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Funding

Sadly, our own funding is drawing to a close – our last ever schemes are now open for applications on Hiive. But while it's an incredibly tough time for arts funding, there is support out there. We've pulled together a list of some of what's available to help you get your project off the ground. Good luck!

Multi discipline

AIM Start Ups
Deadline(s): Ongoing

The spiel: “AIM for Success - Supporting creative startups”

A programme designed to help creative entrepreneurs off to a good start with a new business. With a low interest loan they will be able to cover their start-up costs, and attending training and workshops will give them valuable insight into launching a business. Applicants will receive help and support from the very first steps with perfecting their business plan through their first year of operating their business. The loan is strictly for startup activities and cannot be issued for expansion of an existing business that has been trading for more than 12 months.

 

ARS Electronica - International Competition for Cyberarts
Deadline(s): March

The spiel: “an interdisciplinary platform for everyone who uses the computer as a universal medium for implementing and designing their creative projects at the interface of art, technology and society.”

What they fund: Ars Electronica’s competition recognizes the growing significance of digital art.  There are five specialist categories from Computer Animation to Hybrid Art, as well as a category for those under 19.

 

Artsadmin
Deadline(s): Ongoing

The spiel: “Whatever the project, what excites us is helping artists make work that is inventive, unusual, and often extraordinary.”

What they fund: Artsadmin provide a range of resources for young artists, from their Youth Board, which puts artists aged 16 to 25 at the centre of funding and programming decisions, to their bursary scheme, which provides all the practical extras that will help you accomplish your creative aims.


Arts & Humanities Research Council
Deadline(s): Ongoing

The spiel: “supports world-class research that furthers our understanding of human culture and creativity.”

What they fund: With its obviously academic angle, the Arts & Humanities Research Council’s website is an excellent first port of call for those embarking on postgraduate study in the arts. They offer research funding opportunities which include opportunities in knowledge exchange and partnerships, and international research.
 

Arts Council England
Deadline(s): Ongoing

The spiel: “Championing, developing and investing in the arts in England”

What they fund: They may be the subject of many a grumble, but it is important to remember that Arts Council England do provide many opportunities, are dedicated to funding worthy projects that match their long-terms strategies and are constantly fighting to highlight the importance of the arts to our culture.

Alongside their National Portfolio funding programme, ACE also supports the arts in England through a variety of programmes. The Grants for the Arts scheme is a good starting point, offering awards from £1,000 to £100,000. Don’t be put off by the paperwork. Yes, their forms are thorough but they offer you a real opportunity to cement your ambitions. The website also hosts a pool of information and the organisation offer a number of workshops on the subject of funding as part of their policy of transparency.

See our interview with Deborah Williams to find out more about the Arts Council’s application process.


Arts Council of Northern Ireland
Deadline(s): Ongoing

The spiel: ‘Our mission is to place the arts at the heart of our social, economic and creative life’

What they fund: With awards ranging from £500 to £10,000, Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Small Grants scheme is particularly useful for entry-level companies. The organisation also offers incentives for groups looking to tackle sectarianism and racism by engaging local people with artists in the development of public art with their Building Peace through the Arts – Re-Imaging Communities Programme. For young solo musicians in Classical, Jazz and Traditional Music, there is the Young Musician's Platform Award.


Arts Council Wales
Deadline(s): Ongoing

The spiel: “Our vision is of a creative Wales where the arts are central to the life of the nation.”

What they fund: Arts Council Wales offer a variety of grants and awards for individuals and organisations. Starting at £250, these can be ideal for lifting your young idea off the ground and provide a number of resources that will help give you a strong understanding of the managerial side of the arts. Arts Council Wales also support a number of small-scale schemes that are worth a look. For example, if you are a performer looking to tour small venues in Wales, ACW’s Night Out scheme might prove extremely instrumental. Other funding schemes include the International Opportunities Fund and Interest-Free Loans for Artists.

 

Arts Trust Scotland
Deadline(s): August

The spiel: “So you've got a great idea…but you need a little money to take your idea from blank page to reality. Well, we're here to help.

What they fund: Arts Trust Scotland aims to support the artists who fall through the gaps in funding, with a larger view of maintaining the rich culture of the country. A maximum of 40 prizes are awarded every year, each between £500 and £2,000.

 

The Ashley Family Foundation
Deadline(s): Ongoing

The spiel: “The ethos of The Foundation is primarily to strengthen rural communities and encouraging participation in the arts, particularly that of textiles, especially in Wales.

What they fund: The Ashley Family Foundation offers funding to charitable organisations, prioritising requests below £10,000. It’s worth considering that the Foundation is driven by the belief that £500 can make a big difference, so look closely at how you can make the most out of limited fund through innovation and support in mind.

 

Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust
Deadline(s): June and November

The spiel: “The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust awards grants to UK registered charities for projects undertaken in the UK."

What they fund: With a ratio of applications to grants at approximately 20 to 1, The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust is keen to make sure only appropriate applications are being submitted. It’s definitely worth having a good look at the website before starting an application; in response to an excessive amount of application material, the Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust have established strict guidelines to ensure an efficient funding system. The aim is to provide grants to projects that increase access to the arts, such as performances in old people’s homes, education centres and schools.

 

Awards for All
Deadline(s): Ongoing

The spiel:  “[We] help improve local communities and the lives of people most in need”

What they fund: Art for art’s sake is so nineteenth-century. Awards for All offers funding to people who are using the arts to advance a worthy cause. Supported by the National Lottery, Awards for All offer small grants to organisations that want to make a difference. If you want to work with disadvantaged children, minority groups or disabled member of the community, their website is certainly worth a look.

 

Baring Foundation
Deadline(s): Ongoing

The spiel: “Our Purpose is to improve the quality of life of people suffering disadvantage and discrimination.

What they fund: The Baring Foundation explores how the arts can be employed to improve society and so funds are allocated to applications that meet specific aims, such as appealing the experience of elderly individuals or working alongside refugees.

 

Big Lottery Fund
Deadline(s): Ongoing

The spiel: “Over £4.4 billion of funding for good causes”

What they fund: The Big Lottery Fund offers financial support from £300 to local projects, tailored towards supporting the community via a variety of schemes. Once grants have been offered, the organisation provides a programme of support, including guidance on how to publicise your event.


British Council
Deadline(s): Ongoing

The spiel: “Connecting the UK to the world and the world to the UK”

What they fund: Although not a funding body, the British Council plays a very important part in promoting British arts, education and science overseas and is one of the best connected organisations in the UK. With this in mind, the British Council can provide a useful framework for getting your work showcased and they certainly have the network that can give your work some exposure far from your mum’s living room and can certainly raise your exposure. The organisation’s Erasmus+ Programme supports entrepreneurial projects in education, training, youth and sport by young people that take an European angle.


Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Deadline(s): Ongoing

The spiel: “Funding is available to support a small number of truly exceptional ideas and/or projects that contribute to meeting the identified objectives under our three main strategic aims: Cultural Understanding, Fulfilling Potential and Environment.”

What they fund: The competition is strong but the Gulbenkian Foundation offers grants between £10,000 and £30,000. Looking for people who can step outside their comfort zone and act as pioneers, leading the way for other organisations.

 

Carnegie UK Trust
Deadline(s): N/A

The spiel: “[The Trust] has an interest in how the arts can be used as a tool to support social change, to create social capital, and in therapeutic interventions, as well as part of a vibrant enterprising society

What they fund: The Carnegie UK Trust have outlined a strategy defined by two branches: Changing Minds and Changing Lives. While they don’t accept unsolicited grant applications, they do work alongside creatives motivated by social change on specific projects.

 

CidaCo - Creativity, Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Deadline(s): Ongoing

The spiel: “Your success is our success

What they fund: CidaCo is a specialist training and consultancy company that will help your organisation achieve resilience and growth. Their links page contains resources and practical information.

