Arts, Culture & Heritage

Funding for Musical Instruments Scheme (Northern Ireland) 18th November 2019

Marching bands, non-professional and professional performing groups, community groups, professional musicians and schools that are working to increase the quality of music-making in Northern Ireland can now apply for one of three funding opportunities. Grants of between £500 and £30,000 will be available to enable organisations to purchase instruments and music-making equipment. The Musical Instruments Scheme is being managed by The Arts Cou...

Grants for Urgent Structural Repairs to Churches (UK) 13th November 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...

Funding for Urgent Building Projects in Small Theatres (London) 13th November 2019

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

Funding to Support Arts Projects (UK) 6th November 2019

The Fidelio Trust has announced that the next closing date for applications is the 28th February 2020. The Trust offers grants of up to £5,000 in support of the Arts, in particular Music, including Opera; Lieder; Composition and Dance. The Trustees aim to help individuals and groups such as Colleges; Arts Festivals and other arts organisations who would not be able to carry out a project or activity without financial support.

Grants for Community Music Projects (UK) 6th November 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 for Talented Musicians and Groups (UK) 4th November 2019

Help Musicians UK together with MOBO Trust have announced the second round of the MOBO Help Musicians Fund. Exceptionally talented artists and groups can apply for grants of up to £2,000 with grants of up to £3,000 available for larger groups of musicians. Grants can cover a variety of the costs of any opportunity that will have a significant impact on the artist’s creativity and career - from vocal coaching to touring. Any solo artist, pr...

National Archives Scoping Grants (UK) 1st November 2019

The National Archives has announced that the next deadline for its Scoping Grants is the 27th January 2020. 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...

Funding for Events and Festivals (Scotland) 1st November 2019

Grants of between £300 and £1500 are now available to organisations running accredited museums in Scotland to enable them to stage an event that is part of a wider local or regional event programme or festival. The Museums Galleries Scotland Festival Fund is designed to help museums to develop local and regional relationships in order to increase their audience development potential. Events included in the application must be open to members...

Grants of up to £1,000 Available to Support Traditional Arts (Scotland) 30th October 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 Museums and Galleries to Sustain their Collections (UK) 28th October 2019

£500,000 of funding is now available to regional museums and galleries in the UK to enhance and sustain curatorial development and enable them to attract a broader public. Five or six grants will be available for periods of two or three years with the average grant expected to be in the region of £87,000. The Fund is open to a wide variety of collection types including visual and decorative arts, archaeology and social and natural history co...

Funding to Help Communities to Give Historic Buildings A New Lease of Life (UK) 24th October 2019

Grants of up to £30,000 are available for projects that support people, communities and organisations to take ownership, to repair and to adapt historic buildings and places for new sustainable uses. The funding is available to cover the costs of developing and co-ordinating a project and take it towards the start of work on site. The grants are for project development costs only and not for on-site capital works. Priority will be given to p...

Architectural Heritage Fund - Project Viability Fund (UK) 24th October 2019

Grants of up to £7,500 are now available for formally constituted charities or social enterprises that have the necessary powers to undertake a project involving the acquisition and conversion of an historic building. The Architectural Heritage Fund Project Viability Grant aims to enable organisations to work out whether a proposed use for a building will be economically viable. The grant will contribute towards the cost of exploring differen...

New £250 million Culture Investment Fund Launched (England) 16th October 2019

Innovative cultural projects, libraries, museums and creative industries will soon be able to apply for a share of a new £250 million Culture Investment Fund. The aim of the fund is to drive local economic growth, support young people, and reinforce culture’s role at the heart of communities. Over the next 5 years, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport will invest £50 million each year in culture and the creative industries...

Grants to Help New, Innovative Visual Arts Projects (UK) 15th October 2019

The Elephant Trust has announced that the next deadline for applications is the 26th January 2020. The Trust offers grants to artists and for new, innovative visual arts projects. It aims to make it possible for artists and those presenting their work to undertake and complete projects when confronted by a lack of funds. The Trust supports projects that develop and improve the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the fine arts. Priori...

