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

    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

    National Archives' Resilience Grants

    The Resilience Grants programme has been designed to support archive services, organisations with archives, and archives networks to be adaptable, resilient and sustainable, creating lasting solutions that enable them to respond to change, and contribute to communities and the economy.

    Deadline: 19.01.24

    Make Moves Fund

    The Make Moves Fund, provided by Nike and Spotify and administered by Charities Aid Foundation (CAF). Funding for UK-based community organisations to pioneer innovative, girl-first programmes that combine music and movement with the expectation that mental health and wellbeing of girls aged 10-17 from diverse and low socioeconomic backgrounds will be improved by moving through music.

    Deadline: 30.11.23

    Youth Music 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: 19.01.24

    Windrush Day Grant Scheme

    Funded by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, and managed by Near Neighbours, the Windrush Day Grant Scheme will focus on bringing communities together across different ages and ethnic backgrounds.

    Deadline: 17.12.23

    Grants to Support the Sustainability of Historic and Decorative Arts Collections

    AIM’s Connected Arts Scholars Brighter Day scheme offers grants to ensure the future viability of museums at risk of closure, losing vital skills and knowledge, or unable to provide effective collections care.

    Deadline: 08.12.23, 5pm

    The Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund

    The Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund helps regional and smaller museums to borrow works of outstanding quality and significance from national and major lending institutions across the UK.

    Deadline: 15.12.23

    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.

    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

    Castle Studies Trust Grants

    The Castle Studies Trust is offering grants of up to £10,000 to support the production of new and discrete pieces of research that enhance the understanding and knowledge of castles. 

    Deadline: 01.12.23

    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

    The Hinrichsen Foundation Grants

    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 even publication.

    Deadline: 31.12.23

    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.

    The National Archives Engagement Grants

    National Archives will soon be offering Engagement Grants for outreach activities that align with cultural events of national significance in England and Wales.

    Supporting Grassroots Live Music

    A ring-fenced budget of £1.5 million until September 2023 available within National Lottery Project Grants specifically to support the grassroots live music sector.

    MAD Trust

    Hardship Fund of up to £200 to anyone who has ever worked on/for a MAD Trust event

    Creative Cornwall Calling

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

    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

    Dance Professionals Fund

    Financial grants to dance professionals of all ages

    The National Archives The Skills Bursaries

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

    Equity Benevolent Fund

    One-off grants of £60 – £350 to Equity Members

    Plymouth city council

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

    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

    Actors Children’s Trust

    One-off grants for actors who are parents

    Society of Authors

    An emergency fund open to all writers, illustrators, journalists, translators, scriptwriters and poets

    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.


    BFI has repurposed over £4.6m in National Lottery funding to target specific areas of the sector

    Record & release

    Music creators can apply for financial support of up to £3,000 towards recording and releasing music; helping to build creative portfolios and get music out into the world.


    Equity Charitable Trust

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

    The National Lottery Community Fund

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

    Actors Benevolent Fund

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


    The below opportunities have now closed.

    Teacher Development Fund

    Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF) is now inviting applications for the 2024 funding round of its Teacher Development Fund to promote partnerships between primary schools and arts/cultural organisations in the UK.

    Deadline: 13.11.23

    Freelands Foundation Funds

    Freelands Foundation offers funding twice a year as part of its work to broaden access to art education and the visual arts across the UK. The Autumn 2023 funding round offers larger grants of between £50,000 and £150,000 per year for up to three years.

    Deadline: 20.11.23 12pm

    Creative Catalyst Challenge Fund

    The Creative Catalyst Challenge Fund enables creative talent to apply their capacity for innovation by developing or researching an idea, product, system or process to tackle waste within the creative industries, decarbonises and/or reduces impact on the climate.

    Deadline: 27.11.23

    Cultural Bridge Fund

    Applications are now open for the Cultural Bridge 2024 – 2025 programme of funding which supports intercultural exchange and dialogue in the field of participative arts and culture between Germany and the UK.

    Deadline: 22.11.23

    Creative Catalyst Competition

    UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £1 million for projects that develop new innovative products and services for the UK music industry. This funding is part of Innovate UK’s Creative Catalyst.

    Deadline: 22.11.23

    British Council Connections Through Culture Grant

    Connections Through Culture grants help artists and cultural organisations to bring their ideas to life – with projects eligible at any stage of development and across artforms.  

    Deadline: 23.10.23

    New Stories New Audiences Fund

    The Association of Independent Museums (AiM) is offering grants of up to £15,000 for smaller independent museums across the UK that wish to increase and widen their audiences, enhance their sustainability, and increase participation from groups that are currently under-represented.

    Deadline: 31.10.23

    PPL Momentum Music Fund

    Funding is available to support the development of talented UK musicians and bands, helping them to enhance and sustain their careers.

    Deadline: 03.11.23

    Everyday Heritage Grants

    Historic England are launching a new round of grant opportunities ‘Everyday Heritage Grants: Celebrating Working Class Histories’. The Grants are for creative projects that focus on heritage connecting people to historic places.

    Deadline: 07.11.23

    International Dylan Thomas Prize for Literary

    A competitive award provided in partnership by the Dylan Thomas Centre and Swansea University, to recognise and reward literary talent in young authors. The main prize for the winner is £20,000. Each shortlisted entrant will receive a Runners-up Award of £500.

    Deadline: 03.11.23

    PRS Foundation Beyond Borders

    PRS for Music Foundation’s Beyond Borders programme supports the creation, touring and promotion of innovative and high-quality new music. Funding is available for projects that include repeat performances of music written in the past five years, new commissions and recordings.

    Deadline: 18.09.23

    Research England museums, galleries and collections funding

    Apply for funding to support higher education museums, galleries and collections (HEMG) based in England.

    Deadline: 14.09.23

    Society of Authors Work In Progress Grant

    The Authors’ Foundation and K Blundell Trust award grants twice yearly to writers whose book project is for a commercial UK publisher. 

    Deadlines: 1st July annually (Funds in October)

    Association of Independent Museums

    AIM (the Association for Independent Museums) has renewed funding for the Audit, Collections Care and Remedial Conservation grant schemes for a further three years.


    Autumn Round – Friday 29 September 2023 (5pm).

    The Arts Society Grants

    The Arts Society is offering grants of up to £3,000 for UK-registered charities with an annual turnover of less than £3 million to deliver projects across all aspects of the arts and heritage

    Deadline: 30.09.23

    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: 14.08.23, 5pm

    More Films for Freedom Programme

    Funding is available to support the production of creative collaborations between UK-based filmmakers and storytellers from Africa and the Middle East that explore LGBTQIA+ intersectionality, global human rights, and diaspora identity.

    Deadline: 14.08.23

    BFI National Lottery Discovery Feature Funding

    Administered by the British Film Institute (BFI) with funding provided by the National Lottery. The programme is intended to support original live action and animation feature filmmaking in the UK by debut directors.

    Deadline: 16.08.23

    Scops Arts Trust Second Round Funding

    Scops Art Trust is offering grants of up to £30,000 to registered charities and not-for-profit organisations to deliver projects that give people of all ages a better quality of life by enabling them to understand, participate in, and enjoy the arts, particularly the performing arts.

    Deadline: 22.08.23

    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: 05.09.23

    Community Ownership Fund

    The government is providing £150 million over 4 years to support community groups in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to take ownership of assets and amenities at risk of being lost.

    Deadline: Midday 12.07.23

    The Redcliffe Trust

    Radcliffe Trust is offering grants averaging between £2,500 and £7,500 for charities, not-for-profit groups, and exempt organisations for projects in music and heritage projects in the UK.

    Deadline: 31.07.23

    Movement for Good Awards Larger Grants

    The Benefact Group is providing £500,000 in larger grants of £10,000 plus to help charities turn their creative ideas into practical solutions that benefit society.

    Deadline: 28.07.23

    The Michael Tippett Musical Foundation

    Offers grants of between £500 and £3,000 to support group music-making especially young people, and the performance of recording works by Michael Tippet.

    Deadline: 01.08.23


    Continuo Foundation Grant

    Grants of between £2,000 and £8,000 for professional ensembles playing period music and instruments for projects of artistic merit and create meaningful work for freelance period musicians.

    Deadline: 10.08.23

    Hinrichsen Foundation Fund

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

    Deadline: 05.06.23

    NLHF & AHF Historic Buildings Fund

    The National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) and the Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) have launched the new three-year £5 million UK Heritage Development Trusts Programme to revive unused historic buildings.

    Deadline: 26.06.23 9am

    Arts Council England Capital Investment Programme

    Cultural organisations in England can apply to the second round of the Capital Investment Programme, which aims to support post-pandemic recovery of the cultural sector. Grants of £100,000 to £750,000 are available.

    Deadline: 03.07.23 midday

    Wolfson Foundation's Fund

    The Wolfson Foundation awards capital grants to support excellence in the fields of education, science and medicine, health and disability, heritage, humanities and the arts.

    Deadline: Secondary schools, sixth form colleges, special needs schools and college 10.06.23. All other organisations 01.07.23.

    Open Fund for UK Music Organisations

    Funding is available for not-for-profit organisations based in the UK to support new music projects led by promoters, large performance groups, talent development organisations, venues, festivals and curators.

    Deadline: 10.07.23

    Endangered Crafts Fund

    Heritage Crafts invites craft practitioners and organisations in the UK to apply for small grants to fund projects that support endangered crafts.

    Deadline: 03.03.23

    Documentary Fund

    Applications are being invited to the film fund provided by Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival for funding up to £20k. 

    Deadline: 31.03.23

    national lottery project grants

    Supporting Grassroots Live Music forms part of the wider Project Grants programme with its own ring-fenced budget of £1.5 million in 2022/23.

    Grants of £1,000 to £40,000 are on offer for projects lasting up to three years, providing applicants can provide at least 10% of the total costs in match funding.

    Deadline: 31.03.2023

    Dynamic Collections Fund

    The Heritage Fund have extended their deadline for its Dynamic Collections Campaign.
    Museums, archives, historic libraries and community organisations which hold collections have until 24 April 2023 to apply for up to £250,000 in Lottery funding to help build resilience in the heritage sector.
    Deadline: 24.04.23

    Art Fund Reimagine Grants 2023

    The Reimagine programme is designed to inspire creativity and increase stability in the sector. It supports organisations to develop or refresh their work in response to their current situation.
    Deadline: 26.05.23

    Omicron Hospitality & Leisure Grant

    The grant provides local councils with one-off grant funding to support to hospitality, leisure and accommodation businesses, in recognition that the rise of the Omicron variant means that some businesses are likely to struggle.

    Eligible businesses may apply for up to £6,000, with applications to Plymouth City Council expected to open from week beginning 10th January 2022. 

    incubator fund round 5

    Grants of £5k-£30k are available to businesses, collectives, and NFPs working in the music industries.

    Designed to create sustainable, meaningful career opportunities for young people, particularly those who are currently unrepresented in the sector and to support creative employers to innovate and incubate new and diverse talent.

    Deadline: 02.12.2022 – 5pm

    Developing your creative practice

    DYCP supports individuals who are cultural and creative practitioners and want to take time to focus on their creative development.

    Individuals can apply for between £2,000 and £10,000

    Round 15 Deadline: 04.10.2022 12pm

    Round 16 Open: 12.12.2022

    Start Something Programme

    Funding available for women aged 18+ based in the South West with brilliant ideas for an immersive tech business or project.

    Deadline: 27.01.23

    Continuo Foundation Fund

    Continuo Foundation are now accepting applications to support period music ensembles across the UK.

    Deadline: 06.02.23

    cultural bridge fund

    Cultural organisations in the UK and Germany with experience of socially engaged/participatory practice can now apply for their share of a £180,000 funding pot from Cultural Bridge.

    This is an opportunity to forge or develop bilateral partnerships to work together and share artistic practice.

    Deadline: 26.10.2022 12pm

    cultural protection fund

    The Fund will support efforts to keep cultural heritage and objects safe as well as providing opportunities for local communities to value, care for and benefit from their cultural heritage.

    Small grants of up to £100k are currently available for projects commencing in Jan 2023.

    Expressions of Interest are accepted on a rolling basis, before the application deadline of 31.10.2022

    2023 international dylan thomas prize

    Awarded to the single author who, in the opinion of the judges, has written the best literary Work – a commercially published original volume of English language poetry, collection of short fictional stories, fictional novel or novella, radio script or screenplay.

    The main prize is £20k. Each shortlisted entrant will receive Award of £500.

    Deadline: 04.11.2022

    catalyser fund

    The fund offers grants between £30,001 and £300,000 to organisations in England running music projects who want to sustain work, scale-up delivery, or create change in sector practice.

    The Catalyser Fund has a two-stage application process. Stage 1 is to submit a short Expression of Interest (EOI) form.

    EoI Deadline: 04.11.2022

    PHF Teacher development fund

    Around six two-year grants of £150k will be awarded to partnerships between of NFPO’s in the arts sector and primary schools and academies working in the state sector.

    The fund’s purpose is to help teachers and school leaders to develop the necessary skills, knowledge, confidence and experience to better embed learning through the arts in the curriculum.

    Deadline: 22.11.2022 – 12 noon

    The Pitch Film Fund

    The Pitch exists to support emerging filmmakers. There’s a £50,000 production pot to make two films, plus training and development for entrants and finalists.

    Entries must be either comedy or drama and must be based on a Bible story, theme or book. 

    Deadline: 03.10.2022 12 noon

    heritage innovation fund

    The fund will help to generate and nurture ideas that aim to ensure the heritage workforce has the capacity and capabilities required to meet future needs.

    The fund involves 3 phases:

    • Explore
    • Test
    • Grow

    Deadline: 27.09.2022 12 noon

    Patricia Fay Fund

    Autumn Grants Round is open for applications for up to £3k to deliver projects and activities that engage young people with the arts, support skills development and training in the arts and heritage sector and support local and regional art organisations and museums

    Deadline: 30.09.2022

    the WFTV pat llewellyn bursary fund

    Established to support women with an idea for a talent-led documentary.

    Four bursaries of £10,000 are available in 2022. Successful applicants will be matched with a mentor to help them realise their ideas.

    Deadline: 16.09.2022 5pm

    uk global screen fund

    Designed to boost international development, production, distribution, and promotional opportunities for the UK’s independent screen sector, including film, TV, documentary, animation and interactive narrative games content.

    Eligible companies can apply for grants of between £50k and £200k.

    Deadline: 13.10.2022

    Round 4

    Grants of between £2,000 and £10,000 are available for professional ensembles playing period music and instruments to mobilise projects of outstanding artistic merit and create meaningful work for freelance period musicians, whilst engaging a wide range of audiences with historically informed live performances.

    Deadline: 15.08.2022

    dcms media literacy taskforce fund

    A maximum of £250k is available to individual projects and organisations piloting new methods of engaging ‘hard to reach’ citizens with media literacy initiatives.

    Bids will be accepted for projects that either conclude this financial year (ending March 2023) or extend into the next financial year (ending January 2024).

    Deadline: 30.08.2022 9am

    music export growth scheme

    Grants from £5k-£50k available to UK regstered music companies to assist them with marketing campaigns when looking to introduce successful UK music projects overseas. 

    Deadline: 02.09.2022 11.59pm

    Reimagine Grants Programme

    To help organisations as they reimagine their activities following the pandemic.

    The programme is designed to inspire creativity and increase stability in the sector.

    Grants of £10k-£50k are available to eligible projects.

    Deadline: 12.09.2022 5.30pm

    Open Fund for organisations

    Grants of up to £10k are available to support new music projects led by promoters, talent development organisations, venues, festivals, curators and large performance groups.

    Eligible projects must involve the creation, performance and promotion of new music.