 

Clore Duffield
Deadline(s): Ongoing

The spiel: “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

What they fund: The Foundation has two distinct grant-making strands: the Main Grants Programme and the Small Grants Programme.

 

The Commonwealth Foundation
Deadline(s): Ongoing

The spiel: “Connecting Commonwealth people

What they fund: The Commonwealth Foundation supports projects that link the fifty-four commonwealth member states. Under the cultural initiative, Commonwealth Writers, the foundation has a number of programmes, including their Commonwealth Shorts fund giving emerging writers and directors an opportunity to make a film that highlights issues affecting them and their communities. The Commonwealth Short Story Prize brings stories from new and emerging voices, often from countries with little or no publishing infrastructure, to the attention of an international audience. You don’t need an agent, just an internet connection to submit your unpublished story of 2000-5000 words.

 

Cove Park
Deadline(s): December

The spiel: “The vitality of the arts today, and the contribution they make to society, is based on the ability of artists to make new work on an ongoing basis.”

What they fund: Supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, The Henry Moore Foundation and Creative Scotland, Cove Park awards residencies for visual artists, fiction writers and craftspeople. Artists on residency are given the time, space, freedom and financial support to concentrate on the development of their work. It is located on 50 acres of unspoilt hillside overlooking Loch Long on Scotland’s west coast.

 

Creative England
Deadline(s): Various

The spiel: “Creative England invests in and supports creative ideas, talent and businesses in film, TV, games and digital media.

What they fund: Creative England provide practical support for film and TV production, organise networking and events, and provide mentoring, information and business advice. Its many film funds are particularly aimed at regional filmmakers, and regional businesses can apply for interest-free loans. There is also a dedicated games fund, GamesLab, with grants up to £25,000.

 

Creative Europe
Deadline(s): Various

The spiel: “giving culture a more prominent role in the European Union.

What they fund:  Creative Europe, a scheme from the European Commission, supports projects with the potential to travel and find audiences beyond their national borders. It includes a Culture sub-programme providing funding for the cultural and creative sectors, and a MEDIA sub-programme which will invest in the cinema and audiovisual sector.

 

Creative Industry Finance
Deadline(s): Ongoing

The spiel: "The programme, run by Arts Council England, provides practical advice, support and loan finance for creative wishing to develop and grow their work as a viable business."

What they fund: Open to all creative from artists, writers, performers, and designers, to producers, promoters, publishers, and innovators, whether working as open to sole-traders, artists, business owners, entrepreneurs, social enterprises or not-for-profits.

Creative content must be at the heart of what you do.

The programme offers up to twelve hours of free sector-specific business support for creative enterprises, as well as the opportunity to access loans from a range of lending partners, starting from £2,500.

 

Creative Scotland
Deadline(s): Ongoing

The spiel: “It’s our job to help Scotland’s creativity shine at home and abroad.”

What they fund: As Scotland’s Arts Council, Creative Scotland promote the advancement of talent, quality artistic production, access, audience development and participation, the cultural economy and places. There are three routes to getting funding from Creative Scotland.

Regular Funding enables organisations to plan and deliver activities with 3 years funding.

Open Project Funding is a fund that supports the arts, screen and creative industries, with projects that help them explore, realise and develop their creative potential, widen access to their work, and enrich Scotland’s reputation as a distinctive creative nation connected to the world. 

Targeted Funding addresses specific activities and development needs in a sector, specialism, and/or geographic area, and can be shaped in response to a sectoral reviews, strategic planning or consultation with external partners.

Cultural Industries Development Agency (CIDA)
Deadline(s): Ongoing

The spiel: “We put the business into creativity”

Wide range of support and professional development for creative individuals, businesses and arts organisations

 

East London - Small Business Centre
Deadline(s): Ongoing

The spiel: “Providing training, advice and loans since 1978”

A London-based, not-for-profit support agency for small businesses providing business advice, training and finance for start-ups and existing businesses.

