Funding, Grants, Bursaries & Support
Arts Council England (ACE)
ACE provides funding on a national basis, supporting theatre that serves communities and is targeted for specific audiences. According to their website, they “champion artistic collaborations and ideas that increase opportunities for a wide range of artists and participants to experience the transformative powers of theatre.” They also provide funding over a three year period through the National portfolio.
Developing your Creative Practice
Developing your Creative Practice is a new development fund 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.
Enterprise Relief Fund
The £5million Enterprise Relief Fund will offer grants to 18 to 30-year olds across the UK who are self-employed and/or running their own business. In conjunction with cash grants, the initiative will offer one-to-one support and guidance to anyone who needs it and who may be worried about their future.
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Jerwood Arts Performing Arts Micro Bursaries
The Performing Arts Micro Bursaries support independent artists and producers with awards of between £250 and £1,000. We are interested in proposals for development activities in the performing arts where a clear and specific learning opportunity has been identified. This could be for the making of new work, research, travel, training or mentoring.
Kent Investment Fund
Our Arts Investment Fund helps organisations in Kent by funding projects to develop high quality arts and cultural activities. This boosts the local economy by improving arts and culture for people living in, working in and visiting Kent and develops the reputation of the county as a world class cultural location.
Live Theatre Bursaries
Live Theatre’s bursaries are aimed at supporting exciting and innovative approaches to story led theatre making. Bursary winners were selected through an open call-out that launched in spring 2020. The winners demonstrate outstanding and imaginative theatrical ideas with something new and unexpected to say.
National Youth Arts Trust
Grant music bursaries, dance bursaries and drama bursaries, up to £1,000 each, to talented young people aged 12-25 who can’t afford to access opportunities in the arts. A bursary typically pays for a year’s part time dance, music or drama classes, and it can be used to cover some other expenses and costs too, including tuition fees at drama school.
The Awesome Foundation
The Awesome Foundation is a global community advancing the interest of awesome in the universe, $1000 at a time. These micro-grants, $1000 or the local equivalent, come out of pockets of the chapter's "trustees" and are given on a no-strings-attached basis to people and groups working on awesome projects.
The Noël Coward Foundation
Its aim is to award grants to educational and development projects across the Arts and to continue the keen interest Coward himself took in charitable work during his lifetime. The Foundation is proud to support a diverse range of outstanding organisations working in theatre, music, playwriting, academic research and many other areas.
UK Research & Innovation - Arts and Humanities Research Council
We offer funding and support across all academic disciplines and industrial areas from the medical and biological sciences to astronomy, physics, chemistry and engineering, social sciences, economics, environmental sciences, and the arts and humanities.
Who we support:
Community-led projects that involve people with the science that shapes their lives. Innovative projects in the creative industries. Investing in organisations, to help them become more financially sustainable. Partnerships with organisations that can reach a range of different audiences.
We offer 16-25 year olds who are passionate about the arts and humanities a year of free mentoring. Mentors help Young Talent set goals, explore their interests and make decisions about higher education, training and careers. We work long term with young people in London, Greater Manchester and Merseyside.
Dance Professionals Fund
Whether you need a grant due to illness or injury, with support for everyday living costs or with crisis funding for the unexpected, we can help. We also support dance professionals through a range of specialist bursary schemes. Our confidential advice and financial support are tailored to your needs and have helped hundreds of dance professionals just like you.
We believe in art education for everyone, to raise aspirations and empower people to transform their opportunities in life. Our current funding priorities are to support organisations and programmes that enable everyone, regardless of background or location, to access and take part in the creation and enjoyment of art.
Lisa Ullmann Travelling Scholarship Fund
LUTSF supports individuals working in all areas of movement and dance who wish to travel in order to enrich their professional practice. Applications are welcomed from choreographers, performers, lecturers, teachers, writers, therapists, administrators, producers and related professionals.
Odin Charitable Trust
The Odin Charitable Trust supports general charitable causes however has a preference for: the arts; care for people who are disabled and disadvantaged people; hospices; homeless people; prisoners’ families; refugees; gypsies and ‘tribal groups’; and research into false memories and dyslexia.
The Victoria Wood Foundation
The Victoria Wood Foundation was set up after the death of Victoria Wood. It seeks to support the areas of the arts that Victoria was interested in in her lifetime, and in the parts of the country where she spent most of her life, in and around London and in the North of England.
The William Syson Foundation
The advancement of the arts, heritage and culture, including promoting, developing and ensuring the practice and enjoyment of the arts, including music, the visual arts, theatre and literature. The charity will have a particular focus on Scottish organisations and individuals resident in Scotland.
Ian Mckellen Producer Grant
The Aim of the grant:
To support emerging producers and production companies.
To allow producers to employ and correctly pay as many people as possible.
To enable productions that would otherwise be financially unviable due to cast size. Grants will favour those productions that break even BECAUSE of this money.
The grant is for producing plays – both new plays and revivals.
Grants can be given to groups working in the areas of: Animal Rights, Environmental Protection and Human Rights. Charity Pot grants provide one-off funding to small, grassroots organisations. We prioritise projects that aim to create long-term change as Lush believe it is important to fund projects aiming to target the root cause of a problem, not just its effects.
Paul Hamlyn Foundation
One of the largest independent grant-making foundations in the UK. They use their resources to support social change, working towards a just and equitable society in which everyone, especially young people, can realise their full potential and enjoy fulfilling and creative lives.
Designed to offer insights into and context around independent producing practices happening across the arts sector. By offering a large pool of free resources, learning opportunities for independent producers, space for discussion and writings from some of the best in the theatre, live art and dance sectors we want to support and encourage independent producers at all career stages.
Queen Elizabeth Schlorship Fund
The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) supports the training and education of talented and aspiring craftspeople through traditional college courses, vocational training, apprenticeships and one-to-one training with a master craftsperson; helping to support Britain’s cultural heritage and sustain vital skills in traditional and contemporary crafts.
The Carne Trust
The Trust provides scholarships to individuals selected by those institutions, both on the basis of talent and financial need. The Trust has a strong interest in the career development of its young artists, and offers limited financial help to them after graduation, as well as to other talented individuals and groups, during their transition to the commercial artistic world.
The Peggy Ramsay Foundation
The Peggy Ramsay Foundation’s purpose is to help writers and writing for the stage. It was established in pursuance of this objective. The Peggy Ramsay Foundation seeks to perpetuate Peggy Ramsay’s ideals, by directly helping dramatists at very different stages of experience in ways which are determined to keep as quick and unbureaucratic as possible.
William Wates Memorial Trust
The Trust is a grants giving registered charity set up in 1998 with a mission to help the most disadvantaged young people keep away from a life of crime and violence, and fulfil their potential. This is mainly achieved by supporting charities that engage young people through the mediums of sports, arts and education.