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Open arts funding schemes

The Adnams Community Trust

Grants are available for schools and charitable not-for-profit organisations working within a 25 mile radius of Southwold for activities that benefit local residents.  Funding is intended to support projects and work in the following areas: education, health and social welfare, arts, recreation, buildings and community facilities and environment and conservation.

Grants of between £100 and £2,500 are available. Applications can be submitted at any time. Get more information on the Adnams website.

Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation

This Foundation aims to promote culture, heritage and the arts for the public benefit.  Priority will be given to projects that enable people to develop skills and careers in heritage and in all areas of the performing arts (music, dance and drama) but other areas will be considered.

Funding is at the discretion of the Trustees. Not-for-profit organisations, including charities, companies and community trusts, based and operating within the UK, are eligible to apply.  Get more information on the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation website.

Arts Council England: National Lottery project grants

This is an open-access programme for arts, museums and libraries projects (arts projects taking place in libraries). Grants of between £1,000 and £100,000 are available.

Individuals and organisations can apply. The funding can support projects lasting up to a maximum of three years. Get more information on the Arts Council website.

Arts Council England: Developing your creative practice fund

This fund is designed to support independent creative practitioners. Individual artists and/or creative practitioners in England can apply for between £2,000 and £10,000 to take a dedicated period of time to focus on their own creative development and propel them to the next stage in their practice.  Get deadlines and more information on the Arts Council website

Arts and Culture Fund for North Norfolk 

North Norfolk District Council’s Arts and Culture Fund offers grants of up to £2,500 to voluntary and community organisations whose project is based within North Norfolk. The fund is available for projects that predominately support the health and wellbeing of North Norfolk residents.

Applications can be made to the fund at any time. Get more information on the North Norfolk District Council website.

Arts Impact Fund

Repayable loan finance between £150,000 and £600,000 is available to arts organisations. Funding is available for various needs, including, for example: buying or refurbishing a building, purchasing equipment, paying for salaries or services or funding for a tour or exhibition. Get more information on the Arts & Culture Finance website.

Barbara Whatmore Charitable Trust

This Trust offers grants to registered charities working in the UK for: schemes or bursaries for classical music education, conservation and crafts training, education projects in museums, the theatre and poetry and conservation of endangered historic artefacts, the natural heritage environment or historic or natural collections.

Funding is at the discretion of the Trustees, most grants are between £1,000 and £3,500.

Applications can be received at any time but must be received by 15 March or 15 September to be considered at the April or October meeting. The Trust does not have a website. To get more information contact Denise Gardiner by emailing denise@bwct.org.

Basil Samuel Charitable Trust

UK registered charities can apply for grants to support projects for medical needs, social care, education and cultural activities.

Funding is available at the discretion of the Trustees. Most grants are in the range of £1,000 to £5,000.

This Trust does not have a website. Applications must be made in writing, contact:

Basil Samuel Charitable Trust
c/o Smith and Williamson
25 Moorgate
London
EC2R 6AY

Telephone: 020 7131 4376

BFI Production and Development funding

The British Film Institute (BFI) provides funding for feature film development and production, including the following funds:

  • Young Audiences Content Fund
  • Short Form Animation Funding
  • Development funding
  • Production funding
  • Documentary funding
  • International co-production funding
  • Completion funding

Get more information on the British Film Institute website.

Big Lottery Fund (BIG) Reaching Communities programme

The Big Lottery Fund (BIG) is currently accepting applications to its Reaching Communities programme. The fund provides grants of £10,000 upwards for up to five years for projects that help people and communities who are most in need, and can really make a difference.

Organisations that can apply for funding include: registered charities, voluntary or community groups, statutory bodies, (including Town Councils and Schools) and charitable or not-for-profit companies.

There is a two-stage application process. Applications can be made at any time. Get more information on the Big Lottery Fund website.

BlueSpark Foundation

This Foundation is a registered charity which supports the education and development of children and young people by providing grants for educational, cultural, sporting and other projects.

Funding is at the discretion of the Trustees and almost all are under £5,000. Applications can be submitted at any time. Get more information on the BlueSpark Foundation website.

Charles Hayward Foundation

Grants are available to UK registered charities for projects in the following categories: heritage and conservation, social and criminal justice, overseas and older people.