 

The Elmley Foundation
Deadline(s): Various

The spiel: “The Elmley Foundation is an independent grantmaking charity which supports the arts in the counties of Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

What they fund: Endowed by the late Countess Beauchamp of Madresfield Court near Malvern, the Elmley Foundation supports culture in Herefordshire and Worcestershire. The Foundation is keen to promote the appreciation, knowledge and study of the arts and of artistic achievement in all their forms in these counties. The Foundation’s Small Grants Scheme offers up to £1,000 through two funds, Events & Activities and Arts Equipment.

 

The Ernest Cook Trust
Deadline(s): January & July

The spiel: “The Trust was founded by the philanthropist Ernest Cook… as a result of his foresight and passion for the countryside and the arts.

What they fund: Perfect for green-fingered creatives, The Ernest Cook Trust offers grants to charities and not-for-profit organisations with an aim to engage young people with the countryside and the arts.

 

Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
Deadline(s): Ongoing

The spiel: The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation aims to improve the quality of life throughout the UK.

What they fund: The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation is dedicated to funding organisations who create inventive and challenging works that address a ‘significant gap in provision’ and have scope to influence attitudes. The work must have a direct benefit in the UK and should directly confront an important societal issue.

 

The European Association for Jewish Culture
Deadline(s): October

The spiel: “an independent body established to help create the conditions in which Jewish creativity in Europe can thrive”.

What they fund: The European Association for Jewish Culture funds new work in the visual arts, media, literature and music which addresses Jewish experience. The organisation encourages a diversity of expression within its focus and promotes collaborates across Europe and Israel.


European Cultural Foundation (ECF)
Deadline(s): Various

The spiel: “We initiate and support cultural exchange and creative expression across wider Europe [. . .] because culture inspires, empowers and engages people to create democratic societies.”

What they fund: With an obvious aim to change how we build relationships, the European Cultural Foundation offers a number of awards and grants to organisations across the continent. STEP Beyond Travel Grants may be of particular interest to young artists and practitioners; geared towards emerging artists and practitioners, these grants are aimed at people younger than 35 or in the first 10 years of a creative career. For a quick indication of whether this organisation is for you, take the eligibility test.


Fidelio Charitable Trust
Deadline(s): 1st February, 1st June and 1st October

The spiel: “The Trustees aim to help individuals and groups who would not be able to carry out a project or activity without financial support, particularly those who are at an early stage in their careers.”

What they fund: Here’s a good one for performing artists. The Fidelio Charitable Trust focuses on the dramatic and operatic arts, music, speech and dance. The awards are geared towards exceptionally talented musicians or groups, who have been recommended to the trust by a referee from an institution, college, arts festival or similar organisation. Applications from individuals are not accepted. The trust looks towards further musical education, coaching or competition, commissioned performances or developing a particular artistic piece.

 

Finance South East
Deadline(s): Ongoing

The spiel: “Making impact investments from dedicated funds to support social enterprises and communities

We understand the funding challenges facing emerging and mid-sized companies looking to expand, and we provide funds and support, including mentors where appropriate, to help bridge the funding gap.

 

Finance Yorkshire
Deadline(s): Various

The spiel: “Here to help your business grow

Finance Yorkshire offers seedcorn finance, business loans and equity-linked finance from £15,000 to £2 million for businesses in or relocating to the Yorkshire and the Humber region.

 

Ford Britain Trust
Deadline(s): Various

The spiel: “Working with our local communities to sow the seeds of change.”

What they fund: The Ford Britain Trust funds community projects in the areas near their factories. Currently, registered charities near the manufacturer’s bases in Essex, Bridgend, Southampton and Daventry are eligible to apply. The company also accepts applications from charities that can directly work with Ford workers or their families. There are two types of grants available, small grants of up to £250 are available 4 times a year and large grants up to £3,000 are considered twice a year.


Foyle Foundation
Deadline(s): Ongoing

The spiel: “Our Arts programme has a twofold purpose to help sustain the arts and to support projects that particularly help to deliver artistic vision.”