    Deadline: 14.09.2022 6pm

    The cultural protection fund

    A partnership between the British Council and the DCMS, aiming to create opportunities for social and economic development through building capacity to safeguard and promote cultural heritage overseas.

    Grants of between £100k – £2m available this round.

    Deadline: 30.06.2022

    UK Games Fund

    Up to £25k available to small UK companies looking to take game concepts through to production.

    Intended to support UK video games development, create jobs, promote diverse new teams, enhance skills and increase the amount of new games IPs in the UK.

    Deadline: 23.06.2022 10am

    Arts and Mental health programme

    Grants of £20k-60K available for Global Majority led arts organisations to develop their offer of creative opportunities to people living with mental health problems, such as anxiety, depression and OCD, psychoses including Bipolar Spectrum Disorder, and addictions.

    Projects can include partnerships with other arts and mental health organisations or mental health groups or organisations.

    Deadline: 26.07.2022 (12pm)

    The New ideas fund

    A programme of small grants to support the growth of the screen sector in England. 

    Grants of between £1,000 and £25,000 are available to support the development of new and innovative ideas that have the potential to impact your entrepreneurial journey and grow your business.

    Deadline: 23.07.2022 9am

    DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund 2022-24

    A total of £4 million will be available this round, with grants of up to a maximum £300,000. Funding sought must be no more than 75% of the total eligible project cost, where the total project cost does not include VAT and other prohibited costs.

    All projects are expected to be environmentally sustainable and to have environmental considerations embedded in their planning.

    Applications open: 09.05.2022
    Deadline: 01.08.2022

    Stage One

    Small grants for emerging producers or Stage One development alumni

    Outdoor Arts UK

    £500,000 fund for people who work in Outdoor Arts but who do not qualify for other funding streams

    Help Musician UK

    A £5 million hardship fund to help alleviate some of the immediate financial pressures.

    Freelands Foundation Emergency Fund

    A £1.5m emergency fund for artists and freelance creative practitioners across the UK affected by the Covid-19 crisis

    The Art Fund

    Grants from £10,000 to £50,000 to help museums, galleries and cultural organisations respond to immediate challenges connected to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, and offer support to adapt and reimagine ways of working for the longer-term future.

    ARTS Council England

    A £160m emergency response package to support individual artists, freelancers and cultural organisations.

    Film and TV Charity

    Emergency relief fund and advice for organisations and freelancers

    PRS for Music

    A membership Emergency Relief Fund for members facing significant financial pressure

    Peninsula Dance Partnership

    Peninsula Dance Partnership – CPD Dance Card Bursary

    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


    Covid-19 Response Fund will provide grants of up to £10,000 for specialist women’s organisations across the UK.

    Plymouth City Council

    The discretionary fund will support businesses who have fixed costs and have been affected by COVID-19.  The intention of the grant is to support small businesses with high premises-related costs that fell outside of the original grant scheme.

    Royal Theatrical Fund

    Considering applications from all members of the profession who have contracted Covid-19 or need to self-isolate due to health reasons

    Creative Industries Federation

    Free six-month membership

    Creative England & Ideate Plymouth

    Ideate Plymouth can help you to implement immersive technology to grow your business. Successful applicants will receive one to one mentoring and community building and commercialisation support. This programme is completely free to businesses in and around Plymouth.

    Film and TV Charity

    Film and TV Charity (new fund)

    Arts Council England

    ACE – National Lottery Project Grants will open July 22, and will prioritise independent organisations, creative practitioners and freelancers.

    Arts Council England

    ACE Developing your Creative Practice –  a new development fund designed to support independent creative practitioners to ensure excellence is thriving in the arts and culture sector.

    National Lottery Heritage Fund

    The National Lottery Heritage Fund has established a £50M fund and ‘halted’ new applications

    National Lottery Heritage Fund

    Larger Grants Now Available, grantees can now apply now for £50,000 and £250,000 to cover essential costs for up to four months.

    Deadline: 31.07.2020

    Arts Council England

    Culture Recovery Fund – Grants and repayable finance of between £50,000 and £3 million will be awarded from a budget of up to £500 million to organisations affected by the Covid-19 crisis that are at risk of no longer trading viably by the end of this financial year.

    Round 1: 10.08.20 – 21.08.20

    Round 2: 21.08.20 – 04.09.2020

    Youth Music

    Youth Music – Incubator Fund offers grants of £5,000 to £30,000 are available to businesses, collectives, and not-for-profits working in the music industries.

    Deadline: 14.08.2020

    The Baring Foundation

    Baring Foundation – Arts programme supporting Arts and Mental Health.

    Deadline: 18.08.2020

    National Lottery Fund and Historic England

    Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage will support organisations across the heritage ecosystem that were financially sustainable before COVID-19, have exhausted all other financing options, and are now at risk of failure.

    Deadline: 17.08.2020


    Community Investigations fund aim to support and explore the consequences and impact of COVID 19, and particularly encourage applications that will attempt to delve beneath the surface and ask more radical questions of the UK society dynamics.

    Deadline: 21.09.2020

    The Dylan Thomas Prize

    The International Dylan Thomas Prize is an annual competitive prize awarded to the single author aged 18-39 who has written the best literary work.

    The main prize for the winner is £20,000 with runners-up Awards of £500.

    Deadline: 09.11.2020

    Theatre Artists Fund/ Netflix

    Theatre Artists Fund/ Netflix- The Theatre Artists Fund has been set up to provide emergency support for theatre workers and freelancers across the UK.