The Foundation offers small grants of up to £7,000 and main grants between £10,000 - £50,000. Get more information on the Charles Hayward Foundation website.

Clore Duffield Foundation

Grants are available to UK registered charities in support of the cultural sector in the UK. Support is also occasionally available to the health and social care sectors. The Foundation concentrates its support on cultural learning, creating learning spaces within arts and heritage organisations, leadership training for the cultural and social sectors, social care, and enhancing Jewish life.

Grants range from £10,000 to sums in excess of £1m.  Applications can be made at any time. Get more information on the Clore Duffield Foundation website.

Coral Samuel Charitable Trust

This Trust provides grants to UK registered charities carrying out educational, welfare and cultural projects.

Funding is at the discretion of the Trustees. Previous grants have been for between £1,000 and £25,000.

The Trust does not have a website or email address, contact the trust in writing to get more information:

Coral Samuel Charitable Trust
Smith & Williamson
25 Moorgate
London
EC2R 6AY

Telephone: 020 71314376

Dance and Drama Awards (DADA)

You could get a Dance and Drama Award (DaDA) to help with fees and living costs at one of 17 private dance and drama schools. Apply direct to the dance and drama school you want to go to and tell them you want to apply for a DaDA. You must be aged 16 to 23 and show talent and a likelihood to succeed in the industry. The amount you get depends on your household income and where you live and study. Get more information on the GOV.UK website.

The David and Elaine Potter Foundation

This foundation provides grants to registered charities in the UK and abroad for projects in the following categories: education, civil society, research, human rights and the arts. The trustees are interested in lasting social change.

Past grants range from several hundred pounds to up to £2m.

The grant application process has two stages – a letter of enquiry and an application, applications can be made at any time. Get more information on the David and Elaine Potter Foundation website.

Diss Town Council - Community Grants

This Community Grants scheme aims to support local voluntary and community groups whose work directly benefits local residents. The scheme provides one off Project grants and annual Operational grants. Applications are accepted from voluntary and not-for-profit organisations located in Diss.

There are two application deadlines each year on 31 January and 31 July. Get more information on the Diss Town Council website.

D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust

Grants are available for UK registered charities working in the UK in the areas of the arts, health and medical welfare and improvement or protection of the environment.

Grants generally range from £500 to £5,000. The Trustees usually consider applications three times a year in March, July and November. Get more information on the D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust website.

East Coast Community Fund

Grants are available to local not-for-profit groups, parish and town councils, and local authorities for community projects that benefit the coastal communities of the Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and North Norfolk coasts.

Two levels of grants are available: Small grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 and Main grants of between £5,001 and £50,000. There are two application rounds each year. Get more information on the Grantscape website.

Edge Creative Enterprise Fund

This programme provides capital and mentoring skills to stimulate growth and innovation within creative businesses.

Levels of investments are unspecified and will be offered according to demonstrated need and business potential. Get more information on the Edge Creative Enterprise Fund website.

The Elephant Trust

Grants are available to artists, small organisations and galleries within the UK to make it possible for artists and those presenting their work to undertake and complete projects when frustrated by lack of funds.

Grants are usually limited to £2,000, but larger grants up to £5,000 may be considered. There are normally four deadlines each year. Get more information on the Elephant Trust website.

Esmee Fairbairn Trust

Esmee Fairbairn aims to improve the quality of life throughout the UK. They do this by funding the charitable activities of organisations that have the ideas and ability to achieve change for the better. The Main Funds cover four areas of interest: the arts, education and learning, the environment and enabling disadvantaged people to participate fully in society.

There is a two-stage application process. First stage applications can be made at any time. Get more information on the Esmee Fairbairn Trust website.

The February Foundation

Grants are available to UK registered charities for a range of charitable projects, particularly the relief of those in need by reason of youth, age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage; and for the advancement of education and of the arts, culture, and heritage.

Funding is at the discretion of the trustees but the average award is £5,000. Applications will be accepted at any time. Get more information on the February Foundation website.

Fidelio Charitable Trust

Grant funding to help individuals (over school age) and groups of exceptional ability in the UK that would not otherwise be able to carry out an artistic project or activity without financial support. Applicants must be recommended by an appropriate person in an institution, college, arts festival or other arts organisation that can vouch for their abilities.

The Trust welcomes applications in support of the Arts, in particular particularly for Music, including Opera, Lieder, Composition and Dance.

For application deadlines and to get more information go to the Fidelio Charitable Trust website.

The Finnis Scott Foundation

Grants are available for UK registered charities working in the areas of horticulture and plant sciences, as well as art and art history.

The Trustees will only usually consider grants of between £500 and £10,000. The Foundation makes grants to both UK charities and individuals. Get more information on the Finnis Scott Foundation website.

Foyle Foundation Small Grants Programme

Through its Small Grants Programme, grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are available to smaller charities in the UK, especially those working at grass roots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities. Applicants will need to demonstrate that the grant will make a significant difference to their work. Applications can be made at any time. Get more information on the Foyle Foundation website.

Garfield Weston Foundation

This Foundation helps small, local community organisations and covers a wide range of charitable activity, including: education, arts, health, environment, community, youth, religion and welfare.

Grants of up to £50,000 are available. Get more information on the Garfield Weston Foundation website.

Golsoncott Foundation

Grants are available to voluntary sector organisations in the UK for projects that promote fine arts and music.

Grants vary but they are unlikely to exceed £5,000. Get more information on the Golsoncott Foundation website.

Google Grants

The Google Grants UK programme supports organisations sharing Google’s philosophy of community service to help the world in areas such as science and technology, education, global public health, the environment, youth advocacy, and the arts. Designed for registered charities, Google Grants provides free advertising on Google AdWords, to charities seeking to inform and engage their constituents online. Get more information on the Google website.

Henry Moore Foundation

Grants to support exhibitions, exhibition catalogues, commissions, conferences, research, post-doctoral research fellowships, publications, and the development of collections through acquisitions, conservation, cataloguing and display related to sculpture. The Foundation offers a range of grants the maximum grant is £20,000 but most grants are for less.

Art galleries, museums and institutions concerned with art and art history, including UK universities can apply. Get application deadlines and more information on the Henry Moore Foundation website.

The Hinrichsen Foundation

Funding is available to support organisations and individuals undertaking projects to promote music, particularly contemporary music, in the UK. There are no stated minimum or maximum amounts. Applications are currently being accepted for grants at a modest level.

Individuals, organisations and charities in the UK are eligible to apply. Get application deadlines and more information on the Hinrichsen Foundation website.

Japan Society Small Grants Programme

Educational establishments such as schools and colleges as well as community based organisations that wish to develop projects and events related to Japan and Japanese culture are able to apply for funding through their Small Grants programme. The awards support projects with an education or youth focus. Most awards are of £1,000 or less. Applications may be made at any time. Get more information on the Japan Society website.

MeWe 360º Incubator

A business incubator and venture fund for entrepreneurs in the arts and creative industries which aims to identify and develop creative talent from around the country and incubate associated new businesses.

Through its venture arm it will invest up to £200,000 in five promising new projects. It is currently seeking talented artists, designers, digital media entrepreneurs and others from across the creative spectrum for development and investment. Get more information on the MeWe 360º website.

Morrisons Foundation Charitable Grants

Charities registered in the UK can apply for grants from the Morrisons Foundation. The Foundation is looking to award approximately £2m a year for community projects that improve people's lives. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and there is no specific grant amount. Get more information on the Morrisons Foundation website.

Music for All – Music in the Community

This grants programme aims to give a helping hand to projects and initiatives across the UK that are seeking to bring music to their community. The funding is for UK-based groups, schools and organisations.

Funding is at the discretion of the charity and are typically around £2,500. Get application deadlines and more information on the Music for All website.

North Norfolk Big Society Fund

The North Norfolk Big Society Fund is provided and administered by North Norfolk District Council. Funding is available for local projects and activities that improve or support the social and economic wellbeing of North Norfolk and its communities.

Grants of up to £15,000 will be awarded. Applications are accepted at any time. Get more information on the North Norfolk District Council website.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation

The mission of this Foundation is to help people overcome disadvantage and lack of opportunity, so that they can realise their potential and enjoy fulfilling and creative lives. They have a particular interest in supporting young people and a strong belief in the importance of the arts.

They administer several funding programmes. Get more information on the Paul Hamlyn Foundation website.

PRS Foundation

The PRS Foundation invests in the future of music by supporting talent development and new music across the UK; enabling songwriters and composers of all backgrounds to realise their potential and reach audiences across the world. They administer several funds both for organisations and individuals. Get more information on the PRS Foundation website.

