Latest arts funding news

The Weavers' Company Grants Programme

The Weavers' Company, a textile-related, charitable and sociable organisation, has announced that the next closing date for its grants programme is the 30th November 2016. Organisations must normally be registered charities or in the process of applying for registration. The Weaver's Company Benevolent Fund supports projects working with disadvantaged young people (aged 5 to 30 years) to ensure that they are given every possible chance to meet their full potential and to participate fully in society. The Fund also aims to help young people at risk of criminal involvement to stay out of trouble and assist in the rehabilitation of offenders, particularly young offenders both in prison and after release.

Grants are usually no more than £15,000 per annum, and to make sure grants of this size have an impact, we will not fund large organisations. To be eligible for funding, local organisations such as those working in a village, estate or small town should normally have an income of less than £100,000. Those working across the UK should normally have an income of not more than £250,000.

Closing Date: 30 November 2016

Marah Heritage Crafts Trainer Award

This scheme is part of a suite of awards and bursaries that give recognition to those working in the field of traditional skills. This awards scheme celebrates and highlights traditional living crafts that contribute to the national heritage of the United Kingdom. This may include crafts such as weaving, wood turning, basket making, furniture making and upholstery, shoe making, metal, stone and clay crafts, embroidery, knitting and lace making, lettering and boat building.

This award is worth £1,000 and is offered to trainers in a broad sense. The award winner may be anyone from a teacher, tutor, workshop leader, master or a craftsperson who offers one-to-one advice. This trainer may be delivering anything from taster sessions for beginners up to masterclasses for professionals.

Awards and bursaries are available for craftspeople, recognising the value of traditional skills. The purpose of this award is to ensure that high standard traditional crafts skills are passed through generations, helping to influence the number and quality of skilled craftspeople within the United Kingdom. Funding is provided by the Marsh Christian Trust. Trainers are permitted to nominate themselves or else be nominated by a trainee, craft guild or membership organisation.

Interested parties should download the appropriate nomination from the Heritage Crafts Association website. Once completed, the form should be returned by or before the stated deadline. Applicants are advised to not send any additional information such as leaflets and CVs. The awards will be presented at the Heritage Crafts Association's Annual Conference on Saturday 6 May 2017. This conference will take place in London and the winner will be presented with a certificate and a cheque. Finalists will also be presented with certificates.

Closing Date: 30 November 2016

BBC Children in Need – Small Grants Programme

Not for profit organisations such as such schools; registered charities; voluntary organisations; churches; and community interest groups; etc. can apply for grants of up to £10,000 through the BBC Children in Need Small Grants programme. The grants are available for projects that help:

  • Children and young people experiencing illness, distress, abuse or neglect
  • Any kind of disability; behavioural or psychological difficulties'
  • And / or living in situations of deprivation.

Closing Date: 1 December 2016

Spaces 4 Change Do It Awards

UnLtd, the charity for Social Entrepreneurs, has announced, that young people between the ages of 16 and 24 can now apply for a package of funding from the Spaces for Change "Do It Awards". The programme will support young people to start and run social ventures that unlock the potential of unused or under-utilised spaces for the benefit of the local community, especially other young people. The programme is offering 100 awards between 2016 and 2019 of between £501 and £5,000 project funding. In addition, young people will receive the support of a dedicated award manager, cohort support and peer to peer networking opportunities for sharing knowledge and learning. Anyone over the age of 18 who applies must be willing to crowdfund a minimum of £100 via Spacehive.

Closing Date: 10 December 2016

Woodward Charitable Trust’s Main Grants Scheme

The Trust has two funding rounds per year. The Autumn round is now open for application from UK registered charities with an annual income of less than £300,000.

The Trust offers the following grants:

  • Small grants of between £100 and £5,000 (around 100 grants are made per year).
  • Large grants of over £5,000 (around five grants are made per year and these are usually awarded to charities already known to the Trustees).

Applicants should be aware that less than 15% of the applications received are successful.

Applications must be in support of the following activities:

  • Children and young people who are isolated, at risk of exclusion or involved in anti-social behavior.
  • Prisoners and ex-offenders. Projects that help the rehabilitation and resettlement of prisoners and/or ex-offenders are supported as well as requests to help prisoners’ families
  • Disadvantaged women, covering refuges, domestic violence and parenting.
  • Disability projects, which can include rehabilitation and training for people who are either physically disabled or learning disabled.
  • Arts outreach work by local groups involving disadvantaged people.
  • Projects that promote integration and community cohesion amongst minority groups, including refugees and travellers.

