Funding opportunities available for Arts & Cultural Organisations

Author: Caspian Turner

















Put frankly, the last few months have been disastrous and highly stressful for everyone working in Arts and Culture. As cases of Covid-19 rise again, and venues face sustained closure, friends and colleagues continue to go through consultation periods facing redundancy.

The UK government announced a £1.57 billion support package in July, however as organisations are yet to receive this support, for many, it is now too late.

There have been many reflections, opinion-based and expert articles from performance pundits summarising the state of The Arts, the response and proposals for how our industry might survive and navigate its way through the closure and pivoted offerings.

This isn’t intended to be another.

What this is intended to be is a summary of the available funds still open to applications. An indication that there are still some funding sources available.

We can help

We are always happy to chat about digital projects, budgets and what to include within funding applications. We’ve had numerous conversations since the various packages of funding have been made available. If you want to chat about your project or application, we are happy to help and advise. Get in touch by emailing

Through prolonged closure, your website remains the primary means to connect with your audience, to present your organisation, your adapted workshops, newly commissioned socially distanced works, curated archival content and keep connecting people and art at a time when they need it most.

There is still funding available

Though some applications are now closed, including Arts Council England and Arts Council of Wales Cultural Recovery Funds, there are still some funds available. I hope that this summary is useful for anyone looking for other funding options as a summary of some that are available. If you have any you want to add to this list, please get in touch!

Art Fund: Respond and Reimagine Grant

Who’s it for?
UK public museums, galleries, historic houses, libraries and archives.

How much can you apply for?
£10,000 – £50,000

Deadline for submissions
Round three closes on 12 October 2020

16 November 2020

Arts Council of Northern Ireland: Small Grants Programme

Who’s it for?
Northern Ireland based:

  • Registered charities and other organisations which cannot distribute profits
  • Groups of organisations working together to deliver specific projects
  • formally constituted parent-teacher associations

How much can you apply for?
Up to £10,000

Deadline for submissions
Ongoing applications

Arts Council of Northern Ireland: Small Capital Programme

Who’s it for?
The Arts Council of Northern Ireland welcomes applications from a wide range of organisations based in Northern Ireland.

How much can you apply for?
The budget available is £500k and will be in high demand. ACNI will look to distribute this as widely as possible.

Deadline for submissions
15 October 2020 at 4pm

1 December 2020

Creative Scotland: Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Development

Who’s it for?
Freelance and self-employed creative practitioners in Scotland
Creative organisations and groups based in Scotland

How much can you apply for?
Individuals: between £1k and £15k
Organisations: between £1k and £50k

Deadline for submissions
Ongoing applications, this is a year-round fund which can support activity for up to 12 months

Arts Council England: National Lottery Projects Grants

Who’s it for?
Individuals, organisations, museums and libraries in England.
Due to covid-19 this fund is focussed on the needs of smaller, independent organisations and individuals until April 2021.

How much can you apply for?
£1k – £100k

Deadline for submissions
Ongoing applications, you are encouraged to apply when ready, rather than rush!

6 weeks for applications £15,000 or under
12 weeks for applications over £15,000

Ontario Arts Council: Arts Response Initiative

Who’s it for?
Individuals, groups, organisations and collectives based in Ontario.

How much can you apply for?
Up to $15,000 CAD

Deadline for submissions
3 November 2020

Americans for the Arts Action Fund

Americans for the Arts have compiled the CARES Act Table. This document details loan, grant and compensation opportunities for individuals and organisations across the United States.

Get in touch

You may already be familiar with these, however, we wanted to collate and share available funding options in the hope that it helps reach more people.

If you want to talk about an application, budgeting for digital projects, to have a chat about digital strategy, or you want to share any other funding options out there, get in touch: