National Funding for the Arts

Funding Central

Funding Central is a free website for charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. The site provides access to thousands of funding and finance opportunities, plus a wealth of tools and resources supporting organisations to develop sustainable income strategies appropriate to their needs.

View the Funding Central website.

Arts Council England Website

A useful source of information on other sources of funding can be found on the Arts Council website. They list some of the main sources of funding for the arts in the UK, particularly for those activities that the Arts Council do not provide garnts for.

View the Arts Council England website.

National Funding Schemes

Grants for the Arts
Grants for the arts is an open-application funding programme, which funds arts activities that engage people in England, or that help artists and arts organisations carry out their work: View Grants for the Arts

Awards for All (National Lottery)
Awards for All is a grants programme set up to help small groups. It is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Arts Council of England and Sport England: View the Awards for All website.

The National Lottery
As well as the links to Awards for All and Big Lottery above, you can find out which organisations in your area have received Lottery grants and what the money was spent on here: View the Lottery culture website.

The Big Lottery Fund
The Big Lottery Fund provides funding for charities, voluntary organisations, and projects that improve the health, education and environment of communities:

Heritage Lottery Fund
The Heritage Lottery Fund helps communities to celebrate, look after and learn more about our heritage:

Lottery funding
This is a joint website run by all those who provide funding from the National Lottery. This site allows you to search for information on funding:

NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts)
NESTA runs various funding schemes to encourage UK talent and innovation in science, technology and art industries.

British Film Institute (BFI)
BFI is the lead body for film in the UK. The film fund distributes lottery funds to support film makers in the UK who are emerging or world class and capable of creating distinctive and entertaining work

Youth Music
Youth Music is a UK-wide charity that targets young people living in areas of social and economic need. The charity funds music activities run by not-for-profit organisations for people aged up to 18:

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
The foundation supports original projects, particularly those which take place outside London. Their arts funding programme is mainly for professional arts organisations or professional artists working in partnerships or groups:

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
The foundation is one of the largest independent foundations that provide grants in the UK. Approximately 75% of its Arts & Heritage grants budget go to the arts and 25% to heritage projects:

The Peter De Haan Charitable Trust
Grants are awarded to organisations that provide opportunities to take part in the arts in educational and community settings, especially for people or groups with limited access to the arts:

The Baring Foundation
The Baring Foundation was set up in 1969 to give money to charities and voluntary organisations set up for charitable purposes. They have specific grants programmes concerned with strengthening the voluntary sector, the arts and international development:

The Clore Duffield Foundation
The foundation concentrates its support on education, the arts, museum and gallery education, health, social care and disability, placing a particular emphasis on supporting children, young people and more vulnerable people such as people with learning disabilities:

The Foyle Foundation
The foundation is an independent trust that gives grants to UK charities whose main work is in the areas of learning, arts and health. Its priorities are to help make the arts more accessible by developing new audiences, supporting tours, festivals and arts education projects, encouraging new work, and supporting young and emerging artists:

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation
The arts programme encourages new ways for people in the UK to enjoy, experience and be involved in the arts. Funding benefits organisations and groups through the grants scheme and special projects:

[Source: Arts Council England 'Other Sources of Funding']

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