Funding & Support

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360 Giving

Helps organisations openly publish grants data, and helps people use it to improve charitable giving.

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Artquest

A guide for When and How to apply for grants.

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Arts Council Northern Ireland

Arts Council investment supports the full range of arts activity throughout Northern Ireland.

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Arts Emergency

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.

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Black Artists Grant

The Black Artists Grant is £1,000 given out monthly to black artists in the UK, with each artist selected receiving £500 each.

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Bristol Arts & Culture Funding 

Information about arts and culture funding and how to apply.

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Clive Richards Foundation

The focus of the Foundation is to support Education, Healthcare, Heritage, Arts and Overseas Education.

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CO OP

The Co-op Local Community Fund supports projects across the UK that our members care about. Every time our members buy selected Co-op branded products and services, we'll give local causes a helping hand.

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Crime Prevention Fund

This £200,000 fund offers grants of up to £20,000 for community projects that help to deliver effective approaches to prevent crime from happening in the first place, to reduce overall crime and to keep our communities safe.

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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. 

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Disability Arts

Sharing Disability Arts & Culture with the World

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Elmbridge Borough Council

Sources of grants, funding, and information through Elmbridge Borough Council.

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Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

Esmée Fairbairn make unrestricted, core and project grants for charitable work in the UK.

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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.

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Funding For All

Funding for All provides free, expert fundraising advice to small charities, voluntary organisations, community groups and social enterprises from across Kent and Medway.

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Future Screens

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. 

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Goethe Institut

The Department of Theatre/Dance offers theatre and dance professionals various grants at home and abroad to enable exchange, encounters and discussions in the field of performing arts internationally and in Germany.

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Greggs Foundation

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.  

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Heritage Lottery Fund

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) offers awards between £10,000 and £100,000 for projects that preserve heritage or increase people’s understanding of it. This includes helping local groups preserve local traditions and culture.

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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Lewisham Council Funding Resources

Find out about the different organisations that offer funding, or can help you get access to it.

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LUSH Grants

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.

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Michael Grandage Company Bursaries

Guiding and supporting the theatre-makers of the future.

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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.

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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.

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Outdoor Arts UK

We provide regular updates on funding opportunities, jobs, call-outs and commissions.

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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.

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Pureland Foundation

The Pureland Foundation supports charitable endeavours to promote social inclusion, spiritual and emotional wellbeing. It also aims to enrich lives and build communities through culture, particularly the creative arts and music.

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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.

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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

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Split Infinitive

The Trust's main area of interest is in supporting live and performance arts, in general and in education. Applications with a Yorkshire or regional focus are favoured. Split Infinitive is a small trust with limited funds to distribute annually.

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Suez Trust

The Community Fund offers grants of up to £50,000 to ‘not for profit organisations wishing to improve leisure and recreation facilities’ like theatres.

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The Arts Development Company

We at the Arts Development Company strengthen the arts and culture sector and develop innovative, collaborative and creative solutions that transform people, place and community.

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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.

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The Floor Creator Fund 

We are offering £500 to a Creator (of any discipline) to support their work.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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The Theatres Trust

With a mission to protect theatres for everyone, the Theatre Trust offers grants of up to £5000 for theatres run by charities and not-for-profit groups to carry out capital improvements to enhance their work within the local community.

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The White Pube

This library is a resource of successful funding applications that you can learn from.

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The Zetland Foundation

The Zetland Foundation is a registered charity which provides support – both financial and moral – for highly talented young people in the Arts. 

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Unlimted

Unlimited is an arts commissioning programme that enables new work by disabled artists to reach UK and international audiences.

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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.

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Actors' Benevolent Fund

We are here for professional actors and stage managers who are in need due to illness, injury, or old age.

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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.

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Arts Council Support

We offer free access support for arts council funding applications. We can help you complete your arts council England form.

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BFI Funding Finder

Find out about funding schemes, opportunities and activities in your area and how to contact your local talent executive.

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Boots Charitable Trust

We fund registered charities and also smaller voluntary organisations benefiting people who live in Nottinghamshire.

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Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

We are interested in working with organisations to identify needs and to develop projects which address them. We seek to work with organisations developing ‘next practice’, trialling new – potentially more effective – approaches or addressing unmet needs.

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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. 

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Creative People and Places

Creative People and Places is about more people choosing, creating and taking part in brilliant art experiences in the places where they live.

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Dance & Drama Awards

You could get a Dance and Drama Award (DaDA) to help with fees and living costs at one of 17 private dance and drama schools.

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Directory of Social Change 

Applications as well as fundraising resources, funding sources, trusts, foundations, and campaigns. 

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Dogs & Coffee

At Dogs and Coffee, we're on a mission to get you your next job in the arts, entertainment and media sectors, with a big dose of motivation, laughter and musical theatre numbers along the way. 

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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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Facebook Small Business Grants

Facebook has provided USD 100M in cash grants and ad credits to help small businesses across over 30 countries through our Small Business Grants programme. 

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Foyle Foundation

The Foundation supports performing arts projects, with an emphasis on education and ‘encouraging new work and supporting young and emerging artists.’ They are interested in projects that develop new audiences, providing funding for tours and festivals to facilitate this. 

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Funding Network

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!

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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.

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Grants Finder

GrantFinder is the leading funding database in the UK covering local, national, and international sources of funding.

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Help Musicians

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.

