capital or revenue expenditure. Preference is given to smaller organisations where the grant will have a significant impact. Apply by the 20th September 2019 for the next trustees meeting of th...

Grants for Musicians and Bands (UK) 17th June 2019

Artists and bands that are at a crucial point in their careers have until the 13th August 2019 to apply for grants of between £5,000 and £15,000 to further develop their growth and progression. Activities eligible for funding include recording, touring and marketing. Applications can be submitted by the artists themselves or those who are working on their behalf, for example, a manager, an independent label or publisher. The funding is being...

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...

Funding for Schools to Purchase Musical Equipment (UK) 17th June 2019

Schools, teachers and individuals in full time education in the UK, that wish to purchase musical instruments and equipment or to fund music courses and training can apply for funding of up to £1,500. To date awards have been made awards to over two thousand schools, individual students and teachers improve their access to music through the purchase or upgrade of musical instruments and equipment. The funding has to be made for music educatio...

The Open Fund For Music Creators (UK) 14th June 2019

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...

Funding for High Quality New Music Projects (UK) 14th June 2019

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...

Women Make Music Grants Programme (UK) 13th June 2019

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to support the development of outstanding women 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 through the PRS for M...

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

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

Grants of up to £5 Million Available for Heritage Projects (UK) 10th June 2019

The Heritage Fund has announced that the next closing date for its Funding Programme £250,000 - £5 Million is the 20th August 2019. The Heritage Fund provides grants to fund a broad range of projects that connect people and communities to the national, regional and local heritage of the UK. This can include a broad range projects relating to natural and designed landscapes; cultural traditions; community archaeology; historic buildings, mo...

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

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

Funding to Support Arts Projects (UK) 31st May 2019

The Fidelio Trust has announced that the next closing date for applications is the 1st October 2019. 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 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...

Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation (UK) 20th May 2019

The Wingate Foundation has announced that the next deadline to apply is Friday the 21st August 2019.The Foundation supports projects, institutions and activities in three areas: 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 their local branch offices.

Project Development Funding for Churches (UK) 16th May 2019

Grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 (for up to 50% of the project costs) are available to listed and unlisted Christian places of worship, of any denomination, across the UK through the National Churches Trust’s Gateway Programme. Grants are offered to fund project development and investigative work up to Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) planning stage 1 to support churches in preparing for a major project and developing it to...

Museum Development Fund (Scotland) 15th May 2019

Museums in Scotland that are caring for Recognised Collections can apply for grants of between £5,000 to £40,000 for projects that will help them to make strategic steps towards becoming more resilient organisations. Grants of up to £60,000 are available for projects relating to those collections. Grants will be awarded for discrete projects that are additional to, or will help the museum to strategically develop core work clear and that ha...

Funding for Music Making Activities (UK) 26th April 2019

Funding of between £500 and £4,000 is available for the development of music making, especially that which involves young people. Well-planned, aspirational projects delivered in and out of schools or in community situations will be supported by the Michael Tippett Musical Foundation. New initiatives as well as the development of existing projects will be considered for support at the annual meeting of the Trustees. Projects supported can co...

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

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

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

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

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

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

Grants for Churches for the Conservation of Decorative Features and Monuments (UK) 5th April 2019

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

Funding for Links with Japan (UK) 2nd April 2019

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

Capital Grants of up to £1,000 Available to Arts and Heritage Organisations (UK) 1st April 2019

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...

Royal Victoria Hall Foundation (London) 20th March 2019

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

Grants for Improvements to Small Theatres (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) 18th February 2019

Capital grants of up to £5,000 are available to small Theatres across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to help fund urgent building repairs, environmental improvements or to improve physical accessibility. Applications can be made by small independent, commercial, subsidised and amateur theatres and open-air venues run by charities and not-for-profit groups. Successful bids will show the value the capital improvements will make t...

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

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

Idlewild Trust Announces Next Application Deadline (UK) 14th February 2019

The Idlewild Trust has announced that the next closing date for applications to its grant making programme is the 5th September 2019. The Idlewild Trust is a grant making trust that supports charities concerned with improving 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, h...