Arts & Culture Finance
Arts & Culture Finance sits within Nesta’s Investments directorate and contributes to the organisation’s wider work in the Creative Economy. We manage several social impact investment funds aimed at organisations in the arts and cultural sector on behalf of our funding partners.
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Fleabag Support Fund
The FLEABAG SUPPORT FUND, (FSF) aims to be a complimentary alternative support grant to the already existing charitable funds available to people working in theatre at this time.
Future Screens Open Calls are targeted towards funding co-created collaborative partnerships between industry and academic research partners at Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University.
North East Core Funding provides grants of up to £45,000 to charitable organisations based in the North East of England who are making a real difference in their communities. These grants are to help those organisations increase their capacity to provide quality services.
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.
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.
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.
Open Society Foundations
Every year the Open Society Foundations give thousands of grants to groups and individuals that work on the issues we care about: promoting democracy, transparency, and freedom of speech.
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.
Scottish Highlands Creative Fund
The Highland Youth Arts Hub is supporting 19 emerging artists with:
an award of £1,000 each
12 hours of mentoring from a professional artist
the opportunity to take part in a series of Creative Conversations
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 Mackintosh Foundation
The Mackintosh Foundation gives priority to: the theatre and the performing arts, medical aid particularly research into cancer and HIV and AIDS, homelessness, community project, the environment, refugees.
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.
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.
Arts Admin Bursary Scheme
The Bursary scheme offers a maximum of six bursaries to UK-based artists at any stage in their career working in live art, contemporary performance and interdisciplinary practice.
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.
Directors Support Scheme
The Directors Support Scheme offers emergency help to Directors in acute need and is designed for short-term support. It is not suitable for those in need of long-term, continuous assistance.
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.
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.
Garfield Weston Foundation
The Foundation continues to support organisations that delight and inspire audiences across the UK. From small community theatre groups to national art galleries, the Foundation has long supported the nation’s cultural life.
Every year, Help Musicians give grants, provide opportunities and offer advice to talented musicians in the final stages of training and the first few years of working professionally.
Innovate UK Smart Grants
Opportunity for UK registered organisations to apply for a share of up to £25 million from Innovate UK to deliver game-changing and commercially viable R&D innovation that can significantly impact the UK economy.
John Feeney Trust
The trust benefits any one or more of the public charities in the City of Birmingham, or for the promotion and cultivation of art in the City of Birmingham, or for the acquisition and maintenance of parks recreation grounds and open spaces in or near the City.
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.
New Creatives North is an exciting talent development scheme that offers opportunities for creators to be mentored by experienced artists to make new artistic works in film, audio or interactive media, designed for BBC channels and platforms.
Royal Literary Fund
The Royal Literary Fund is a UK charity that has been helping authors since 1790. It provides grants and pensions to writers in financial difficulty; it also places writers in universities to help students develop their writing.
Sheffiled Theatre’s and Cast 4×4 commissions
This call out is a development opportunity aimed at artists, companies and makers of live performance to support your work for a period of four months during this transitional period.
The Baring Foundation
With this funding, we are offering modest, unrestricted grants to established organisations in the UK that focus solely on offering creative opportunities to people of any age living with mental health problems using the skills of professionally trained artists.
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.
The Ragdoll Foundation
The Ragdoll Foundation’s Open Grants Scheme supports the cultural sector’s work with children and young people. Our vision is to support high quality, innovative arts engagement projects where the concerns of childhood can be heard.
Unity Theatre Trust
Unity Theatre Trust was set up as a charity in the spirit of their traditions. The main objectives of the Trust are to advance the education of the public by fostering, promoting and increasing the interest of people in the art of drama and co-related arts.
Grant process is focused upon inspiring children and young people with opportunities to thrive, build confidence, working with organisations who support families, schools and local communities.
Clore Duffield Foundation
The majority of the Foundation's support is directed towards the cultural sector, and in particular to cultural learning and to museum, gallery, heritage and performing arts learning spaces.
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.
At our live crowdfunding events, you will meet and hear from changemakers with solutions to social issues. Each has six minutes to tell you about the change they are making and how you can support them, then you have six minutes to ask them questions. Once that's done, our expert pledge master will take you through the live crowdfunding session. You can give money, time or expertise, everything is appreciated!
House Theatre have put together a section to support best working practice in touring and the wider theatre sector. All resources featured can be shared and downloaded for free.
The Independent Theatre Council represents, supports and develops the professional performing arts in the UK. ITC's commitment to representing your interests includes advice on management, financial and legal matters, peer learning, training opportunities and a professional network.
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.
Postcode Places Trust
The aim of Postcode Places Trust is to support smaller charities and good causes in the east of England to make a difference to their community for the benefit of people and planet. Players of People’s Postcode Lottery have funded good causes in every postcode area in Britain.
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.
Royal Society of Literature
Each year, after an open call for proposals, the Awards are given to individual writers or other literary creators, recognising their past achievements and providing them with financial support to undertake a proposed new piece of writing or literary project.
Sky Writes is a development programme for new writers. It is free to take part in and is designed to support access to writing for the television industry by those from under-represented groups.
Tesco Community Grants
Tesco community grants fund thousands of local projects in communities right across the UK. To date they have helped people to improve community buildings and outdoor spaces, to buy new equipment, to train coaches or volunteers, to host community events and much more.
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 London Community Foundation
Our mission is to help small grassroots organisations grow, by supporting them with crucial funding as well as advice. We believe in sharing our knowledge to help people improve projects, so they make an even greater impact.
The Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award
The award is designed for artists who are at the stage in their career where they can demonstrably benefit from moving onto a fully resourced and funded production. It is there to help artists move on to the next level in their professional career.
The Rayne Foundation
The Rayne Foundation makes grants to charitable and not-for-profit organisations across the UK tackling a variety of social issues. We are especially interested in the arts, health and education.
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.
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.