Arts & Culture Funders

Funding opportunities for arts and culture


The February Foundation offers grants around £8,700 to registered charities supporting; arts, culture, disability, education, end of life care, financial hardship, healthcare and patient support and heritage. Applications can be submitted at any time.

The Marsh Christian Trust offers grants between £300 to £2,000 to registered charities (not CICs ) with annual incomes under £25,00. The grant can be used for core costs, such as volunteer expenses, training days, equipment maintenance and other core outgoings. Areas funded by the Trust include: arts and heritage, education and training, environmental causes and animal welfare, healthcare and social welfare. Applications can be submitted at any time.

The Jeremy and John Sacher Charitable Trust offers grants between £1,000 to £22,900 (average award was £7,000) to registered charities across a wide range of issues. They have previously funded a Literacy Festival, Community Choir, Counselling Trust and Theatre Trust. The Trust does not operate a website, more details can be found on the Charity Commission site.

The D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust offers grants between £500 and £5,000 to registered charities working in the fields of the advancement of the arts, health and medical welfare and environmental protection or improvement. Single grants over a one year period. The Trustees meet three times a year, the next deadline for applications is Wednesday 10th February 2021 for their meeting in March 2021.

The Woodward Charitable Trust offers core funding up to £3,000 for small charities working in the areas of arts, disability, disadvantaged women and families, isolated children and young people, minority groups and prisoners and ex-offenders. Registered charities, CICs and CIOs with an annual income of less than £200,000 are invited to apply. The round opens for applications on Wednesday 9th November.

The Ralph Levy Charitable Company Limited offers grants up to £6,000 for registered charities working in the areas of the arts, education, medicine and social welfare. The trust does not operate a website, for details of how to apply please contact: A J Terroni, Company Secretary, The Ralph Levy Charitable Company Limited, 116 Piccadilly, London, W1J 7BJ. Email:

The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation have reopened their small grants programme. From Monday 12th October charitable organisations, registered charities, voluntary organisations, CICs, social enterprises and not for profit registered companies can apply for grants between £2,000 to £7,5000 for one year. Themes include: arts, heritage, education and community support projects. The small grants come under two areas, revenue costs or capital costs. The programme is rolling with no application deadlines.(Their Major grants programme is set to open on the 9th November, grants between £7,500 to £60,000 for either revenue or capital costs)

Garfield Weston have announced a new £25 million fund to support the cultural sector as it attempts to recover following Covid-19. Museums, performing, visual and literary arts organisations are able to apply. Organisations must have a pre-Covid income of at least £500,000 to be able to apply for the grants (ranging between £100,000 to £2 million) Applications open on Monday 5th October and close on Monday 9th November.

The Graff Foundation are a general grant making charity that has previously awarded grants between £500 to £80,000. Although their outcomes state that they will provide capital funds to organisations in which the Trustees discretion think fit, they have shown a favour to art-based initiatives in the past. The Foundation does not operate a website. Applications can be submitted in writing. More details can be found on the charity commission website.

The Steel Charitable Trust offers grants between £2,500 to £25,000 to registered charities, CICS and CIOs. They have 7 key areas of interest: arts, economic disadvantage, education, environment, health, heritage and social disadvantage. Grants can be used for projects, capital and core costs. The deadline for applications is Wednesday 20th January 2021.

The E S G Robinson Charitable Trust offers grants around £1,000 to registered charities, with a preference for the West Country. Areas supported include: music and the arts, numismatics, older people, people who are disadvantaged, the environment, conservation and young people. The Trust does not operate a website, more information is available on the Charity Commission website.

The Fat Beehive Foundation is offering small charities grants up to £2,500 to help improve online digital presence. Funding will help organisations build websites and apps, digitise services and purchase digital products. Priority will be given to projects that focus on: environmental protection, human rights, international development, equality and diversity, social justice, education, arts and culture, health and wellbeing and prisioner rehabillitation. Applications can be submitted at anytime with quarterly Trustee meetings.

The Scottish Power Foundation offers grants between £35,000 and £200,000 to registered charities working in arts and culture, citizenship, community development, disability, education, environmental protection, heritage and the relief of poverty. Applications need to be project specific, not for general running costs. Grants can be used to cover salaries for projects. The deadline for applications is Thursday 24th September.

The Denise Coats Foundation (previously the bet365 foundation) provides grants to registered charities to support local work within communities. Grants between £20,000 - £250,000 for charitable projects within arts and culture. The trust does not maintain a website, to apply a formal application and presentation will need to be made to the Trustees. Telephone 08564 000365 to find out more.

The Elephant Trust offers grants up to £2,000 to artists in the fine arts, small organisations and galleries with new and imaginative ideas for making or producing new work or exhibitions. Deadline of Monday 25th January 2021.


Follow the links below for the most up to date information.

Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grants

Arts Award Access Fund

Clore Duffield – Main Grants

Cultural Impact Development Fund 

Esmee Fairbairn Foundation

The Fidelio Trust 

Finnis Scott Foundation

Foyle Foundation

Garfield Weston Foundation

The Golsoncott Foundation 

The Idlewild Trust 

John Ellerman Foundation

Music for All

Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Paul Hamlyn Foundation – Arts Access and Participation Fund

Paul Hamlyn Foundation – Arts-based Learning Fund

PRS - Open Fund for Organisations

The Radcliffe Trust  

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation

The UK Theatres Small Grants Scheme