What they fund: Designed for charity organisations with a turn-over of less than £100,000, The Foyle Foundation’s Small Grants Scheme offers between £1,000 and £10,000 where they believe it will make a big difference to a organisation’s work. The Foundation aims to support specific projects and generally doesn’t fund community work.


Gen Foundation
Deadline(s): February

The spiel: “The aim of the Foundation is to enhance the importance of cross-cultures between Japan and the rest of the world in today's global society.”

What they fund: The Gen Foundation mainly focuses on the sciences but, in exceptional circumstances, the foundation can also fund arts project with a focus on Japan.


Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation
Deadline(s): March, September and December

The spiel: “The Foundation's aim is to develop good relations between the United Kingdom and Japan by advancing the education of the people of both nations in each other's culture, society and achievements.”

What they fund: Because of the high demand for grants in the field of arts and culture, higher priority is given to projects that are innovative, will have a broad impact, show potential for creating new links and which have a strong educational content. Artistic exchanges and residencies are particularly encouraged.


Heritage Lottery Fund
Deadline(s): Ongoing

The spiel: “Valuing our heritage, investing in our future”

What they fund: HLF’s Young Roots programme is designed with those aged 11-25 in mind, awarding grants up to £50,000 with the intention of engaging young people with their heritage.

 

Hubbub
Deadline(s): Ongoing

The spiel: “Crowdfunding for education and social good”

What they fund: Hubbub is a crowdfunding platform for everyone involved in education. Projects can be pretty much anything. Whether a society event, a classroom project, a student enterprise...as long as projects are for the direct benefit of students, Hubbub can help!


Ideas Fund Innovators
Deadline(s): Four per year

WE’VE GOT THE CASH IF YOU’VE GOT THE IDEAS. Every quarter, we offer 10 artists or practitioners £1,000 each to go away and develop a new idea. To be eligible, you need to be aged 16-25 and be prepared to work on your project within the next year.

 

Idlewild Trust
Deadline(s): September/February

The spiel: “The Idlewild Trust is a grant making trust that supports registered charities concerned with the encouragement of the performing and fine arts and crafts [and] the advancement of education within the arts.

What they fund: Most of the applications that the Idlewild Trust receives are for projects in education, the performing arts or preservation. With a large number of applications per allocation, these categories also appear to be the most competitive. Awards are also offered to those working within the visual arts.

 

The Jerwood Foundation
Deadline(s): Ongoing

The spiel: “Imaginative and responsible funding and sponsorship of the arts, education and other areas of human endeavour and excellence”

What they fund: The Jerwood Charitable Foundation spend around £1.5 million per year, most of which goes to individuals or organisations who Jerwood have approached. That said, the charity also fund unsolicited applications and invite prospective artists to discuss any available funding.

 

Lankelly Chase Foundation
Deadline(s): March

The spiel: “The Foundation values the contribution made by the arts to people’s mental, physical and economic health.

What they fund: Lankelly Chase Foundation’s mission is to bring about change to improve the lives of people facing severe and multiple disadvantage. By this we mean people who are experiencing a combination of severe social harms such as homelessness, substance misuse, mental illness, extreme poverty, and violence and abuse. They are especially keen to hear about work led by people with lived experience.


London Councils
Deadline(s): Ongoing

The spiel: “Enabling voluntary organisations deliver better and gain new opportunities for funding"

What they fund: Working on behalf of 32 London Boroughs, London Councils offers grants supporting projects in a number of priority themes such as Homelessness, Sexual & Domestic Violence and Poverty in the local communities.

 

The Mercer’s Company
Deadline(s): Heritage and Arts meetings are held in April and October. Apply 4 weeks before these dates.

The spiel: “a long-standing grant-maker to UK registered charities, as well as charities exempt from registration, maintained schools and churches”.

What they fund: They may only have a ‘modest budget’ but The Mercer’s Company are committed to supporting young professional performers who are beginning their careers. Awards are weighted in favour of Londoners but the Company encourages other centres of excellence to apply.
 