    Theatre Artists Fund

    Set up to provide emergency support for theatre workers and freelancers across the UK. It is for theatre professionals who are in need of urgent and critical financial support due to the devastating impact of Covid-19 on the theatre sector. The fund offers easy access individual grants of £1,000 for freelance professional theatre workers.

    Women in Innovation Award 2020/21

    The aim of this competition is to find women with exciting, innovative ideas and ambitious plans that will inspire others. The awards are for female founders, co-founders or senior decision makers working in businesses that have been operating for at least one year.

    Deadline: 14.10.2020

    BBC Arts Culture in Quarantine

    Ten established disabled artists will be commissioned from across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales to create new video or audio works to be published on BBC platforms in 2021.

    Deadline: 08.01.2021

    Art Fund

    New Grant Fund: Art Fund Respond & reimagine grants
    Aim to help museums, galleries & cultural organisations respond to immediate challenges connected to the Covid-19 crisis, and offer support to adapt and reimagine ways of working for the future £10-50k

    Available for UK public museums, galleries, historic houses, libraries, visual arts agencies or festivals

    Digital Collaboration Fund

    The fund aims to address the challenge of continuing to support international artistic collaboration during COVID-19 restrictions.

    Applications must be a partnership between at least one UK organisation and one organisation based in one of the selected ODA-eligible countries.

    Projects must take place between 1 January 2021 – 31 December 2021

    Deadline: 18.11.2020

    Weston Culture Fund

    To be eligible for funding, organisations must have had an annual income of over £500,000 in their pre-COVID-19 audited accounts. Smaller organisations can apply for the Foundation’s regular grants programme. Grants of between £100,000 and £2 million will be awarded, with the size of the grant depending on the annual income of the applicant.

    Deadline: 09.11.2020

    The Jerwood/FVU Awards

    The Jerwood/FVU Awards provide an opportunity for UK-based moving-image artists in the first five years of developing their professional practice. The call invites artists to make proposals for ambitious new works, two of which will be chosen for financial support.

    Queer writers of color

    Queer Writers of Colour relief fund

    Musicians Financial Hardship Funding

    Help Musicians’ second wave of financial hardship support will help those ineligible for government emergency safety nets or unable to survive on what they receive.

    Phase 2 Deadline: 31.10.2020

    Creative England

    The New Ideas fund  – is a programme of small grants for creative entrepreneurs and companies working in moving image for storytelling.

    Musicians Union

    The Musicians Union has announced a hardship fund for members

    Developing Your Creative Practice

    Designed to support independent creative practitioners to ensure excellence is thriving in the arts and culture sector. This fund will create more pathways for individuals from a range of creative practices and backgrounds.

    Developing your Creative Practice (DYCP)

    The fund supports individual cultural and creative practitioners to take time to focus on their creative development with grats fro £2,000-£10,000

    Round 9 deadline: 21.12.2020

    Further rounds throughout 2021

    Netflix Documentary Talent Fund

    The opportunity will be open to everyone and will give ten filmmakers, and their teams, the chance to make a short documentary film with a budget of between £20,000 and £40,000 each. All teams will be under the guidance of Netflix and other filmmaking professionals, to ensure that filmmakers and everyone involved in the production are fairly paid, and in a bid to open doors to those most under-represented in the industry. 

    Deadline: 31.01.2021

    Fund For Freelancers

    One off grants for theatre professionals

    Thriving Communities Fund

    The fund will support local voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise (VCSFSE) projects that bring together place-based partnerships.

    Deadline: 08.01.2021

    Maureen Attrill Bursary

    Applications are welcome for a bursary up to £1250 to support research project linked to the Box’s art collections.

    The successful applicant will be expected to produce a project summary and a 1,000+ word article on their findings. They will also be offered the opportunity to present their research as part of The Box’s events programme in 2021.

    Deadline: 21.12.2020

    Culture Recovery Fund - Round 2

    Funding of between £25,000 and £3 million available in this round of funding.

    Open to cultural organisations (both profit and not for profit) based in England or who can demonstrate that the majority of their work takes place in England.

    Deadline: 26.01.2021

    PRS for Music Power Up Programme

    A new initiative which will support Black music creators and industry professionals and executives, as well addressing anti-Black racism and racial disparities in the music sector. In partnership with YouTube Music, Beggars Group and the Black Music Coalition, the Power Up initiative has been launched to bring together music industry partners across all sectors to accelerate change and remove barriers.

    Deadline: 10.03.2021

    Future Screens NI

    Applications are welcome across the full spectrum of the creative industries undertaking R&D across new, immersive and emerging technology.

    Deadline: 11.02.2021

    British Film Institute Round 2

    Culture Recovery Fund for Independent Cinemas in England will enable non-profit and independent cinemas to transition back to a viable and sustainable operating model, following the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

    Deadline: 01.02.2021

    The Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Entrepreneurs

    Applicants will be able to explore, develop and establish their creative ideas into sustainable ventures – through business planning training, mentoring and capital funding for starting-up.

    Deadline: 31.03.2021

    Creative England

    The Creative Enterprise* Business Planning Support – will pay grants of up to £5000 to support companies who work in moving image for storytelling, spanning film television, games and immersive, to build meaningful connections and create opportunities for business growth.

