Arts Fund

Our Arts Fund is currently closed to applications.

Amount: £90,000 to £300,000
Deadline: Details of the next round will be announced shortly. 
Duration: 3 years 
Two young black men are walking towards each other. In the background, there are ornate 18th and 19th century paintings in gold frames from the National Museum Wales collection. The young man on the left is dressed in a plum red suit and a similar coloured durag which flows down into floor-length silk. The man on the right is in a tan suit, with a bright orange durag which similarly flows down into floor-length silk
Photograph of a performance that brought to life Jaffrin’s poem SKN at the National Museum Wales – part of Jukebox Collective’s Festival of Voice. Photo credit: Zaid Djerdi

We want to support organisations who are working at the intersection of art and social change.

Aim of the fund

We see culture as the heart of a just society, where all people and communities have a right to express themselves through art and culture. We believe that art and artists can help us see the world differently, bringing unheard stories and narratives to the fore and opening up new imaginative possibilities.

What you need to know

To realise this potential, we believe the sector needs long-term structural and cultural change. Our ambition is to support a portfolio of organisations who represent this change to develop, learn from each other and (further) explore the potential of art for personal, cultural and social transformation.

  • Build capacity and resources for culture within historically underfunded communities

  • Explore the role that artists can play in addressing issues of social justice.

  • Create the infrastructure for a more equitable cultural sector.

We are looking to work with organisations for whom these aspirations are central to their vision and mission. The Arts Fund supports the long-term development and transformation of these organisations as a route towards social justice and sustainability.

Who we want to support

We want to support cultural organisations who:

  • use their creative practice to help us engage with the complexity of the world around us;
  • centre the lived experience of those affected by injustice in their programmes, leadership and governance;
  • are exploring how values of care, equity and justice can be embedded in their own organisational culture;
  • have a clear sense of their own role in supporting change as part of a wider ecosystem;
  • are generous with their learning and working with other organisations towards mutual aims; and
  • use their creative practice to challenge traditional cultural hierarchies of genre and art form.

Our definition of arts’ includes 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.

What we will fund

We offer support for organisations with core costs so you can continue the work you are already doing and for programmes which are central to your organisation’s mission

To be eligible, your organisation should have a turnover of no less than £60,000 per year, based on your last audited accounts or your average annual turnover over the last 3 years – whichever is higher. We will fund up to 50% of an organisation’s annual turnover over three years, based on their last audited accounts. We fund organisations working all over the UK.

This fund is focused on supporting organisations to become more sustainable and to deepen the impact of the work. This can include support for specific posts, skills development, underpinning of the strategy or business model and for project delivery which is central to your organisation’s mission and vision.

When assessing applications, we will consider how organisations have been impacted by systemic inequities, such as (but not limited to) racial inequity, socio-economic disadvantage, having disabilities, living in isolated rural communities or experience of the immigration system. We will prioritise applications which are actively anti-racist and intersectional in their approach.

What we will not fund

In addition to our general exclusions, we are not able to fund:

  • Organisations with a turnover of less than £60,000 per year, based on your last audited accounts or your average annual turnover over the last 3 years – whichever is higher
  • Work that is focused on entry-level employment pathways
  • Work which aims primarily to deliver targeted health, wellbeing, educational or other instrumental outcomes
  • Academic research programmes
  • Organisations who work primarily in formal education settings
  • Newly registered organisations that have yet to produce independently audited or examined accounts
  • Individuals
  • Capital projects and equipment purchase
Young dancers are performing on a stage with a vibrant green background and two red spotlights over them
One Dance UK. Photo credit: Dani Bower 

Want to know more about the Arts Fund? 

This blog outlines our vision for the Arts Fund and explores what a regenerative and expansive cultural sector might look like.

Application process

The Arts Fund is currently closed – details of the next round will be announced shortly.

Applying to the Arts Fund is a two-step process.

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Getting a decision

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Help with applications

Access support bursary

If this application process is inaccessible to you at any stage, please get in touch. We can provide pre-application access support and a bursary of up to £750 to help you apply.

We use an online application form.

A sample application form can be downloaded as a word document, also available in large print, for you to review in advance.

Webinars

We will be running regular webinars throughout the year and will make recordings of the webinars available to rewatch, along with FAQs. We encourage prospective applicants to attend and be part of the conversation.

You can also watch the webinar below from April 2024.

Frequently asked questions