Arts and culture
Browse our list of funders that specialise in arts and culture
As with any charitable project, it’s worth considering the funders that will fund a wide variety of projects.
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Arts Council England
The Arts Council distributes funds from the National Lottery and administers a range of funds, including:
- Developing your Creative Practice £2,000 to £10,000 for research and development opportunities, building new networks and creating new work. For individuals only. This fund is currently suspended while the Arts Council focuses on COVID-response funding.
- Project Grants £1,000 to £100,000 for arts, museums and libraries projects (individuals and organisations)
- Small Capital Grants £100,000 to £500,000 for buildings and infrastructure (constituted arts and cultural organisations). This fund is currently suspended while the Arts Council focuses on COVID-response funding.
Other Arts Council funds come and go; visit www.artscouncil.org.uk for the latest funds.
Foyle Foundation runs various grant schemes for UK registered charities in support of performing and visual arts, including:
- Main Grants Scheme – Arts Typically in the range of £10,000 to £50,000 for arts projects that “help sustain the arts and support projects that help to deliver your artistic vision”.
- Small Grants Scheme £1,000 to £10,000 for charities with an annual turnover of less than £150,000.
Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
The arts is one of five themes for this fund, which has awarded grants ranging from £2,000 to £1.5m for charitable projects (but not capital costs) in the UK. Most grants are over £20,000. Organisations must have a regular turnover of at least £50,000 and a demonstrable track record of successful delivery.
This fund is currently closed but is expected to reopen in October 2020 with revised aims, one of which is “Creative, confident communities”.
Paul Hamlyn Foundation
Grants of up to £400,000 for charities, community organisations, social enterprises and not-for-profit companies active in the arts. Its UK work includes three arts-based themes:
The Foundation also has an Ideas and Pioneers Fund, which offers grants of £10,000 to support individuals and organisations that have unusual or radical ideas to improve the life chances and opportunities of people in the UK.
Garfield Weston Foundation
Themes for this foundation include Arts (for revenue and capital projects) and Museums and Heritage. A range of charitable organisations can apply, but not individuals, CICs or local authorities. There is no deadline or maximum award; the average is £40,000.
The Rayne Foundation
One of the themes of this Foundation is “arts as a tool to achieve social change”. It awards grants of up to £20,000 per year for up to three years, with match funding required.
Trusthouse Charitable Foundation
Grants from £2,000 to £60,000 are available to UK charitable organisations with a total annual income under £500,000, under a range of themes including Arts, Education and Heritage.
This fund is temporarily suspended and is expected to relaunch in autumn 2020.
PRS Foundation – Open Fund for Organisations
Grants of up to £10,000 for 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.
Ashley Family Foundation
Arts, Rural and Community are three of the Ashley Family Foundation‘s five themes, which funds registered charities. It particularly wants to “help bring art to those people that it can help, and help those who will go on to bring art to the people.” There is no set limit but it favours requests below £10,000.
Barbara Whatmore Charitable Trust
Grants up to £4,000 for registered charities undertaking projects relating to the arts, heritage or conservation, with a preference for East Anglia. The Trust does not have a website; please call 07762 942914 or email email@example.com.
Grants of up to £50,000 (with most between £5,000 and £20,000) to support the cultural sector’s work with children and young people. Short- and long-term projects are considered. Match funding is required; the Foundation expects to fund between 30% to 80% of total project costs.
Theatres Trust: Theatre Reopening Fund
Grants up to £5,000 are available to UK theatres run by charities and not-for-profit groups to make COVID-19-related adaptions and prepare for reopening. Eligible costs include equipment such as screens and sanitisation stations but not staff.
Youth Music Network
Grants of up to £200,000 are available to non-profit organisations, including schools, which help to deliver Youth Music’s vision, that “Life-changing music-making is available to all children and young people”. Its three funds have varying amounts and requirements.
Music for All
Grants of around £2,500 are available to community groups and schools that aim to bring musical projects to their local communities. Eligible costs include musical instrument costs, workshops/training and using music to break down barriers.
Awards for Young Musicians
Grants of up to £2,000 are available for gifted young musicians aged five to 17 from low-income families, helping them to overcome financial and social barriers in their musical journeys. This fund is expected to reopen in January 2021.
Grants up to £2,000 for artists and small organisations and galleries, to help them complete projects when frustrated by a lack of funds. The next deadlines are 19 October 2020 and 25 January 2021.
Grants of £250 to £750 for individuals and organisations for projects that support live and performance arts, and arts education.
Grants are available to individuals, organisations and charities in the UK undertaking projects to promote music, particularly contemporary music, such as commissioning of new work, non-commercial recording or publication. This find is suspended pending a reappraisal by trustees in December 2020.
The Lady Neville Charity
Grants of £1,000 for grassroots charitable organisations working in areas including local heritage, performing arts and visual arts. Registered charities and not-for-profit organisations with an annual income less than £100,000 are eligible to apply.
Sylvia Waddilove Foundation
Grants from this foundation are currently focused on Covid relief, with up to £1,000 for organisations that are struggling because of increased demand or loss of income. It’s open to charities, CICs and registered societies with an annual income under £500,000, and its themes include visual and performing arts.
Steel Charitable Trust
Grants of £2,500 to £25,000 for UK registered charities for projects under five themes including Arts and Heritage. Revenue, core and capital costs are supported, and applications are reviewed quarterly.
Said Foundation – Amal Grants Programme
Grants up to £50,000 over three years to support a variety of high-quality arts and cultural activities that aim to further the objectives of increasing understanding of Britain’s Muslim communities among people of other faiths and none and fostering a stronger sense of belonging in the UK among its Muslim communities.
Henry Moore Foundation
Grants up to £20,000 for galleries, museums and institutions concerned with art and art history, including UK universities, to support sculpture through commissions, acquisitions, research and development, conferences, lectures and publications.
John Coates Charitable Trust
The Arts and Heritage are two of the five themes for this trust, which offers grants from £5,000 to £10,000 to UK registered charities. The trustees meet twice a year, usually in January and July.
Grants from £250 to £3,000 are available to UK voluntary sector organisations (not individuals or schools) for projects that promote, maintain, improve and advance the education of the public in the arts generally and, in particular, the fine arts and music. Most grants are between £500 and £1,000. Trustees meet quarterly.
Chapman Charitable Trust
Increasing accessibility of the arts, especially for young people, is one of the key themes of this trust, which awards grants of £1,000 to £2,000 to UK registered charities operating in certain parts of the UK including Cambridgeshire.
Grants of up to £5,000 are available to registered charities under two themes:
- Arts: Nurturing Young Professionals – to improve opportunities for young professionals working creatively in the arts at an early stage in their careers.
- Conservation: Objects and Works of Art – to support the conservation of important works of art and objects that are being lost through the lack of funds to look after these works.
Deadlines for 2021/22 will be published at the end of November 2020.
Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation
Funding is available to not-for-profit organisations for arts, culture and heritage projects that make a real and ongoing difference to people’s lives in the UK.
D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust
UK registered charities can apply for £500 to £5,000 for projects or core costs on various themes including advancement of the arts. This includes arts for young people, the elderly, special needs and those on the fringes of society.
John Ellerman Foundation
Grants of at least £10,000 for small to medium-sized charities in the UK working in three themes including the Arts. This encompasses regional museums and galleries plus the performing arts – mainly theatre, music and dance, along with other performing art forms if the organisation and its work are exceptional. Most grants are for two or three years. The Foundation normally supports core funding but grants for projects are also available.
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