    The Arts Council England

    Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants.  The fund will focus on the needs of smaller independent organisations and individual practitioners.

    Deadline: 04.2021

    Theatres Trust's Small Grants Programme

    Providing grants of up to £5,000 for essential works to enable not-for-profit theatres across the UK to be viable and thrive in the future.

    This scheme will prioritise improvements to buildings that protect theatre use and remove barriers to participation and attendance.

    Deadline: 07.06.2021

    Community Radio Fund

    DCMS has provided £400,000 for grants for the 2021-22 financial year.

    The Fund will support the core costs of running Ofcom-licensed community radio stations.

    Licensees that hold a Community Digital Sound Programme (C-DSP) licence are eligible to apply for the Fund if the station is broadcasting on a digital radio multiplex at the date of their application.

    Deadline Round 1: 5pm on 25.06.2021

    Funding Available for UK Visual Artists and Small Arts Organisations

    Committed to helping artists and art institutions and galleries that depart from the routine and signal new, distinct and imaginative sets of possibilities.

    Funding priority is given to artists in the fine arts and small organisations and galleries within the United Kingdom.

    Grants are usually limited to £2,000, but larger grants of up to £5,000 may be considered.

    Deadline: 27.06.2021

    UK Global Screen Fund

    The £7m UKGSF will support content made by independent UK film and screen companies exporting to markets around the world. It will provide grants for business development, co-production, and international distribution.

    Deadline: 30.06.2021

    Restart Grants

    The new Restart Grants are designed to help businesses reopen safely. Eligible businesses including will receive a one-off grant to help their business as Covid-19 restrictions are gradually lifted.

    Businesses must complete an application form in order to claim their Restart Grant. With payments aiming to be made within 2 weeks.

    Deadline: 30.06.2021


    Devon County Council and Crowdfunder have teamed up to award £10,000 to three incredible projects who are crowdfunding in 24 hours tackling the climate emergency.

    There will also be chance for 10 projects in Devon, aiming tackle climate change, can get their hands on a share of a further £30,000 for their projects.

    08.07.2021 7pm

    Youth Music NextGen Fund

    The Youth Music NextGen Fund offers young creatives grants of up to £2,500 to make their ideas happen.

    Built for creatives with a stack of ideas but a lack of finance, the fund is open to 18–25-year-olds (and under-30s who identify as Disabled).

    Deadline: 09.07.21


    Ecclesiastical Movement for Good Awards

    Phase 2 is now open with grants of £10k, £50k or £100k to be awarded.

    This phase is ‘actively championing innovation, giving charities the backing they need to propel their plans forward and turn creative ideas into practical solutions that benefit society’.

    Deadline: 06.08.2021

    Steps to Sustainability (UK Wide)

    Business Initiative Funding for Smaller UK Heritage Organisations to help turn a new business idea into reality.

    Programme participants receive:

    A 15-month package of support to develop their income generating idea.
    Access to funding of up to £10,000.

    Deadline: 23.07.2021

    Short Form Animation Fund

    The fund provides awards of between £30,000 and £120,000 to projects of up to 15 minutes in length.

    The fund can support narrative short form projects in any animated technique or genre (including immersive content and documentary) and for any platform e.g. cinema, online or TV; however, the fund does not support work intended primarily for broadcast television.

    Deadline: 16.08.2021

    The Smile Fund

    Comic Relief and Walkers are seeking proposals from organisations who share their belief that the arts and comedy can help start conversations and support positive outcomes for people’s mental wellbeing.

    Deadline: 15.09.2021

    Culture Recovery Fund: Emergency Resource Support

    This programme is designed to support organisations at imminent risk of failure and will provide emergency funding to help them return to financial viability.

    Organisations who were financially sustainable before Covid-19 but are now at imminent risk of failure and have exhausted all other options for increasing their resilience.

    Grants between £25,000 – £3m (£1m for for-profit organisations)

    Deadline: 30.09.2021 (midday)

    1:1 Funding

    Available to independent early career artists, curators and producers to connect, develop their practice and generate new ideas after the isolating impact of COVID-19.

    The fund offers awards for pairs of independent early career practitioners who want to work together, learn from each other and share new ideas.

    The funding available for each awarded pair is £2,000.

    Deadline: 04.10.2021 (midday)

    Capital Investment Fund

    This new fund aims to help build a ‘fit for the future’, to support cultural organisations to adjust buildings and equipment so that they can operate safely post-pandemic and improve access, seize on technological opportunities, and reduce environmental impact, giving more people the opportunity to enjoy high-quality cultural experiences.

    Cultural organisations can apply for grants between £100,000 and £750,000.

    Applications open: 12pm 05.10.2021

    Open Fund For Music Organisations

    Supporting new music projects led by promoters, talent development organisations, venues, festivals, curators and large performance groups with grants up to £10,000.

    Projects must involve the creation, performance and promotion of new music and enable songwriters, composers, or solo artists, bands, producers and performers of all backgrounds to develop creatively and professionally.

    Deadline: 6pm 18.10.2021

    Local Restrictions Support Grant

    Plymouth businesses that have been forced to close due to the national COVID-19 restrictions will now be able to apply for financial support through Plymouth City Council.

    The Government’s Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) scheme is available to support businesses that have been legally required to close and occupy a rateable property.

    International Collaboration Grants

    A £3.5m programme of grants now available to support UK and overseas organisations to collaborate internationally on digital, face-to-face, and/or hybrid artistic projects.

