Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities

  1. General Arts Funding
  2. Film & TV
  3. Young people
  4. Crafts
  5. Visual Arts
  6. Music
  7. Assistive Technology
  8. Literary
  9. Social Enterprise

General Arts Funding

Arts Council of Wales

All applications must be for work that is of high quality and that reflects our funding priorities. You may only hold one training grant and one other grant at any one time, whatever its value:

If you are outside of Wales, refer to your own Arts Council:

Arts Council of Ireland:
Arts Council England:
Creative Scotland:
Arts Council of Northern Ireland:

Wellcome Trust

Arts Awards support imaginative and experimental arts projects that investigate biomedical science.

The scheme aims to:

  • stimulate interest, excitement and debate about biomedical science through the arts
  • examine the social, cultural, and ethical impact of biomedical science
  • support formal and informal learning
  • encourage new ways of thinking
  • encourage high quality interdisciplinary practice and collaborative partnerships in arts, science and/or education practice.

All art forms are covered by the programme: dance, drama, performance arts, visual arts, music, film, craft, photography, creative writing or digital media. The Trust invites applications for projects which engage adult audiences and/or young people.

Andrew Lloyd Weber Foundation

The objects of the Foundation are to promote the arts, culture and heritage for the public benefit. As well as providing Musical Theatre scholarships and supporting projects through The Architectural Heritage Fund, the Trustees welcome applications to support projects in the areas of culture, heritage and the arts and will consider funding within the following funding principles:

Elephant Trust

The 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. It is committed to helping artists and institutions that depart from the routine and signal new, distinct and imaginative sets of possibilities.

The Trustees’ main objective is to support new work.  Given The Elephant Trust’s modest resources, grants are usually limited to £2,000. Priority is given to artists and small organisations and galleries who should submit well argued, imaginative proposals for making or producing new work or exhibitions:

Daiwa Foundation Small Grants

Grants of £3,000-£7,000 are available to individuals, societies, associations or other bodies in the UK or Japan to promote and support interaction between the two countries:

Daiwa Foundation Awards

Awards of £7,000-£15,000 are available for collaborative projects that enable British and Japanese partners to work together, preferably in the context of an institutional relationship:

Fidelio Charitable Trust

Fidelio welcomes applications for grants in support of the Arts, in particular the dramatic and operatic arts, music, speech and dance.

Institutions, colleges, Arts Festivals and other arts organisations in the United Kingdom, may seek financial support as follows:

  • for individuals or groups of exceptional ability, whom they have been responsible for selecting, to enable them.
  • to receive special tuition or coaching (e.g. in the case of musicians to attend Master Classes)
  • to participate in external competitions.
  • to be supported for a specially arranged performance.
  • to receive support for a special publication, musical composition or work of art.

Applications from individuals or groups seeking support for themselves will not be accepted:

Jerwood Small Grants

Small grants for one-off projects, generally under £10,000. This fund allows us to explore new relationships, work directly with individual artists, take risks and support research or development of future ideas. At the heart of every small grant is a targeted professional development opportunity or artistic idea to be explored:

The Leverhulme Trust

  1. Performing and fine arts:
    Arts Bursaries
  2. Arts Initiatives
  3. Artists in Residence

Wales Arts International

Wales Arts International is committed to supporting professional arts practitioners and arts organisations based in Wales to develop their practice internationally and raise the profile of the arts from Wales abroad.

Artists and arts organisations can apply to the International Opportunities Fund for up to £3,000 towards the costs of international activity, ranging from performing at a music festival overseas or exhibiting new work at a gallery, to developing new work with a theatre company or undertaking an artist’s residency:

Paul Hamlyn Foundation – Funding directory for visual artists and composers

This website was created by Paul Hamlyn Foundation to provide a portal for information on funding opportunities for individual artists and composers:

Film & TV

Channel 4 – Brit Doc – Puma Awards

The PUMA.Creative Catalyst Award is an international documentary development fund, offering 40 awards annually of up to 5,000 euros each.

This is a rapid response fund, providing resources in the early stages of documentary projects, to shoot and edit a film trailer. The fund is open to filmmakers of any nationality and grants will be awarded on a quarterly basis:

Channel 4 – Brit Doc – Documentary commissions

We give financing to support independent filmmakers making documentary projects that would not be commissioned by a UK broadcaster.  Since our inception in 2005 we have funded over 60 award winning films.

