Below is a list of organisations giving grants, bursaries or cash prize to artists in the UK listed in alphabetical order. Included here is available information taken from institutions' website. Where feasible, their annual expenditure is listed next to website addresses to give a sense of scale of giving. Many of these institutions have a regular programme of grants, and funds open and close throughout the year. Even if the fund deadlines mentioned in this document have passed, it’s worth checking on their website for new rounds of funding or new opportunities.
This information was last updated on 18 March 2021
Artist Support Pledge
This initiative doesn’t really fit into the ‘grant giving’ category, but it deserves a mention as it offers a truly innovative way to think about and deliver art funding via peer-to-peer support: created by Matthew Burrows, the Artist Support Pledge completely reimagines the market for art and support for artists. Artists who wish to participate post their work on their Instagram account using the Artist Support Pledge hashtag. The price for the artwork should be no more than £200/$200/€200. When they have sold £1,000/$1,000/€1,000 worth of work, they fulfil the pledge by spending $200 (or equivalent) on another artist’s work.
Arts Council England (ACE)
https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/funding (Total expenditure: £635,374,000, Mar 2019)
Receives Grant-in-Aid funding from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and from the National Lottery, which it distributes through various funds
In 2018 ACE set a budget of £622m per year for three main funding streams (National Portfolio, Grants for Arts and Culture, strategic funds)
Funding objectives are encapsulated by their new 10-year strategy ‘Let’s Create’ which aims to: strengthen and extend the work that is already underway in involving wider audiences; ensure that the UK’s diversity is fully reflected in the culture it produces; inspire and collaborate on the international stage; support individual curators, librarians, producers and artists of every kind, particularly deaf and disabled people, people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, women, and those from lower socio-economic backgrounds; and support emerging or mid-career artists at crucial moments.
National Lottery Project Grants
This round is open until 31 August 2021
Due to Covid the fund is keen to support Individual creative practitioners; research and development activity; organisational development activity; live activity and activity that closely aligns with ACE's Equality Objectives (detail here). It is no longer necessary to have 10% match funding.
Individuals can apply for grants (either below or above £15,000) provided that they: live, or have a business address in, the UK; have a UK bank account in the exact name they’re applying in; are at least 18 years old; the individual’s project must be based on at least one of the following disciplines - music, theatre, dance, visual arts, literature, combined arts, museums and collections, libraries. Follow the link here for full information about how to apply for such grants.
Examples of previous successful applicants and/or projects:
Mark Ware, artist, 2016, Wavelength Project, supported with a grant of £43,927. Detail about the project here.
Mark collected field samples of natural and artificial sounds and then, in collaboration with neuroscientists at the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science in Brighton, he played these sounds back to volunteers and recorded their brain activity using an MRI scanner. Findings suggested that exposure to natural sounds may be beneficial to mental health, by reducing the likelihood of self-referential and evaluative thoughts, while improving broad attentional focus.
Vicky Lindo, artist, The Dead Dad Book, supported with a grant of £6,686. Detail of the project here.
As a mid-career Devon-based ceramic artist, the funding enabled her to work on her creative and artistic development without the pressure of making commercial sales. The Dead Dad Book is based on research into the life of Vicky’s late father, Michael Anthony (Mick) Lindo, who travelled alone to England from Jamaica as part of the Windrush Generation, when he was just 11 years-old. The project is particularly relevant to audiences that have experienced family fragmentation, addiction or alcoholism.
Developing Your Creative Practice Fund (DYCP)
Particularly relevant for this research, this fund is aimed at early to mid-career artists who need to make a major change or carry out a period of focused development work.
In the latest round (Round 8) ACE financed 824 individuals and freelancers through DYCP grants, spending over £7m
Grants of £2,000 to £10,000, for activities up to 1 year (usually between £6-9k)
4 deadlines per year, the current round has closed new dates to be announced shortly.