Funding for Music Making Projects For Young People in Challenging Circumstances (England) 11th October 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...

PRS Foundation – Resonate Fund Re-opens for Applications (UK) 10th October 2019

The PRS Foundation has announced that the Resonate fund has re-opened for applications. The fund aims to encourage professional orchestras to programme into their repertoire the best pieces of British music from the past 25 years. Grants of up to £10,000 are available to orchestras who commit to exploring contemporary UK repertoire as part of a season/tour and longer-term audience development programme. The Resonate fund is open to all full a...

Funding to Promote Events in Scotland (Scotland) 8th October 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...

Funding for Links with Japan (UK) 3rd October 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...

Grants for Small Museums for Conservation and Management (UK) 2nd October 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...

Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation (UK) 27th September 2019

The Wingate Foundation has announced that the next deadline to apply is the 4th December 2019.The Foundation supports projects, institutions and activities in the following areras: Jewish Life and Learning; Performing Arts; Music; and Medical Research Travel grants. 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...

Funding for Front of House Theatre Lighting (UK) 24th September 2019

Not-for-profit theatres, both amateur and professional, with less than a 500-seat capacity can now apply for the opportunity for a full upgrade to their Front-of-House lights. The funding is provided by a partnership between the Theatres Trust and GDS, who manufacture LED lighting equipment and controls, and will allow one theatre to benefit from a full upgrade to its front-of-house lights. The GDS Front of House fund will deliver a complete s...

Project Development Funding for Churches (UK) 20th September 2019

Grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 are available to listed and unlisted Christian places towards developing a church building project. This includes Churches, Chapels and Meeting Houses. The funding is being made available through the National Churches Trusts Gateway Programme. The closing date for applications is the 9th January 2020. The Gateway Grant Programme also offers grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 to local church tr...

Funding for Cultural and Educational Links with Japan (UK) 18th September 2019

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 for Museums to Purchase Equipment (Scotland) 17th September 2019

Independent accredited museums in Scotland can apply for grants to purchase small equipment. This can include items such as ICT, audio-visual, environmental monitoring or collections care equipment. Organisations can apply for £300 to £600 (up to 100% of total purchase costs).  The funding is being made available through the Museums, Galleries Scotland Purchase Fund.  This is a rolling fund to which applications can be accepted at any time...

Idlewild Trust Announces Next Application Deadline (UK) 13th September 2019

The Idlewild Trust has announced that the next closing date for applications to its grantmaking programme is the 13th February 2020. 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...

Grants for Churches for the Conservation of Decorative Features and Monuments (UK) 12th September 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...

FCC Scottish Action Fund (Scotland) 9th September 2019

Not for profit organisations such as registered charities, community councils, community groups and local authorities can apply for grants of between £2,000 and £40,000 to fund community recycling and biodiversity projects as well as improvements to public amenities, parks and historic buildings. The funding is being made available through the FCC Scottish Action Fund. To be eligible most projects must be within 10 miles of an eligible licen...

Royal Victoria Hall Foundation (London) 6th September 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 of up to £5,000 Available to Support the Performing Arts and the Conservation of Historic Objects (UK) 23rd August 2019

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; and 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 funding is being made available...

ChurchCare - Grants for Fabric Repairs (UK) 23rd August 2019

The Church of England has announced that the next deadline for applications to its ChurchCare - Grants for Fabric Repairs is the 27th January 2020. ChurchCare supports all those in parishes, dioceses and cathedrals caring for their buildings. The Fabric Repairs programme helps PCCs with the eligible costs of essential fabric repairs in architecturally or historically significant Anglican churches in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Irelan...

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 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...

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...

Funding to Enhance the Cultural Impact of Arts Organisations (England) 17th June 2019

Arts, cultural and creative organisations in England can apply for small-scale repayable finance to enhance their social impact and help them to become more resilient. The aim of this £3.7 million Fund is to enable risk-taking, ambitious organisations in the arts and cultural sector to take on small-scale repayable finance in order to achieve social outcomes and increase their capability to articulate, achieve, monitor and evaluate their inte...

Grants to 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...