Milton Keynes Community Foundation
Deadline(s): Ongoing

Grants to support a wide range of projects that benefit local people.


NESTA
Deadline(s): Ongoing

The spiel: “Making Innovation Flourish”

NESTA want to see companies using innovation in order to solve some of the country’s major economic and social challenges. Keen to support young problem-solvers, this ‘independent expert’ is currently developing their centre for innovation prizes, which will reward the organisation that ‘can first, or most effectively, meet a defined challenge.’  £250,000 per year has been put aside for this project.
 

North West Fund for Digital & Creative Industries
Deadline(s): Ongoing

The spiel: “Finance to support digital and creative businesses”

The North West Fund provides finance from £50,000 to £2m for businesses based in, or relocating to, the North West of England to start, develop and grow providing a flexible equity package for growth oriented businesses operating within the Digital & Creative sector.

 
Paul Hamlyn Foundation
Deadline(s): Various

The spiel: "Towards a better way"

What they fund: The Paul Hamlyn Foundation has a dedicated arts programme, offering special initiatives and open grants to organisations dedicated to advance a general involvement, enjoyment and experience of the arts. The Foundation’s Awards for Artists welcomes nominations.


The Prince's Trust
Deadline(s): Ongoing

The spiel: “Helping change young lives”

What they fund: The Prince’s Trust offers funding to get you back into education or training, or to support you as you make a positive impact on your community. Under its Enterprise Programme, the Trust also enables people aged 18-30 to try out self-employment, providing advice and start-up loan funding.


The Rayne Foundation
Deadline(s): Ongoing

The spiel: “The Rayne Foundation helps and encourages inspiring individuals and organisations who can help build bridges within our complex world.”

What they fund: The Foundation has a flexible approach in its support of innovative, high quality projects, but is particularly interested in those which are of direct benefit to vulnerable and disadvantaged people or communities. The area of special interest within the Arts sector is arts in deprived communities. 

 

The Sainsbury Family Charity
Deadline(s): Various

The spiel: “The trusts’ donations to charitable causes over several decades represent one of the leading examples of sustained philanthropy in Britain.”

What they fund: Affluent philanthropic family, The Sainsburys, have established 18 trusts focusing on causes from healthcare to conservation. You only need to make one application but it is worth having a look at the five trusts committed to supporting charities working within the arts so that you can – ahem – {taste} the difference.

  • The Monument Trust - For projects in economically depressed areas
  • The Jerusalem Trust - For projects with a Christian focus
  • The Headley Trust - For arts projects with an “outstanding creative importance”
  • The Linbury Trust - Over a third of their grants go to arts organisations. This trust continues to fund the Linbury Prize for Stage Design, which identifies and encourages talented newcomers to the field of theatre design
  • The Alan & Babette Sainsbury Charitable Fund – For arts projects geared towards participation, with a focus on young people, traditional art forms and community-based performing arts venues. 

 

School for Startups
Deadline(s): Ongoing

The spiel: “support entrepreneurs across the world through business training and funding initiatives.

What they fund: Two flagship programmes, School for Creative Startups and Launcher, provide both education, support and funding for entrepreneurs and have allowed thousands of business to get off the ground. Our vibrant global community is supported both online and offline through mentoring, meetups and discussion groups.

 

Sir John Cass’s Foundation
Deadline(s): Ongoing

The spiel: “One of London's oldest and largest education charities.

What they fund: Founded in 1748, Sir John Cass’s Foundation is one of London’s largest educational charities benefiting young residents of inner London. The funding must benefit young people under 25 who live in the inner London boroughs of Camden, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Islington, Kensington & Chelsea, Lambeth, Lewisham, Newham, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Wandsworth, Westminster and the City of London. The four areas of of focus for grant giving are 'Widening Participation in Further and Higher Education', 'Truancy, Exclusion and Behaviour Management', 'Prisioner Education' and 'New Initiatives'.

 

Starter for 6

Deadline(s): Monday 12 January 2015
 
Starter for 6 is Scotland's premier investment programme for creative industry start-ups and is currently open for applications.