Eligibility Criteria: apply as an individual, or as a small group of practitioners who usually collaborate in their work; be based in (live in) England; have a UK bank account in the exact name they’re applying in; be at least 18 years old; have one years’ creative practice experience outside a formal education context
Examples of previous successful applicants and/or projects:
Writer and performer Natalie Songer - Satellites Project Development, £4,512 http://nataliesonger.com/satellites
Satellites is a new play devised by Natalie Songer, epic story of family heritage and space travel written between Europe and America, asking questions about who and what we leave behind, how to measure the immeasurable. The first stage of research was supported by Arts Council England, and took place in Arizona, California, East Anglia, Germany and the Netherlands.
Zoe Garner - Developing my practice in neon and glass lathe work, £9,917 https://www.zoegarner.co.uk/
Using Glass as a predominant medium Zoe is interested in symmetrical form, reflection, magnification and the use of Scientific theory to create illusion, exploring visual language questioning what is really real. Zoe has been a practicing artist since 1997 and has exhibited her work internationally.
Zaiba Jabbar - developing my practice, £10,000 http://zaibajabbar.com/
An award-winning director, commissioner, independent curator, moving image artist, and founder of Hervisions. Jabbar’s curatorial project Hervisons is an investigation into how people in the margins are using technology to create art outside of traditional formats, making space for themselves through the experience of expanded moving image.
Arts Admin offers a huge amount of resources and links to organisations that support artists.
Artists’ Bursary Scheme offers max 6 bursaries to UK-based artists at any stage in their career working in live art, contemporary performance and interdisciplinary practice (at least 3 bursaries go to artists of colour); cash award of £4,000; regular meetings with the Artsadmin team to discuss and develop artistic and professional interests; £300 mentoring budget to work with another artist, a critical thinker or dramaturg; £200 budget to go and see work, which can cover travel, visas or ticket costs; £200 budget for well-being, to be spent at the discretion of the artist; week-long studio residency at Toynbee Studios; an invitation to present work in a Bursary Showcase at Toynbee Studios, with budget for access, technical, documentation and marketing; support; fund for travel to attend meetings at Toynbee Studios if based outside London; hot-desking scheme for Bursary Artists in the Artsadmin office at Toynbee Studios for the duration of the Bursary; advocacy and marketing support in the form of profile on Artsadmin’s website, social media and print and advice on strategic outreach. Current round has closed. Check back in for future rounds.
Unlimited: world’s largest disability arts commissioning programme for UK-based artists run by Arts Admin in partnership with Arts Shape. Since 2013, Unlimited has awarded over £4 million to over 330 ambitious disabled artists and companies, through commissions, awards and support, which have been seen by or engaged with more than 2.6 million people globally and online
The ArtGemini Prize
Founded by Singapore-born founder and organiser Jimmy Lek promotes international contemporary art for emerging and established artists around the world.
The aims of the prize are to promote creativity and excellence from around the world, to exhibit a wide range of challenging works, to help artists to exhibit and sell their works in London, to give the public access to quality and exciting works at affordable prices and to support a selected charity each year.
Deadline to enter is 25 April 2021. Full details on how to enter are here. Registration is online. The prize is open to all medium and genres of 2D and 3D including painting, oil, mixed media, drawing, ink, watercolour, calligraphy, original print, photography, digital art, sculpture and ceramic excluding installation and video. There is an entry fee of £18 per work submitted (max 8 entries).
Sign up with ArtGemini Prize’s newsletter for news and updates here.
Ashurst Emerging artist prize
£10,000 of prizes and exhibitions in London (on display at Ashurst's Emerging Artist Gallery). All mediums: sculpture, photography, digital, new media. Entry Deadline: 17 January 2021. Individual prizes range from £1,500 to £3,500. Check back next year for future rounds.
BBA Gallery works with emerging and mid-career artists. They have a gallery based in Berlin and also run two international prizes.
Artist Prize This is an international call, open to all media, all ages above 18, all genders, all career paths, stages and all educational backgrounds. Application deadline 15 March 2021, fee €39. Submit 5 artworks. A jury will select the longlist of applicants (30), whose works will be on show at the group exhibition of the shortlist during Gallery Weekend Berlin 2021 and which artists ultimately get awarded with 1 of the 3 prizes. Prizes range from €1,000 to €300.
Photography Prize an international fine art photography competition open to all ages above 18, backgrounds and nationalities. No dates for the 2021 edition. Check the website for further information or sign up to their updates here.
