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.
  • National Lottery Project Grants £1,000 to £100,000 for arts, museums and libraries projects (individuals and organisations). Previously, grants under £15,000 received a quicker response; now that threshold has moved to £30,000. See the Let’s Create strategy for information on the underlying funding strategy (effective from 22 November 2021).
  • Project Grants: Supporting Grassroots Live Music £1,000 to £40,000 for to grassroots music venues and promoters to present live music programming, and for activities that put them in a better position to deliver their work in the long term. This fund is expected to close on 31 March 2022.
  • Culture Recovery Fund: Emergency Resource Support Round 2 of this COVID-response grant scheme for cultural organisations is open from 29 November until 28 January 2022 (“permission to apply” requests by 11 January). Grants of up to £3m are available to cultural organisations that were previously solvent but are at risk due to the impacts of COVID-19.
  • 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

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”. Funding can cover capital, project or core costs, and can include projects to promote financial and/or environmental efficiency and reduce carbon footprints.
  • Small Grants Scheme £1,000 to £10,000 for charities with an annual turnover of less than £150,000. The focus is on grants for “core costs or essential equipment, to enable ongoing service provision, homeworking, or delivery of online digital services to charities that can show financial stability.”

Esmee Fairbairn Foundation

“Creative, Confident Communities” is one of three themes for this fund, which has awarded grants of at least £30,000 for charitable projects and core costs (but not capital costs) in the UK. Most grants are for three or more years. Organisations must have a regular annual turnover of at least £100,000. The Creative, Confident Communities theme references “equality of access to arts and culture” – find out more here.

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

The nine 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, but grants of over £100,000 would typically only go to organisations with an annual income over £1 million.

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.

The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust

Grants of £1,000 to £5,000 to registered charities for projects focusing on the Arts. The maximum varies across multiple grant rounds and according to the size of the charity.

Radcliffe Trust

Grants of £2,500 to £7,500 for charities and other non-profit organisations working in the fields of classical music performance (especially for children) and heritage and crafts. Deadlines are 31 January and 31 July.

The Rayne Foundation

One of the themes of this Foundation is “arts as a tool to achieve social change”. It awards grants of £10,000 to £20,000 per year for up to three years, with match funding required. The funding is primarily for project costs, including salaries. Core costs will be considered where an organisation is making a step-change in how it operates or to tackle a particular issue. Capital costs, one-off events and brand new organisations are ineligible.

The Finnis Scott Foundation

Grants of up to £10,000 for registered charities, CICs and school PTAs. One of its two themes is “Fine art and art history – support for organisations which promote the exhibition, conservation or study of the art of previous centuries.

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. Deadlines are three times per year.

Ashley Family Foundation

Arts, Rural and Community are three of the Ashley Family Foundation‘s five themes, which funds registered charities. Other non-profit organisations can also be funded via a registered charity. 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.

Ragdoll Foundation

Grants of up to £20,000 to arts, cultural and youth-focused organisations working with children and young people in the UK through the arts, artists and creative media. Short- and long-term projects are considered. Match funding is required; the Foundation expects to fund between 30% to 80% of total project costs. Its Small Grants scheme offer up to £1,500 with no match funding requirement.

Theatres Trust: Theatre Improvement Scheme

Grants up to £20,000 are available to UK theatres run by charities and not-for-profit groups. The theme is improving environmental sustainability. Building and equipment costs are eligible.

Youth Music Network

Grants of £2,000 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 up to £2,000 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. There are normally three rounds of funding per year.

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.

Elephant Trust

Grants up to £2,000 for artists and small organisations and galleries, to help them complete projects when frustrated by a lack of funds. There are normally four deadlines each year.

Split Infinitive

Grants of £250 to £750 for individuals and organisations for projects that support live and performance arts, and arts education. This fund is currently closed as a result of the pandemic.

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 of £1,000 to £5,000 for charities, CICs limited by guarantee and registered societies for projects around various themes including the visual and performing arts. Funding is for equipment and materials and not salaries, except for bursaries for training.

Steel Charitable Trust

Grants of £10,000 to £25,000 for UK registered charities (but not CICs) 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. Funding is unrestricted, and the trust has long-standing relationships with many of its recipients. The trustees meet twice a year, usually in January and July.

Golsoncott Foundation

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.

Idlewild Trust

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.

D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust

UK registered charities can apply for £500 to £6,000 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.

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 denise@bwct.org.

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