The Trustees favour small-scale, locally based initiatives.

Closing Date: 16 December 2016

Co-op Local Community Fund

Small, locally based voluntary and community groups including registered charities, small charities registered with the HMRC for tax, CASCs, churches that are ‘excepted’ charities, scout and guide groups can apply for grants to support projects which benefit the local communities around Co-op food stores and funeral homes. No minimum or maximum amount of funding is specified but in the past applicants have received grants of up to £2,500.

To be eligible, the main activities of a project must:

  • Take place in the UK or Isle of Man.
  • Not finish before October 2017.
  • Meet the Co-operatives values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity. (In the tradition of their founders, Co-operative members believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others.)

Eligible projects will also make the best use of the funding available to create the greatest possible benefit for their community.

The Co-op anticipates funding three projects in each of around 1,500 local communities across the UK and Isle of Man.

Closing Date: 16 December 2016

Power to Change Community Business Fund

Power to Change, which supports community businesses, has announced that its Community Business Fund has re-opened for applications. Power to Change will be awarding grants between £50,000- £300,000 to support and develop Community Businesses in England. Funding is available to community businesses that:

  • Are based in their community
  • Are locally controlled
  • Trade for the benefit of the local community
  • Address challenges within their community.
  • To be eligible for funding applicants need to be incorporated (rather than as a collection of individuals) and funding will be available for both capital and revenue costs.

Closing Date: 16 December 2016

Creative England Production Fund

The next deadline for applying to the Creative England Production Fund is the 30th December 2016. The fund supports the production of feature films of all genres (including documentaries). Priority will be given to projects from regionally-based directors- both first/second time feature directors and more established directors looking to experiment with new approaches. The project must be capable of: being a feature-length film for theatrical release; obtaining theatrical and video release certificates no more restrictive than BBFC 18; and qualify for certification as a British Film. Projects with a budget of more than £500,000 will not be supported and typically funding will fall within the £50,000-£100,000 range per film. To apply the applicant must be a company registered in the UK, EU or European Economic Area and have a good track record of film production.

Closing Date: 30 December 2016

EDP Community Chest

The Eastern Daily Press has £100,000 to give away to community groups in 2016.

Whether it’s a youth club, playgroup, lunch club, a scout or guide group, a healthcare club – anyone can apply for money to help a project from the Community Chest giveaway, which is in association with the Norfolk Community Foundation.

Amounts from £250 to £2500 will be available in monthly giveaways through the whole year, and any not-for-profit group in the EDP circulation area of Norfolk, North Suffolk and east Cambridgeshire is eligible to enter.

To put yourself in line for a cash boost for your community group, all you need to do is collect tokens printed daily in the EDP, which will start in January. When you have 500, you can put in your application which will be judged by a team of “dragons”.

Closing Date: 31 December 2016

War Memorials Grant Scheme

The War Memorials Trust is providing grants 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, with a maximum grant of £30,000.

Closing Date: 31 December 2016

Wolfson Foundation Secondary Education Programme

The Wolfson Foundation's has announced that the next stage 1 application deadline for funding through its Secondary Education Programme is the 10th January 2017. High-achieving state-funded and independent schools and sixth form colleges can apply to the Foundation for funding for capital or equipment projects relating to the teaching of science and technology, languages, music, the arts or libraries. Grants do not normally exceed £50,000 for schools or £100,000 for sixth form colleges. Projects should focus on students taking A-Level or GCSE examinations.

The Wolfson Foundation has a two stage application process. Stage 1 applications should be submitted via their online application form. If approved, schools will invite you to submit a stage 2 application.

Closing Date: 10 January 2017

National Centre for Circus Arts Lab:time

The National Centre for Circus Arts has announced that the next round of its Lab:time programme is will re-open for applications on the 1st December 2016. Lab:time is the Centre for Circus Arts programme for innovation and experimentation in the Circus Arts and is funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. Through Lab:time individual artists and companies are able to secure research and development time in the Creation Studio at the National Centre for Circus Arts, as well as small but significant amounts of seed funding to support the first stages of exploration. It is hoped that by offering artists the means to explore their ideas at the very beginning of the creative process critical mass of creative development will be generated that will, over time, generate an increase in the quality and quantity of new circus-based performance across the UK.