The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. Working with many countries across the globes the British Council, amongst many other things, funds collaborative arts programmes. Below are two such programmes, which provide great opportunities for funding for artists in partnership with other countries. It’s worth signing up for the newsletter to be in the loop for new opportunities https://www.britishcouncil.org/arts/newsletter or follow the British Council on social media.
Connections through Culture: China
Programme which enables collaboration between creative and cultural professionals in China and the UK. Through brokering connections and offering travel grants, CtC has enabled over 370 creative and cultural professionals to see one another's work, exchange skills and co-develop projects. Grant: £2,500; Deadline: rolling; Open to: artists and arts organisations in the UK and China
Online platform featuring and selling works from emerging artists.
The Black Artists Grant: £1,500 given out monthly to Black artists in the UK, with each artist selected receiving £500 each as a form of no-strings attached financial support. To apply: https://creativedebuts.co.uk/bag/ or to ask any questions you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
Creative Scotland have funding available for between £1k and £100k (a total of £7.5m of National Lottery money) aimed at enabling individuals to explore ways of working that will help them to adapt and respond to the current changing circumstances. Funding strands for Individuals and Organisations are separate, to ensure that individuals will not be in direct competition with organisations for funding. The fund is open all year round, with no deadlines.
Freelance and self-employed artists and creative practitioners based in Scotland can apply for projects supporting the development of their practice. The fund will support a period of research, development and / or delivery of creative activity of up to 12 months. General information about the fund is available here and detailed criterial and how to apply is available here.
Creative Land Trust, London
An organisation supported by the Mayor of London that buys affordable space for artists, works with freehold property or long leases owners to secure land in perpetuity for creative sector use.
https://www.creativelandtrust.org/covid-19-grant-fund In May 2020 the Creative Land Trust launched the Creative Workspace Resilience Fund to help studio providers and creative workspace providers to support artists and makers to be able to afford space to work and to retain studio buildings. Keep an eye out for further rounds of funding.
The Discerning Eye
https://www.discerningeye.org/ (Total expenditure: £141,639: Feb 2019)
The Discerning Eye is an educational charity, established in the UK in 1990, to encourage a wider understanding and appreciation of the visual arts and to stimulate debate about the place and purpose of art in our society.
Discerning Eye Drawing Bursary: set up in 2002, five or six artists are shortlisted for bursary and an exhibition of their selected work is shown as part of the annual ING Discerning Eye Exhibition. £1500 is awarded to the winner of the Bursary and £150 will be awarded to each of the runners-up. This opportunity is open to any artist born or resident in the UK. There is an entry fee of £3 per artist. 2020 round has closed, check back in for further bursary announcements.
Grey Moth Originals Fund
Grey Moth is dedicated to support emerging filmmakers into the industry. Originals donates funding, facilities, equipment, mentoring, and training workshops to promising grassroots talent – from camera operators and editors to producers and directors. In the current funding round up to £5,000 of funding is available. Filmmakers can apply for it in part, or all of it. Funds may be used to fund development costs, production costs and /or completion costs of films. All types of films are considered; documentary, drama, fashion, animation, artist film, series pilot etc. Grey Moth will consider applicants that can benefit from mentorship, labour, resources and equipment as contributions in kind. The deadline to apply is noon on 15 March 2021. Further information about this opportunity is available here.
The Elephant Trust, London
The Elephant Trust was set up in 1975 to make it possible for artists and those presenting their work to undertake and complete projects when frustrated by lack of funds. Most grants awarded are up to £2000, a few are £5000. Priority is given to artists in the fine arts and small organisations and galleries who should submit well argued, imaginative proposals for making or producing new work or exhibitions. Applications must be submitted by midnight on 11 April 2021 or 27 June 2021. Use the link here to check the guidelines in full and submit.
Film London, London
https://filmlondon.org.uk/ (Total expenditure: £5,629,240, Mar 2019) (Total expenditure: £5,629,240, Mar 2019)
Flamin Fellowship: a major scheme for early-career artist filmmakers living in England, 6 artists per year, workshops, mentoring, production finance of £2,500 for a specific project. Information and call for new fellows (early 2021) available here.
Short film funding, welcomes applications up to a maximum of £15,000. Applications open for films of any length up to a maximum of 15 minutes. Further information here. Next round opens w/c 26 April 2021 and closes 7 June 2021.
Early Development funding - If you’re a writer based in England with an exciting, bold idea – particularly if you’ve not yet teamed up with a producer – this is the fund for you. Next round opens w/c 26 April 2021 and closes 7 June 2021.
The Film London Jarman Award: a prestigious annual prize (£10k) which recognises and supports the most innovative UK-based emerging artist filmmakers. Information available here.
The Gane Trust, Bristol
http://www.ganetrust.org.uk/ (Total expenditure: £37,941, Dec 2019)
Funding and awards for projects based around Social Care, Art, Design or Craft (up to £500/individual). Next round deadline 24 May 2021. Information on how to apply here.
Genesis Foundation, London
https://genesisfoundation.org.uk/ (Total expenditure: £444,088, Dec 2019)
Founded in 2001 by John Studzinski, with the aim is to nurture the careers of outstanding young artists in the world of theatre, music and visual arts. The purpose of the organisation’s work is to aid established art organisations and nurture talent for the future. The foundation works in partnership with the Almeida Theatre, LAMDA, National Theatre, Young Vic and The Sixteen. It also commissions new work, particularly in the field of sacred art.
Kickstart Fund for Freelancers - NEW FUND (Covid support)
Recently launched a fund for freelancers (Sept 2020) which is now evolving into the £1m Kickstart Fund to support freelancers in the creative sector
Aim of the fund is to enable outstanding freelance artists to stay on their career paths and explore new possibilities in a world radically altered by Covid-19 by generating structured, project-based work opportunities
Professionals will earn an income as they participate in future-facing projects (going live in mid-2021) while continuing to build their careers and professional networks
Greater London Authority (Expenditure for Culture and creative industries 2020 £18.6m)
Due to the Mayoral elections expected in May 2021, funds are now closed or paused. New grants will be announced in 2021. Currently, grants are focused on COVID-19 rescue and recovery, mainly aimed at venues and institutions via the Culture at Risk programme.
Creative Enterprise Zones will provide permanent, affordable, creative workspace and live-work spaces at below market rents and ensuring no net loss of space for creatives and artists; building entrepreneurial skills and offering business support to artists, start-ups, sole traders, micro-sized and small businesses; local pro-culture policies in planning, housing, business development, technology and infrastructure, and supportive business rates; embedding creative production in communities, creating socially-inclusive places and strong links with education providers. Artists should keep an eye on these zones to seek out opportunities that will be created for them.
The six creative enterprise zones are: Croydon Creatives (Croydon), Tottenham (Harringey); Great West Creatives (Hounslow); Brixton (Lambeth); SHAPES Lewisham (Lewisham); Hackney Wick and Fish Island (Tower Hamlets).
Culture Seed Grants: Fund now closed supporting small or informal organisations (up to £50k) and groups as well as individuals (up to £5k), to encourage more local arts and culture activities created and put on by local people in London.
Home Live Art, Hastings (Total expenditure: £98,696, Mar 2019)
Supports artists through commissions, mentoring and performance opportunities (Performance/live art only). The Good Stuff project fund offers grants of up to £2,000 to help deliver new creative projects in St Leonards, East Sussex. More information: Check back in for news of a 2021 edition.
The Hopper Prize
The Hopper Prize was established to provide grants, visibility, and career enhancing validation to artists who demonstrate a serious commitment to their work.
Submissions for grants are invited through a bi-annual open call and offers a series of individual artist grants on a bi-annual basis totalling $22,000 USD. For the current open call, they have increased grant awards to $3,500. Each grant cycle is juried by a new team of contemporary curators who select grant winners on the basis of artistic excellence and the promise of future potential. All artists ged 18 and older working in any media, based in the USA or internationally, are invited to apply. Winning artists will have their work archived at hopperprize.org. There is a $40 submission fee per application. Further information is available here. The deadline to apply is 18 May 2021.