  • The programme offers training sessions, specialist creative advice and a safe place to try out ideas with like-minded people.
  • The programme also offers the chance to pitch for up to £10,000 of funding and the opportunity to join the Starter for 6 Network, made up of businesses who have all been through the programme.

Steel Charitable Trust
Deadline(s): Ongoing

The spiel: “The Steel Charitable Trust is a grant-making trust supporting general charitable purposes.”

What they fund: The Steel charitable trust have five key areas of focus: Arts and Culture, Education, Environment, Disadvantaged and Health. On top of this, they have fourteen key objectives, including ‘the prevention or relief of poverty’, ‘the advancement of religion’ and ‘the advancement of the arts, culture, heritage or science’.


Team London Bridge
Deadline(s): Ongoing

The spiel: “Our vision [is] to make London Bridge a world-class business district and visitor destination that is better managed, cared-for and connected.”

What they fund: Team London Bridge is a business-led initiative, campaigning for and connecting people and companies in the London Bridge / Tower Bridge areas. Since their formation, the Team has put over quarter of a million pounds into local youth community programmes. They also support networking activities and host performance platforms throughout the year.

 

Tudor Trust
Deadline(s): Ongoing

The spiel: “An independent grant-making trust which supports voluntary and community groups working in any part of the UK.

What they fund: The Tudor Trust has a relatively rare, flexible outlook towards funding, believing that the bodies it funds will be in the strongest position to recognise problems and develop solutions. Their scope may be broad, but it’s worth checking out the Trust’s exclusions before you pitch your idea.

 

UnLtd
Deadline(s): Ongoing

The spiel: “UnLtd’s mission is to reach out and unleash the energies of people who can transform the world in which they live.”

What they fund: UnLtd want to support social-entrepreneurial individuals who can sell themselves and their ideas in order to improve the world around them. If you have the idea, UnLtd can provide funding and support. 

 
Visiting Arts
Deadline(s): Various

The spiel: "Strengthening intercultural understanding through the arts"

What they fund: Visiting Arts supports the development of artists through international collaborations and knowledge sharing. The work of the organisation is project-orientated so, while they don’t accept applications for new projects, it’s worth keeping an eye on the website to research possible collaborations.


 
Wales Arts International
Deadline(s): Ongoing

The spiel: “We facilitate international work in the arts through collaborations, projects, networks and communication.”

What they fund: Wales Arts International is keen to raise the profile of Welsh culture abroad. In order to advance this aim, the organisation launched its International Opportunities Fund, which gives artists and practitioners up to £5,000 to take their work overseas. 


Wellcome Trust Arts Awards
Deadline(s): May, August and November

The spiel: “Arts Awards support imaginative and experimental arts projects that investigate biomedical science.”

What they fund: If you’re a creative with an interest in biomedical science, this might just be the award for you. The Wellcome Trust wants to see work that can engage and educate, using the arts to communicate knowledge in an accessible way. Wellcome are keen to hear from artists who are exploring collaborative relationships with scientists, and from those who are using workshops or small-scale productions to advance understanding of human and animal health. Amongst others on offer, there are the Broadcast, games and film awards and People Awards and Society Awards.


Without Walls
Deadline(s): Ongoing

The spiel: “breaking new ground in the development and creation of outdoor arts in the UK.”

What they fund: Do you think outside of the box? Since 2007, Without Walls has worked with eight outdoor festivals and invested over £510,000 in the creation of new work that focuses on the great outdoors. Without Walls is not a funding body and does not have a formal application process. However, it does welcome enquiries from practitioners.


Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowships
Deadline(s): September

The spiel: “ . . . for the betterment of world peace and understanding, people in all countries should be able to get to know one another and trust one another.”

What they fund: Applications open in May for the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Travelling Fellowships. The fellowships are designed to develop the confidence of participants with overseas experience, and are given on the condition that the recipient makes efforts to share any knowledge gained through the scheme on returning to the UK.

 

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