    Small grants of £5-20k and large grants of £20-75k are available now to UK and international organisations. 

    Deadline: 04.11.2021

    Scops arts trust

    A limited number of grants are available to charities across the UK for new high quality projects that provide opportunities for people from all backgrounds to access, enjoy and participate in the arts.

     Deadline: 03.11.2021

    Dylan Thomas Prize 2022

    The prize will be awarded to the single author who has written the best literary Work – a commercially published original volume of English language poetry, collection of short fictional stories, fictional novel or novella, radio script or screenplay.

    The main prize for the winner is £20,000. Each shortlisted entrant will receive a Runners-up Award of £500.

    Deadline: 08.11.2021

    New Collecting awards

    Funding for UK-based curators in the early stages of their career or with limited opportunities to collect, to pursue new avenues of collecting for their museums and build critical professional skills.

    Deadline: 16.11.2021

    Recovery Loan Scheme

    The Recovery Loan Scheme supports access to finance for UK businesses as they grow and recover from the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Up to £10 million is available per business.

    The scheme is open until: 31.12.2021

    The Football art prize

    A brand-new exhibition opportunity celebrating art and football, and giving artists from around the world the chance to show their work to a prestigious panel of judges, including artists, curators and football players; exhibit on a tour to three venues, Touchstones Rochdale, Sheffield’s Millennium Gallery and Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens and win cash prizes.

    Deadline: 19.11.2021 5pm

    Momentum music fund

    Individual grants of between £5,000 and £15,000 are available for talented artists and bands to help further their careers. 

    Grants can be used to assist with any activity that significantly contributes to the development of an artist or band.

    Applications can be submitted by the artists themselves or those who are working on their behalf, eg a manager, an independent label or publisher.

    Deadline: 6pm 16.11.2021


    Volunteering futures

    Volunteering Futures is a time limited priority with a total funding pot of £4.7 million available. Groups  may apply for grants of £100,001 and above.

    Applications will be accepted from community and cultural organisations across England. Consortia and partnership bids comprising a diverse range of organisations are encouraged.

    Activities must start no earlier than 1 April 2022 and finish no later than March 2024.

    Deadline: 07.12.2021

    Culture recovery fund for heritage emergency resource support

    Part of the £1.57 billion rescue package announced by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to safeguard cultural and heritage organisations across the UK from the economic impact of COVID-19.

    The National Lottery Heritage Fund is distributing £40 million of this third round of the Culture Recovery Fund, in partnership with Historic England, based on criteria set by DCMS.

    Deadline: 11.01.2022

    Generate Fund 2022

    Funding for Black, Asian and ‘Global Majority’ Artists to Perform at Edinburgh Fringe, provided by the Pleasance Theatre Trust.

    The scheme will provide financing, mentorship and programming opportunities. In 2022, there is £10,000 available, with productions receiving investment of up to £5,000 to support projects that would otherwise not be able to come to the Fringe.

    Deadline: 17.01.2022 (10am)

    Amazon Literary Partnership

    Aiming to champion the voices of underrepresented writers with an eye to encourage writing and reading about a greater variety of perspectives on the world in which live today.

    Applications will be accepted from not-for-profit organisation in the UK, whose core mission is to develop emerging writers, support diversity, celebrate storytelling, and/or build authors’ careers.

    Deadline: 31.01.2022

    AIM Hallmarks Grants

    The Association of Independent Museums (AIM) Hallmarks Grants will support accredited museums in England, with grants totalling £55,000 each year for the next two years. Grants of up to £10,000 will be available to support projects addressing AIM’s new Tackling Inequality Hallmark.

    Deadline: 31.01.2022

    Film & TV Funding Award

    Inspired by the late journalist and broadcaster, Alan Whicker. The programme aims to encourage documentary filmmakers and audio producers to tell original and authored stories with honesty, professionalism and wit.

    In celebration of what would have been his 100th Birthday, the main award is £100,000 and the runner-up contribution £20,000.

    Deadline: 31.01.2022

    Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust

    Rounds 1-2: Focus’ on people in the early stages of their career, specifically performers and creatives.
    Rounds 3-4: Focus on projects and organisations that are working to change the underrepresentaion of BAME people in the arts.

    The Trust awards grants of either £1,000 or £5,000 depending on the grant round. The first round of 2022 offers grants of £1,000.

    Round 1 will open on 1 February 2022 and close on 28 February 2022.

    the dying matters Community grants programme

    Hospice UK is providing grants to support community-led and culture projects which aim to open up conversations about dying, death and bereavement in new and creative ways at a grassroots level.

    Two types of grants are available:

    – Small grants up to £999 to run smaller scale activities such as a one-off workshop of poetry, singing, art, crafting, etc.
    – Larger project grants between £1,000 and £5,000 to enable larger scale community projects such as theatre productions, community murals or photography exhibits.

    Deadline: 21.02.2022

    time space money

    The programme is provided by a-n The Artists Information Company with funding support from Arts Council England. The programme offers grants in the form of bursaries of £500 to £1,500.

    Eligible bursary activity includes meeting outgoing costs, skills development, research, and networking.

    Deadline: 03.02.2022

    Coronavirus Financial Hardship fund 2022

    At least £1m is available to be distributed to musicians whose needs are deemed greatest.