The Ingram Collectionhttp://ingramcollection.com/ (Total expenditure: £594,571, Apr 2019) The Ingram Collection is a private collection of modern British art which it exhibits and lends widely. It also supports emerging artists via its prize: The Ingram Contemporary Talent Programme http://ingramcollection.com/ingram-contemporary-talent/ingram-prize/Open to all artists who have graduated from a UK Art School max. 5 years ago, three winners’ artworks are bought for the Ingram Collection. One of the winners receives a solo exhibition. No current announcements for 2021.
Jerwood Arts, London
https://jerwoodarts.org (Total expenditure: £2,170,054, Dec 2019)
Jerwood Arts supports outstanding UK artists, curators and producers to develop and thrive, with a keen focus on early career professionals. Jerwood Arts collaborates with organisations across all art forms, offering funding awards, fellowships and commissions, as well as presenting exhibitions in their London gallery. They are interested in inter disciplinarity.
The Jerwood/Photoworks Awards are now open: it is a major commissioning opportunity supporting early-career artists working with photography to make new work and significantly develop their practice. The Awards are for UK-based artists who are between one and ten years into their practice to realise ambitious new works for a national touring exhibition.
Two artists will receive a £15,000 award each (comprising £10,000 fee and £5,000 production budget) with a full package of support from Photoworks and Jerwood Arts to create new work over a 12-month period. There is no fee to submit an application. Deadline to apply 12 May 2021 @10am. Further info and how to apply here.
The Live Work Fund - (Covid support)
Wolfson Trust, Jerwood Arts Foundation, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and The Linbury Trust partnered to provide the Live Work Fund to support individuals whose work relies on live performance following the impact of Covid-19. This fund is now closed. Activity will take place through 2021 and evaluation will take place in 2022.
Jerwood Bursaries https://jerwoodarts.org/opportunities/jerwood-bursaries/
Bursaries provide funding of up to £1,250 to help artists explore and develop their practice by enabling them to gain new skills and knowledge. Jerwood are hoping to offer bursaries again in 2021. Check their website for updates.
LIAM (Laughter, Inspiration, Art, Music), York
https://www.doingitforliam.co.uk/grants (Total expenditure: £3,495, Oct 2019)
grants for young people (18-25) studying at a higher level. Grants can be used for the purchase of (for example, but not limited to) musical instruments, art materials, textbooks, software, hardware (cameras, graphics tablets etc) stationery. Also, non-material expenses such as course excursions or external seminars will be considered. Certain criteria need to be fulfilled to access the grants of up to £1,000.
Mark Tanner Sculpture Award 2021-22
The Mark Tanner Sculpture Award offers both financial support towards the production of new work and a solo exhibition to an exceptional emerging sculptor at Standpoint Gallery. The award now includes a UK Touring Programme, taking the artist to partner venues across the UK. The aim of the award is to profile outstanding and innovative practice in the field of sculpture, with a particular interest in work that demonstrates a commitment to process and materials. Criteria: no age limit, applicants will be judged on the quality of their work and the ability of the award to make beneficial impact on their practice and future development. The financial award to assist in the production of a new body of work is £8,000, f in 3 payments over the course of the year, at the end of which there will be a solo exhibition. Artists are mentored over the twelve-month period of the award, including studio visits to discuss progress towards the exhibition. Further information is available here. The deadline to apply is 31 March 2021.
The New English Art Club, Kent
https://www.newenglishartclub.co.uk/ (Total expenditure: £40,002, Dec 2018)
Works to promote and advance the art of drawing and painting. This is achieved through a drawing school which runs weekly life classes and regular workshops, the mounting of an annual open exhibition in London, and the distribution by e-mail of a monthly newsletter that is circulated to Friends.
Two scholarships are awarded each year to emerging artists with the most promising portfolios. More information here. Check the website for further news regarding the 2021 programme.
https://outset.org.uk/about-us/ (Total expenditure: £1,127,334, Aug 2019)
Outset’s mission is to support challenging work that advances artistic discourse and to bring new art to wide audiences. The organisation focuses on visual arts education and professional development, productions, exhibition support, institutional collecting and creative infrastructure. Outset is funded by individuals subscribing to their patron scheme and corporate partners. In this context, Outset gives artists the opportunity to participate in residencies and provides funding to artists for specific projects and exhibitions. Funding is provided to artists via open calls. Currently, there is no information on their website about open funding rounds.