Closing Date: 12 January 2017

BBC Children in Need Main Grant Programme

Grants of over £10,000 per project are available to not for profit organisations that work with young people who are experiencing disadvantage through:

  • Illness, distress, abuse or neglect
  • Any kind of disability
  • Behavioural or psychological difficulties
  • And / or living in poverty or situations of deprivation.

Closing Date: 13 January 2017

The Elephant Trust

The Elephant Trust has announced that the next deadline for applications is the 16th January 2017. The Trust offers grants to artists and for new, innovative visual arts projects based in the UK. 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 now being given to artists and small organisations and galleries who should submit well argued, imaginative proposals for making or producing new work or exhibitions. Arts Festivals are not supported.

The Trust normally awards grants of up to £2,000, but larger grants may be considered.

Closing Date: 16 January 2017

The Fidelio Trust

The Fidelio Trust has announced that the next closing date for applications is the 1st February 2017. The Trust offers grants of up to £5,000 in support of the Arts, in particular the dramatic and operatic arts, music, speech 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. Funding is available towards:

  • Tuition or coaching costs
  • To participate in external competitions
  • To be supported for a specially arranged performance
  • To receive support for a special publication, musical composition or work of art.

Closing Date: 1 February 2017

Idlewild Trust

The Idlewild Trust has announced that the next closing date for applications to its grant making programme is the 16th February 2017. The Idlewild Trust is a grant making trust that supports registered charities concerned with improving opportunities for young professionals working creatively in the arts, particularly at an early stage in their careers; and supporting the conservation of important works of art and objects that are being lost through the lack of funds to look after these works. The Trust awards around £120,000 each year in grants and makes grants of up to £5,000.

Closing Date: 16 February 2016

GALAXY Hot Chocolate Fund

Food manufacturer, Mars has announced that its GALAXY Hot Chocolate Fund will re-open for applications on the 7th November 2016. Every week, until 26th February 2017, the Fund will be looking to help local community groups, schools and charities across the UK and Ireland by awarding five £300 cash awards a week. Each organisation can only enter once. Four of these will be awarded by a judges' panel. There will also be a People's Choice Award every week which will be awarded to the entry with the most votes in any given week.

Closing Date: 26 February 2017

The Peter Cruddas Foundation

Registered charities as well as organisations and individuals supported by registered charities can apply for funding through the Peter Cruddas Foundation for projects benefit disadvantaged and disengaged young people in the UK. The Foundation gives priority to programmes calculated to help disadvantaged and disengaged young people in England and Wales towards pathways into education, training and employment through charitable organisations. There are no minimum or maximum grants and projects can be funded for more than one year. Please note that the Foundation is not accepting applications for Capital Projects.

Closing Date: 1 March 2017

The William & Jane Morris Fund

The William and Jane Morris Fund is open to applications from churches, chapels and other places of worship built before 1896. The Fund offers grants of between £500 - £3,000 towards work concerned with the conservation of decorative features such as stained glass windows; sculpture; furniture; internal monuments and tombs; and wall paintings; etc. The decorative feature, monument, etc must be dated before 1896 (the date of William Morris's death). Applications for features dated after 1896, even if they are in churches dated before 1896, are not eligible.

Closing Date: 31 March 2017

Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation Grant Programme

The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation has announced that the next applications deadline for its grants making programme is the 31st March 2017. Through its grant making programme cultural organisations, universities and schools; etc that wish to develop links with Japan and Japanese schools are able to apply for funding. The Foundation's grants average £1,500 to £2,000 and do not normally exceed £5,000-£6,000 for larger-scale projects. 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 the between the UK and Japan between by teachers and young people and the teaching and development of Japanese language and cultural studies in schools.

Closing Date: 31 March 2017


The registered charity, Concertina which makes grants of up to £250 to charitable bodies which provide musical entertainment and related activities for the elderly has announced that the next deadline for applications is the 30th April 2017. The charity is particular keen to support smaller organisations which might otherwise find it difficult to gain funding. Concertina has made grants to a wide range of charitable organisations nationwide in England and Wales. These include funds to many care homes for the elderly to provide musical entertainment for their residents.

Closing Date: 30 April 2017

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