Arts-based Learning Fund

See examples of previous Arts-based Learning funding in our grants database.

The purpose of the Fund


The overall purpose of this fund is to support arts organisations working with schools, colleges and other education environments to improve the evidence base for their work, so that they can do more to enhance the lives, development and achievements of children and young people.

In particular, we want to support high quality arts-based learning activities that bring about and evidence positive and sustained change in one or more of six priority areas:

  1. Young people’s academic achievements
  2. Young people’s achievements and progression within one or more artforms
  3. Young people’s soft-skills and or well-being, social, moral and or cultural development
  4. Young people’s access to, and participation in, arts-based learning activities
  5. Whole school culture, integration, cohesion and/or community relationships
  6. Staff knowledge, confidence and skills in delivering arts-based learning activities

Two types of grant are available under this Fund to support work at different stages of development:

  • Arts-based Learning ‘explore and test’ grants – offering funding for up to two years to help test new approaches or gather evidence for the first time about approaches that have been used before.
  • Arts-based Learning ‘more and better’ grants – offering longer, larger grants to help increase the impact and effectiveness of work which has already shown promise or positive impact.

Applicants may also be interested in the Ideas and Pioneers Fund, which offers grants of £10,000 to support individuals and organisations that have unusual or radical ideas to improve the life chances and opportunities of people in the UK.

We will only consider applications for work that meets the following criteria:

  • addresses one or more of our six priority areas identified above; and
  • targets children and young people facing inequality and/or disadvantage whilst adopting inclusive practices; and
  • takes place as part of, or directly supporting, children and young people’s formal education and learning; and
  • involves any of the following: crafts, creative writing (including poetry), dance, design, film, music, opera, photography, digital arts and media, theatre and drama, the visual arts, and cross-arts practices; and
  • is about learning in or through the arts; and
  • ensures quality of learning activities through rigorous employment, monitoring and support of arts-based practitioners.

In particular, we are keen to see

  • practitioners explore and/or adopt evidence-informed approaches to teaching and learning
  • the use of strategies adopted within other  PHF funds, such as asset-based approaches to working with children and young people.