Outside In, Chichester
(Total expenditure: £321,795, Mar 2019)
In partnership with the Arts Society South Downs, Outside In offers Artist Bursaries (£500/year max). Applications information available here:
Paul Hamlyn Foundation, London
(Total expenditure: £46,600,694, March 2019)
Established by Paul Hamlyn in 1987 who died in 2001 and left most of his estate to the Foundation as an endowment; the foundation’s substantial investment assets finance its grant-making activities
Funding Objectives: 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
Values are diversity, equity and inclusion
Awards for Artists https://www.phf.org.uk/our-work-in-the-uk/ideas/awards-for-artists/ supports individuals at a timely moment in their careers, giving them the freedom to develop their creative ideas. Due to Covid the fund has evolved and is currently under review. Keep checking back for news about a potential 2021 roll out.
Established in 1985 To date, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation has awarded nearly 5,000 grants to professional artists and organisations in 78 countries, for a total of $79 million. Through its individual artist grants, the Foundation provides financial resources for artists to create new work, acquire supplies, rent studio space, prepare exhibitions, attend a residency and offset living expenses, allowing them to better pursue their art. Artists can apply to The Pollock-Krasner Foundation by submitting an online application. Application deadline: rolling through the year. The Foundation welcomes applications from visual artists who are painters, sculptors and artists who work on paper, including printmakers. Grants are intended for a one-year period of time, amounts range up to $30,000. Artists must be actively exhibiting their current work in professional artistic venues, such as gallery and museum spaces.The Foundation does not accept applications from commercial artists, graphic artists, video artists, performance artists, filmmakers, crafts-makers. The Foundation does not make grants to students or fund academic study. Apply directly via the website through the application portal here.
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London
Arts Grants Scheme: for individuals (18+) and organisations looking to produce innovative and engaging art projects across the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, offering grants of up to £3,000. The fund is open for 2 rounds each year, further information about the Spring 2021 round expected shortly. The Arts Grants do not cover project costs in full. Matched funding is required amounting to at least 10% of the total project costs. The borough funds projects that match 2+ of the following conditions:
1. demonstrate ambition, creativity, and originality
2. promote collaborative working and build capacity across new and established partnerships
3. create learning and development opportunities for audiences and participants (which includes artists)
4. ensure that creative activity is accessible, and supports wellbeing for our residents.
Royal Society of Portrait Painters
https://therp.co.uk/portrait-artists-opportunities/ (Total expenditure: £20,997, Dec 2018)
The Royal Society of Portrait Painters encourages emerging talent by awarding valuable prizes, inviting submissions to its annual exhibition, and offering talks, debates, lectures and demonstrations.
Portrait Exhibitions: artists over 18, from the UK and beyond, are invited to submit works for exhibition alongside members of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. Applications are submitted via the Mall Galleries website here.
Artist Prizes include:
The Ondaatje Prize for Portraiture: £10,000 plus the Society’s Gold Medal awarded for the most distinguished portrait in the Society’s annual exhibition
The RP Award: £2,000 will be awarded to the artist whose work best represents the year’s chosen theme
The RP Prize for the Best Small Portrait: A prize of £2,000 for the best small portrait in the exhibition, measuring not more than 38 x 30.5 cm (15 x 12 inches) framed
The de Laszlo Foundation Award: £3,000 plus a Silver Medal for the most outstanding portrait by an artist aged 35 years or under
The Prince of Wales’s Award for Portrait Drawing: £2,000 and framed certificate for a portrait in any recognised drawing medium
The Burke’s Peerage Foundation Award: £2,000 for Classically Inspired Portraiture in the RP Annual Exhibition
The Smallwood Architects Prize: £1,000 for a portrait in which architectural or interior features play an important part
Scott Creative Arts Foundation, Otley
https://www.scotts-gallery.co.uk/ (Total expenditure: £127,703, Mar 2019)The SCAF Emerging Artist Award has been created to acknowledge emerging artists of all ages (16+) who are living in the Yorkshire region, artworks are shown in a Touring Exhibition. The intent of the award is to bring recognition and awareness to outstanding visual artists in the region who are at the early stages of their career and who have not yet established a reputation as an artist amongst art curators, buyers, critics and the general public. No information yet about the 2021 award.
