Funding

Funds launched for the cultural sector that you can apply for are listed below

    emerging maker grants

    The Emerging Maker Grant is a funding opportunity for talented early-career craftspeople who have a strong foundation and commitment to their craft, but who are still in the process of developing their skills and expertise.

    Deadline: 12.08.24

    Grand Plan fund

    Through the Grand Plan Grant, funding is on offer to support people of colour who want to create and deliver a new cultural project. The programme supports creativity in all its forms, including poetry, paintings, fashion, zines, music, food, flowers, photographs, workshops, events, and more.

    Deadline: 07.08.24

    Studio21 Competition

    The Studio21 Competition offers a £10,000 prize and industry access for new scriptwriters. It’s  designed to discover and develop the best new writers and projects and connect them with co-production partners to turn them into TV series for the global market.

    Deadline: 18.09.24

    Cultural Bridge Programme

    Cultural Bridge has announced continued funding for the development of partnerships between Germany and the UK for another two years. The Cultural Bridge Fund is open to all arts and cultural organisations with proven expertise in socially engaged/participatory practice.

    Deadline: 15.10.24

    Large Grants Programme

    National Churches Trust’s Large Grants Programme has reopened to applications for funding in 2025. The Trust offers grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 for urgent and essential structural repair projects to buildings that were originally built as churches, or the installation of kitchen and toilets.

    Deadline: 05.11.24

    Student opportunities

    Grants of up to £10,000 are available to help UK public museums, galleries, historic houses, libraries, archives, agencies and other visual arts organisations provide paid opportunities for full-time university students to gain meaningful, developmental work-experience.

    Deadline: 26.09.24

    NextGen Fund

    The NextGen Fund provided by Youth Music is intended help early-stage musicians and wider music adjacent creatives to invest in their own projects and make their ideas happen. The fund is especially aimed at those whose lack of finance holds them back from pursuing their goals.

    Deadline: 15.11.24

    The Architectural Heritage Fund

    Grants of up to £20,000 are available to help not-for-profit organisations cover some of the costs of developing and co-ordinating their historic building project and taking it towards the start of work on site. 

    Public Engagement Grant Scheme

    The Institute of Physics (IOP) provides grants of between £500 and £4,000 to individuals and organisations in the UK and Ireland that are ‘passionate about promoting engagement with physics’.

    Deadline: 06.09.24

    Theatre Improvement Scheme

    The Theatres Trust, in association with Wolfson Foundation, is currently accepting applications for grants of up to £20,000 to support not-for-profit theatres in the UK who need financial support to help reduce their environmental impact.

    Deadline: 05.09.24

    The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation

    The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation is offering grants of up to £6,000 for cultural and educational activities that foster good relations between the UK and Japan by advancing the education of the people of both nations in each other’s culture, society, and achievements. 

    Deadline: 15.09.24

    Beyond Borders Programme

    The PRS for Music Foundation’s Beyond Borders programme supports the creation, touring and promotion of innovative and high-quality new music across all genres and encourages engagement with audiences across The UK and Ireland.

    Deadline: 29.07.24

    Aesthetica Art Prize

    The Aesthetica Art Prize celebrates contemporary art across a range of media. The award offers artists opportunities for exhibition at a major public gallery, alongside publication in Aesthetica Magazine. 

    Regular deadline: 31.08.24

    Late entry deadline: 30.09.24

    Hinrichsen Foundation

    The Hinrichsen Foundation is offering grants to charities and other organisations across the United Kingdom to support the performance of contemporary music, including the commissioning of new work, non-commercial recording, or publication.

    Deadline: 31.08.24

    Community Ownership Fund

    The Government has announced that ahead of the launch of the fourth and final round of the £150 million Community Ownership Fund (COF), it has published a new Expression of Interest (EOI) form.

    Trailblazer Fund

    The Youth Music Trailblazer fund offers grants of £2,000 to £30,000 to organisations in England to run projects for children and young people (25 or under) to make, learn and earn in music. 

    Deadline (Round 7): 30.08.24

    Deadline (Round 8): 22.11.24

    The Pitch Film Fund

    The Pitch Film Fund offers training and support, providing winning filmmakers the opportunity to make a short film based on a Bible story, verse or book. 

    Standard deadline: 27.08.24

    The National Archives The Skills Bursaries

    National Archives is offering bursaries to archivists and heritage professionals as part of its 2023/24 grants programme.

    UK Games Fund - Content Fund

    Funded by the UK Government, the UK Games Fund – Content Fund has been established to support ‘commercial games-for-entertainment’ studios wishing to scale-up their operations.

    Museum Estate and Development Fund (MEND)

    MEND round four: Targeted at non-national Accredited museums to undertake vital infrastructure and urgent maintenance backlogs which are beyond the scope of day-to-day maintenance budgets.

    Deadline: 15.08.24

    Commission grants

    Art Fund_ welcome proposals for exceptional projects with significant public impact.

    Grants are available to all public museums, galleries, historic houses, libraries and archives in the UK or Channel Islands to support the commissioning process.

    Deadline: ongoing

    Benefact Trust offering grants

    Benefact Trust is offering grants for registered Christian charities across the United Kingdom and Ireland to support the preservation of key heritage skills that are essential to the conservation of historic Christian buildings.

    sir horace ove grant

    Grants upto £500 are available to help Black and Global Majority people working behind the scenes in film, TV, and cinema to access opportunities and navigate barriers to career progression.

    Equity Charitable Trust

    Equity Charitable Trust – new fund that does not require to be a current Equity member in order to apply.

    Creative Cornwall Calling

    Funds are for cultural and creative self-employed/ organisations based in Cornwall. You need a crowdfunding project to apply for funding.

    Actors Children’s Trust

    One-off grants for actors who are parents

    Plymouth city council

    COVID-19 grants for businesses in Plymouth and how to apply

    The National Lottery Community Fund

    The fund continues to support people and communities most adversely impacted by COVID-19.

    Michael Tippett Musical Foundation Grants

    The Michael Tippett Musical Foundation offers grants of between £500 and £3,000 to support the development of group music-making, especially including young people, and performing or recording works by Michael Tippet.

    Deadline: 20.09.24

    Dance Professionals Fund

    Financial grants to dance professionals of all ages

    Actors Benevolent Fund

    Weekly payments, small grants and larger one-off payments to actors

    Aviva Community Fund

    The Fund has broadened its criteria to include applications for projects that enable causes to adapt or continue their vital services by covering core running costs

    CLOSED

    The below opportunities have now closed.

    Climate Story Writers Grant

    The Climate Spring Hot House Development Lab aims to support the development of writers, and stimulate a pipeline of new, engaging and commercially viable climate stories for film and TV. This year’s lab focuses on ‘stories of the climate transition’.

    Deadline: 30.06.24

    Radcliffe Trust Funding

    Radcliffe Trust is offering grants averaging between £2,500 and £7,500 for charities, not-for-profit groups, and exempt organisations for projects that fall under the categories of Music and Heritage and Crafts.

    Deadline: 31.06.24

    NextGen Fund

    The NextGen Fund provided by Youth Music is intended help early-stage musicians and wider music creatives to invest in their own projects and make their ideas happen. The fund is especially aimed at those whose lack of finance holds them back.

    Deadline: 28.06.24

    The Burlington Contemporary Art Writing Prize

    The Burlington Contemporary Art Writing Prize seeks to discover talented writers on contemporary art. The winner of the Prize receives £1,000, their review published on Burlington Contemporary and the the opportunity to publish a review in The Burlington Magazine

    Deadline: 15.07.24

    Rolling Grants Programme

    Charities, charitable incorporated organisations (CIOs) and municipally funded museums across the UK with an annual income of more than £50,000 can apply for funding to deliver a variety of projects and activities, from Steel Charitable Trust.

    Deadline: 11.07.24

    DCMS Create Growth Programme Competition 3

    UK registered micro, small and medium enterprises in the creative sector can apply for funding of between £10,000 and £30,000 for innovation projects to grow their business. This funding is from the Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS).

    Deadline: 19.06.24

    Business Support Grant

    Innovate UK are are offering the Business Support grant to Cornwall and Devon businesses. There’s up to £30K in grants available for creative businesses needing to develop an innovative new aspect of their business that will support growth.

    Deadline: 19.06.24

    The Climate Fiction Prize

    The Climate Fiction Prize is a new literary award celebrating inspiring novels tackling the climate crisis. The initiative aims to support societies to fully grasp the climate change threat and to embrace its solutions.

    Deadline: 01.07.24

    ‘Funding for Places’ Grants Programme

    Twice a year, the Wolfson Foundation accepts applications from charitable organisations and educational establishments in the UK who are seeking grants for capital initiatives, ie buildings (new build or refurbishment) and equipment.

    Deadline: 01.07.24

    Reel Impact Partnership Programme

    Reel Impact is a new programme of support for Black and Global Majority individuals and Black and Global Majority-led production companies and organisations working behind the scenes in film, TV and cinema in the UK.

    Deadline: 30.06.24

    The Space - 2024 Commissioning Round

    Commissions are available to arts and cultural organisations based in England to develop and deliver creative digital projects.

    Deadline: 13.06.24

    Jerwood Foundation

    Jerwood Foundation is offering grants to UK-based organisations that focus on making art available for public benefit and promoting emerging talent in the arts.

    Deadline: 14.06.24

    Early Career Promoter Fund

    This PRS Foundation Fund recognises the role independent promoters play in supporting talent across England, and offers grant funding and capacity building support, with the aim of bolstering the local, regional and national ecosystems. 

    Deadline: 13.06.24

    Creative Catalyst Challenge Fund

    The Creative Catalyst Challenge Fund enables creative talent to apply their capacity for innovation to tackle a specific challenge within the industry. The Fund is intended to be used for the research and development of an innovative new product/system or process that reduces impact on the climate.

    Deadline: 19.06.24

    Inclusive Practices Fund

    The Freelands Foundation, a registered charity set up in 2015, aims to broaden access to art education and the visual arts across the UK. The foundation works with teachers and educators to develop diverse and ambitious approaches to art education.

    Deadline: 19.06.24

    Henry Moore Grants

    Henry Moore Foundation is offering grants of up to £20,000 for art galleries, museums, and other not-for-profit organisations concerned with art and art history to support projects that promote the growth and development of sculpture. 

    Deadline: 01.06.24

    Paul Hamlyn Foundation's Arts Fund

    The Foundation is providing grants of between £90,000 and £300,000 to support the core costs of not-for-profit cultural organisations working at the intersection of art and social change within the UK.

    Deadline: 31.05.24

    Theatres Trust's Small Grants Programme

    The Theatres Trust, the national advisory public body for theatres in the UK, offers small grants of up to £5,000 twice a year for essential works to not-for-profit theatres in the UK that will enable them to be viable and thrive in the future.

    Deadline 2: 07.06.24

    Community Radio Fund

    The Community Radio Fund, managed by Ofcom with funding from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), is accepting applications to provide help for the essential core work involved in running a radio station.

    Deadline: 14.06.24

    The Power of Music Fund

    Small grants of up to £2,000 are available to local organisations that use music making to support people living with dementia and their carers in the UK, from Music for All.

    Deadline: 17.06.24

    Net-Zero Solutions Fund

    The Net-Zero Exchange project is working to enable enterprises and researchers to team up and take on a carbon challenge. Apply for up to £7,500 to support your solutions-focused net-zero project.

    Deadline: 27.03.24

    The Open Fund for Music Creators

    Funding is available to support the development of outstanding UK songwriters and composers of all genres and backgrounds, at different stages of their career.

    Deadline: 08.04.24

    International Collaboration Grants

    The British Council is offering grants of between £25,000 and £75,000 for arts and culture organisations across the UK to work in partnership with international organisations from selected countries to support arts projects that help artist.

    Deadline: 30.04.24

    Scops Arts Trust

    Scops Art Trust is offering grants of up to £30,000 to registered charities and not-for-profit organisations across the UK, to deliver projects and activities that help people to understand, participate in, and enjoy the arts, particularly the performing arts (music, drama, opera, and dance).

    Deadline: 28.05.24

    Next Level awards

    Funding and a programme of one-to-one business advice and peer support are available to professional UK musicians to help them progress their careers to the next stage of development.

    Deadline: 24.05.24

    Amplifying Imagination

    Amplifying Imagination is a 16-week acceleration programme supporting companies in the creative industries to explore innovative artificial intelligence (AI) solutions.

    Deadline: 25.03.24

    Energiser Fund

    Funding is available to arts organisations in England to support the delivery of projects which celebrate and energise creative practice with children, across a range of art forms.

    Deadline: 05.04.24

    Contemporary Projects Funding

    The Hinrichsen Foundation is offering grants to charities and other organisations across the United Kingdom to support the performance of contemporary music, which may include the commissioning of new work, non-commercial recording, or publication.

    Deadline: 31.03.24

    Iris Prize Documentary Fund

    Applications are being invited to the third annual documentary film fund provided by Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival. The Documentary Film Fund was established to award production funding of up to £20,000 to one documentary film project annually.

    Deadline: 31.03.24

    Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprise

    The DBACE help creative entrepreneurs turn their ideas into reality. Aspiring individuals who want to go into business in the creative industries and require practical and financial support are being targeted.

    Deadline: 02.04.24

    Youth-Led Creativity funding

    The Youth-Led Creativity programme builds on young people’s power to make change, use creativity to enhance their lives, develop their careers, and influence the world around them. The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation will open the £1 million grants programme on 14 February.

    Deadline: 15.03.24

    Henry Moore Grants

    Henry Moore Foundation is offering various grants of up to £20,000 for art galleries, museums, and other not-for-profit organisations concerned with art and art history across the UK. 

    Deadline: 01.03.24

    Jerwood Foundation

    Jerwood Foundation is offering grants to support organisations throughout the United Kingdom that focus on making art available for public benefit and promoting emerging talent in the arts.

    Deadline: 01.03.24

    Digital Accelerator Fund

    Bloomberg Philanthropies is offering grants of up to £150,000 over two-years for cultural organisations to strengthen their digital infrastructure and help grow revenue, increase fundraising, engage audiences, and improve operations.

    Deadline: 13.03.24

    Creative Enterprise Business Builder Fund

    Through the Business Builder Fund, Creative UK is able to offer grants to registered SMEs working in ‘moving image’ for storytelling. The fund aims to support businesses to maximise their ability and create opportunities for business growth.

    Deadline: 03.24

    Grants Programme for Historic Building Projects

    The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) is offering new funding for 2023-2024 which aims to help a range of not-for-profit organisations, including social enterprises, through the early stages of planning to restore and re-use historic buildings. Deadline: 26.01.24

    Engagement Grants

    The National Archives Engagement Grants are open to archivists and heritage professionals working with archival collections in England or Wales.

    Deadline: 26.01.24

    Golsonscott Foundation Grants

    Golsonscott Foundation is offering grants typically up to £3,000 for voluntary and community sector organisations to deliver projects and activities that demonstrate and deliver excellence in the arts, whether in performance, exhibition, artistic craft, or scholarly endeavour. 

    Deadline: 10.02.24

    Talent Development Network

    PRS Foundation have launched funding for not-for-profit organisations based in the UK to support talent development programmes involving the creation, performance and promotion of new music by living, UK-based music creators.

    Deadline: 26.02.24

    Museum Estate and Development Fund (MEND)

    The Museum Estate and Development Fund (MEND) is provided with funding from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and administered, awarded and monitored by Arts Council England (ACE), to support museums.

    Deadline: 04.03.24