Radcliffe Trust

Funding is available for UK registered charities working in the areas of music, especially chamber music, composition and music education, or in heritage and crafts.

Grants are generally in the region of £1,000 to £5,000.  Registered charities, exempt organisations and not-for-profit organisations that are based in the UK are eligible to apply. The deadlines are the 31 January and 31 July. Get more information on the Radcliffe Trust website.

Ragdoll Foundation Open Grant Scheme

This Open Grant scheme supports non-profit organisations working with children and young people using the arts and creative media.

Grants of up to £50k are available but the majority of grants awarded are likely to be in the region of £5k to £30k. Organisations can apply for both one-off short-term projects and for projects lasting up to three years. Get more information on the Ragdoll Foundation website.

The Rayne Foundation

Grants are available to charitable and not-for-profit organisations based and working in the UK to support activities that bring clear and direct benefits to vulnerable and disadvantaged people and address the foundations areas of special interest: young people’s improved mental health, arts as a tool to achieve social change and improved quality of life for carers and for older people.

Grants typically range from £10,000 to £20,000 per year for up to three years.

The fund has a two-stage application process, applications may be submitted at any time. Get more information on the Rayne Foundation website.

Saracen's Norfolk Fund

The Saracen’s Norfolk Fund aims to support projects led by local people, which aim to enhance quality of life in small rural communities within the district of South Norfolk, by improving access to support, services and opportunities, and the provision of good quality community facilities.

Grants up to a maximum of £5,000 are available. Charitable, community and voluntary groups based or clearly operating in South Norfolk can apply. Get more information on the Norfolk Community Foundation website.

Split Infinitive Trust

The Trust's main area of interest is in supporting live and performance arts, in general and in education.

Average grants fall between £250 and £750 and are at the trustees’ discretion. They may be awarded to individuals or to organisations for specific projects. Applications may be submitted at any time. Get more information on the Split Infinitive Trust website.

The Steel Charitable Trust Grants

Grants of between £1,000 and £25,000 are made to registered charities in the UK within the areas of: arts and culture, environment, health, education and supporting the disadvantaged. Applications can be made at any time. Get more information on the Steel Charitable Trust website.

Tesco Bags of Help Programme

The Tesco Bags of Help Programme is funded by Tesco customers from the proceeds of the 5p charge for plastic carrier bags. Three local community projects will be voted on in Tesco stores each month across 200 regions throughout Great Britain. In each region, the project that received the most votes from all stores in their region will receive a grant of up to £5,000, second placed up to £2,000 and third placed up to £1,000.

The funding is for projects which deliver improvements to the physical environment and/or encourage the use and long-term stability of outdoor spaces. A range of not-for-profit organisations can apply. Applications will be accepted at any time. Get more information on the Tesco Community Grants website.

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation

Funding is available to support the work of local and national charities or not-for-profit organisations that address rural issues and urban deprivation within the UK. The Trust are interested in helping established projects which work in the fields of community support and arts, education & heritage

There are three grants schemes awarding grants of between £6,000 and £45,0000. Get deadlines and more information on the Trusthouse Charitable Foundation website.

Tudor Trust

This Trust particularly wants to help smaller, community-led organisations that work directly with people who are at the margins of society, and support positive changes in people’s lives and in their communities. Grants can go towards core organisational costs, projects, buildings/ equipment and grants to help strengthen your organisation.

You can apply at any time, and there is no minimum or maximum amount. Get more information on the Tudor Trust website.

The Valerie White Memorial Trust

The Valerie White Memorial Trust provides grants to charitable organisations and individuals in the UK. Grants for animal welfare projects in the UK and drama students under the age of 25 years.

Funding is at the discretion of the Trustees. Previous grants have been for up to £1,750. To get more information on The Valerie White Memorial Trust contact info@carley.co.uk.

Virgin Start Up

 “Virgin Start Up” will provide loans of up to £25,000 to young people (aged 18 – 30) in England who want to start or expand their business. Applicants will initially have to register on the Virgin Start Up website and will then be contacted by one of the schemes partners to discuss the applicant’s plans and support required. Smaller loans of up to £1,000 are also available to test a business idea.

Applications can be submitted at any time. Get more information on the Virgin Start Up website.

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