Sheffield Freelance Art and Cultural Workers, Sheffield
Sheffield based Freelance Art & Culture Workers are invited to apply for funding to support or adapt their businesses and develop their creative practice. This can be for research and development, training, networking, up-skilling and/or creating new work. It is open to all freelancers working in the creative and arts sector who live or work in Sheffield. Awards between £500 and £2,000 are available, with a total fund of £52k. Full guidelines to apply are here. Applicants must work in Art & Culture, which includes: performers, musicians, craft/designer-makers, visual artists, writers, photographers, film-makers, games designers or creative support services such as event producers, technicians and sound engineers. Applications have now closed.
Somerset Art Works, Somerset
(Total expenditure: £176,246, Mar 2019)
Offering a concession membership of £25/year to be part of the Artist Network for artists living or working in Somerset. Members can participate in their Artist Development Programme which includes bursaries, events, residencies, workshops, mentoring, peer support and symposium, and free 1-on-1 advisory sessions. Other specific programmes include:
Creative Pathways Bursary: aimed at artists in mid career stage to develop their project and receive a £500 cash support to research and develop activities. You must be aged 18 and over to apply and a member of Somerset Art Works. Check back in to find out about future rounds.
The Textile Society, Berkhamsted
https://www.textilesociety.org.uk/ (Total expenditure: £37,794, Mar 2019)
Committed to supporting and developing the study of textiles in the UK, The Textile Society offers Student Bursaries of up to £1,000 support BA and MA final year projects or dissertations, internships and apprenticeships. Students undertaking education in any textiles, fashion or textile related course in the UK are eligible to apply. Deadline for applications 3 March 2021. Find out more here.
Professional Development Awards of up to £2,000 to support the development of professional practitioners within their chosen textile discipline, whether in art, craft, design, curatorial, scientific or any other textile-related field. The Awards are intended for professionals and PhD candidates working within a recognised field of textiles.
The White Pube
Run by Zarina Muhammad and Gabrielle de la Puente the website publishes reviews, podcast, about the art world, gaming and food. The White Pube offers a working class Writers Grant (a one-off £500 grant to be given out to a different working class writer based in the UK once every month), and a paid-for artist-in-residence on their website every month, offering virtual exposure. Just email email@example.com to flag your interest. Very helpfully the White Pube has made available a library of successful funding applications, to help others get the hang of writing them.
Young Creative Awards, Nottingham
https://www.youngcreativeawards.org/ (Total expenditure: £41,589, Jul 2019)
The Young Creative Awards recognise visual artists aged 11-24 living, working or studying in Nottingham. The deadline is Wednesday 21 April 2021. There are 11 categories: Creative Writing, Dance, Design and Architecture, Digital and animation, Fashion and Textiles, Film, Graphic Design, Music, Photography and Visual Arts. Within each category there are 3 age bands: 11-15 years old; 16-18 years old; 19-24 years old. Find out more here.
winners will all receive a cash prize (amount not available online), plus mentoring and other opportunities; those highly commended will receive certificates
https://www.youngcreativeawards.org/masterclasses/: free online skill-based masterclasses
https://www.youngcreativeawards.org/news/: news, resources and opportunities for young creatives
Not strictly art funding, but worth keeping in mind:
Wellcome Trust London
The Wellcome Trust funds mainly programmes related to public health. However, some of its funds are open to artists and other creatives, if their project proposals and practice are interconnected to this sector.
https://wellcome.org/grant-funding (Total expenditure on arts & culture: £200 million, Sep 2019) The Wellcome Trust is an independent foundation which funds ideas that have the power to improve health by supporting thousands of scientists and researchers in more than 70 countries, as well as innovators, educators and artists. Grants (£3.5bn in 2018/19) are mainly geared towards sciences and innovation (respectively 77% and 10% of grants in 2018/19), but 4% of grants (£200m) fund social and cultural projects.
The Wellcome Trust is in the process of simplifying its funding schemes (due to open in summer 2021) to support its new strategy to fund discovery research into life, health and wellbeing. Check back later this year for further updates.