    This new round will see a one-off payment of at least £250 made to those eligible, with higher amounts available to those in the most challenging financial conditions if we have sufficient funds.

    Deadline: 14.02.2022

    Open fund for music creators

    Grants of upto £5k to support the development of ‘outstanding’ UK songwriters and composers of all genres and backgrounds, at different stages of their career.

    The fund can support projects by songwriters, composers, artists, bands, producers and performers who are writing their own music or commissioning others.

    Deadline: 6pm 15.03.2022

    Sustainability fund

    Intended for organisations that have been awarded a capital grant from the Wolfson Foundation before January 2020 and who need to improve the environmental and financial sustainability of their buildings.

    The grants can cover refurbishment, maintenance works and equipment that have environmental benefits.

    Grants will be awarded in the range of £10,000 to £50,000 with up to 100% of funding offered, including irrecoverable VAT.

    Deadline: 25.04.2022 (5pm)

    Arts Society Spring Grant Round

    The Arts Society is offering grants of up to £3,000 for UK-registered charities with an annual turnover of less than £3 million to deliver projects and activities that engage young people with the arts, support skills development and training in the arts and heritage sector and support local and regional art organisations and museums.

    Deadline: 31.03.2022

    International Playwriting Award

    The award is for debut and emerging writers of all ages who have not yet had a full-length professional production.

    Winners will receive £3,000 in prize money and £3,000 as an advance against 8% of the gross box office, to grant Theatre503 the exclusive license to produce the play for up to 18 months after the announcement of the award.

    Debut and emerging playwrights from across the world may apply.

    Deadline: 21.03.2022 (12pm)

    YIncubator fund

    Grants of £5,000 to £30,000 are available to businesses, collectives, and not-for-profits working in the music industries.

    The fund is designed to create sustainable, meaningful career opportunities for young people aged 18-25, particularly those who are currently unrepresented in the sector and to support creative employers to innovate and incubate new and diverse talent.

    Deadline: 22.04.2022 (5pm)

    Scoping Grants 2022

    Scoping Grants of up to £3,000 are open to registered charities, public sector bodies and other not-for-profit organisations across the UK.

    The grants fund an assessment report incorporating expert advice on a range of areas relating to collections management and the development of your collection. This is a rolling programme with decisions made on a quarterly basis.

    Round 15: 24.05.2022

    Scops Arts trust

    Grants of up to £30,000 to registered charities, and other constituted, not-for-profit organisations, to deliver projects and activities that give people of all ages a better quality of life by enabling them to understand, participate in, and enjoy the arts.

    Deadline: 26.04.2022 (12pm)

    2023-26 investment programme

    Two separate funding programmes, intended to support ACE’s 10-year strategy, Let’s Create:

    • National Portfolio Organisations (NPO)
    • Investment Principles Support Organisations (IPSO)

    Open to arts organisations, museums, local authorities and libraries, with successful applicants receiving a minimum of £50,000 a year for three years.

    Applications: 14.02.2022 – 26.04.2022

    Film & TV Production Restart Scheme

    To support the film and television industry restart production in the UK, by making direct compensation available to eligible film and television producers.

    EXTENSION ANNOUNCED  to enable approximately 400 additional productions to benefit from its support.

    Deadline: 30.04.2022

    small grants programme

    Supported by The Linbury Trust, to fund small projects that make a big impact to a theatre’s resilience, sustainability or accessibility.

    Grants of up to £5,000 are available for essential works to enable not-for-profit theatres across the UK to be viable and thrive in the future.

    Deadline: 03.05.2022 (12pm)

    Everyday Heritage Grants: Celebrating Working Class Histories

    Grants of up to £25,000 for projects which engage with a wide range of heritage and enable people to creatively share overlooked or untold stories of their communities.

    Activities should provide innovative volunteering opportunities for young people or people facing loneliness or isolation, as well as contribute positively to participants’ wellbeing.

    Deadline: 23.05.2022

    Youth Music NextGen Fund

    The Youth Music NextGen Fund offers young creatives grants of up to £2,500 to make their ideas happen.

    Built for creatives with a stack of ideas but a lack of finance, the fund is open to 18–25-year-olds (and under-30s who identify as Disabled).

    Deadline: 23.05.2022 (5pm)


    The bruntwood prize for playwriting

    The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting is an opportunity for writers of any background and experience to enter unperformed plays for chance to win a financial prize.

    All plays are submitted anonmously. 

    The 2022 prize fund totals £40,000, with a first prize of £16,000.

    Deadline: 06.06.2022

    National lottery awards

    now accepting nominations for awards recognising individuals or groups in the following categories:

    Arts, education, health, environment, sport, heritage, community/charity and young hero (under 18s).

    One winner from each category will receive a £5,000 cash prize along with a National Lottery Awards trophy.

    Deadline: 01.06.2022

    New Ideas Fund

    The New Ideas Fund aims are to support growth of the screen sector in England. The New Ideas fund is a programme of small grants for creative entrepreneurs and companies working in moving image for storytelling.

    Grants of between £1000 and £25,000 are available.

    Queen's Platinum Jubilee Fund

    The £5million programme will support community and voluntary organisations in England to develop creative and cultural activities as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June 2022.

    The Let’s Create Platinum Jubilee Fund will provide grants of between £750 and £10,000 for activities which celebrate the Jubilee whilst also involving local people and communities.

    Projects must engage with at least one of the artforms supported by Arts Council England.