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House Resources

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.

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ITC Arts

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.

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Kent Community Foundation

Kent Community Foundation create strong local communities by connecting those who want to help with those seeking help.

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Live Art Development Agency

LADA offers artistic and professional development opportunities for artists, curators, Higher Education and the Live Art infrastructure.

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London Community Foundation

List of grants availiable for different communities.

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Mercers Company

Mercers Company Provides grants to UK registered charities to promote the arts with a focus on supporting young professional performers at the start of their careers.

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My Funding Central

Helping charities and voluntary organisations identify funding opportunities.

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NESTA

A £23 million social impact investment fund offering loans between £150,000 and £1 million to help organisations in the arts, cultural and heritage sectors build resilience and deliver social outcomes.

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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.

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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.

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Producer Gathering

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.

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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.

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Royal Philharmonic Society

The Royal Philharmonic Society is proud to help composers and choreographers bring exciting new works to life, through the RPS Drummond Fund.

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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.

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Spotlights Guide to funding your Performing Arts Training and Career

Funds, Bursaries and Awards you should know about to help to pursue your passion in the Arts.

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Swedish Research Council

The purpose of the project grant is to give researchers the freedom to formulate by themselves the research idea, method and implementation, and to solve a specific research task within a limited period.

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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.

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The Elephant Trust

The Elephant Trust was created in 1975 by Roland Penrose and Lee Miller with a view to develop and improve the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the fine arts in the United Kingdom.

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The Foyle Foundation

The Main Grants Scheme supports charities registered and operating in the United Kingdom with a core remit of the Arts or Learning.

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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.

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The Peter De Haan Charitable Trust

Founded in 1999, The Peter De Haan Charitable Trust has improved the quality of life for people and communities in the UK through its work with environmental, arts and community welfare, donating £28.6 million to organisations working in these areas. 

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The Royal Theatrical Fund

The Fund offers support for people of all ages who have worked in the entertainment industry and need assistance due to illness, accident or old age.

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The UK Sponsorship Database

The premier online database of UK sponsorship opportunities.

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The Wolfson Foundation

We award grants to support and promote excellence in education, science & medicine, heritage, humanities & the arts and health & disability.

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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.

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Wellcome

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.

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Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation

The Foundation offers grants to promote the arts as well as funding 10 musical theatre course scholarships each year at UK musical theatre colleges. 

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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.

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Arts Council Wales

One of the ways that we support the arts is through the funding that we give to individuals and organisations.

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BFI Network

Discovering, Developing and Funding New Filmmakers

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Bradford Producing Hub

Introduction to Fundraising aims to increase fundraising knowledge for the live arts sector in Bradford. 

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Climate Fringe

We are inviting applications from grassroots and community groups in Scotland who wish to create an event/activity for the Climate Fringe. 

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Consortium

Since 2019 Consortium is delighted to have received funding to run several grants programmes for the LGBT+ sector. 

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Creative Scotland

Creative Scotland distributes funding for the arts, screen and creative industries from two primary sources, the Scottish Government and the National Lottery.

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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.

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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.

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Donor Grant Tracking

Analyse the grants made by UK grant-makers who have donated more than £1,000,000 over the last five years. When those grants are made to registered charities we can dig deeper into the data to see the type of organisations that they favour.

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Equity Charitable Trust

Equity offer welfare grants. You do not need to be an equity member to apply but you must be an industry professional who is eligible for an Equity card.

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FLAMIN

Funding for the moving image sector.

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Freelands Foundation

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.

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Funds Online

It’s a database with over 8,000 funders with the potential to give away billions of pounds overall to organisations and individuals.

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Garrick Trust

The Garrick Trust aims to encourage theatre by focussing on helping professional organisations in need of financial support. They have a particular interest in helping actors, directors, writers, musicians, composers and choreographers in the early stages of their careers.

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Grants Online

The UK's most comprehensive and up to date UK grant funding information service.

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Henry Moore Foundation

We support the growth and development of sculpture through our Grants programme.

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Idlewild Trust 

Idlewild Trust awards grants in two areas within the Arts and Conservation.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Lloyds TSB Foundation

The Lloyds Community Programme provides support to underfunded charities (12 months reserves or less) working to tackle disadvantage. 

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Metro Charity

Apply for a grant for your LGBTQ+ led group or organisation.

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National Lottery

Community Fund

Awards money raised by National Lottery players to fund great ideas that help communities to thrive.

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New Creatives

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.

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Outdoor Arts in Wales

Articulture provide regular updates on funding opportunities, jobs, call-outs and commissions.

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Platform

A support and development opportunity for emerging writers.

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PRS Foundation

Has many initiatives that provide financial support for the creation, performance, and/or promotion of outstanding music.

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Raze Collective 

Raze is a charity established to support, develop and nurture queer performance in the UK.

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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.

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Spacehive

Spacehive is a funding platform for

ideas that bring local places to life.

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Stage One Bursary Awards

Our bursary awards provide independent producers the financial and practical support needed to mount their first commercial productions.

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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.

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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.

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The Fenton Arts Trust

The Trust focuses its efforts specifically on the support of artists and actors at the beginning of their careers. Each year there are 25-30 beneficiaries.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Society of Authors

The Society of Authors administers a number of grants for writers. Our grants help fund works in progress and support authors in financial difficulty.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Westminster Foundation 

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.

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