When the Foundation invests in a film we fully come on board as Exec Producers; the project benefits from the editorial expertise, association and the quality guarantee that our involvement promises making it more likely that other co-producers will come on board:

British Film Institute

The Prints and Advertising Fund (P&A Fund): is designed to widen and support the distribution and marketing strategy of specialised films and to offer support to more commercially focused British films that nevertheless remain difficult to market:

The MEDIA Programme: (often referred to as MEDIA) is the European Union’s funding programme for the audiovisual industry. MEDIA has a budget of €755m for 2007-2013 and currently comprises 18 funding schemes offering non-repayable grants to producers, distributors, sales agents, organisers of training courses, operators in new digital technologies, operators of VoD platforms, exhibitors and organisers of festivals, markets and promotional events:

British Film Council

British Council Film plays an instrumental role in promoting British short films by talented new filmmakers to film festivals and partners around the world. We have a long established relationship with over 50 international film festivals and we are often the first port of call for short film programmers seeking interesting work from the UK:

Film Agency Wales

The Film Agency for Wales is keen to find and support both new and established talent within the Welsh filmmaking industry.

We offer development finance, advice and information. Our finance focuses on feature films, including feature-documentaries that have theatrical release aspirations, in addition to feature-length made for television films, but we are always interested to hear what else you are working on:

Skillset Cymru

Skillset Cymru provides funding for training grants for individuals working in the Welsh TV industry to spend on Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

They are managed by Skillset and the funding comes from the Welsh language broadcaster S4C and the trade association Teledwyr Annibynnol Cymru (TAC):

Children and Young People

Prince’s Trust

Young people can apply if:

  • aged 14–16 and not expecting to achieve five GCSEs grades A-C
  • aged 16–25 and not in education, training or are working less than 16 hours a week.

Our priority is to help young people who are:

  • educational underachievers
  • offenders and ex-offenders
  • unemployed
  • in or leaving care

Development Awards: Funding available across Wales for young people who need support with course fees, equipment, work clothing, travel, work experience  etc…

Help available for young people that need help getting into farming – course fees, equipment etc…grants of up to £2,500

Community Cash Awards: Funding available for 2-4 projects in South East Wales for young people with any ideas for a project to help the local community

Amber Trust

Our vision is to transform the life of any blind or partially sighted child who finds music especially important. To do this, we have established The AMBER Music Awards, which are entirely dependent on your donations:


Funding a gifted young musician is an expensive business. But for these young people, music isn’t a business, or a job.
It’s their life.
When the money runs out, their families have few places to turn to. AYM is one of them. 
With your help, we’re assisting more talented young musicians every year:

Jessie’s Fund

Jessie’s Fund helps seriously ill and disabled children in the UK by using music for communication and therapy.

The fund mainly works with children’s hospices by providing them with a wide range of musical instruments to give the children access to creative music-making and music therapy.

Jessie’s Fund is able to support the funding of a music therapist for three years and the purchase musical instruments.

Individual children are also able to apply for funding towards music therapy sessions.:


British Council

Funding travel costs and transportation to overseas exhibitions of their work. The British Council Grants to Artists Scheme is for professional artists and makers with an emerging or established national critical reputation (demonstrated by exhibition CV and national profile):

Visual Arts

Adam Reynolds Bursary

The annual bursary was set up in memory of sculptor Adam Reynolds, to support one disabled artist working in the visual arts.

The bursary, now in its fourth year, is available to mid-career disabled or deaf artists working in the field of visual arts:

Henry Moore Trust

The Henry Moore Foundation awards grants in six categories. Please consider these carefully before making an application.

NEW PROJECTS:  this includes exhibitions, exhibition catalogues and commissions. We aim to be flexible but as a guideline, grants will be awarded as follows, up to a maximum of:

  • £20,000: for a large museum exhibition
  • £10,000: for an exhibition catalogue
  • £30,000: for a commission

COLLECTIONS:  this category of minor capital grants is intended to help public institutions acquire, display and conserve sculpture. The maximum sums available will be in the region of £15,000 (acquisition), £20,000 (display and/or conservation).

LONG-TERM RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT:  the purpose of this category is to assist sculptural projects that require funding for more than one year, whether creative (e.g. a contemporary commission), academic (e.g. a permanent collection catalogue) or practical (e.g. a conservation project).  Maximum sums awarded will be £20,000 per annum.

SUPPORT FOR ARTISTS: RESIDENCIES OR FELLOWSHIPS:  the Foundation awards grants worth up to £6,000 to artists supported by host institutions, for residencies or fellowships between 2-6 months.  The number of residencies or fellowships awarded will depend on the resources available in any year.

CONFERENCES, LECTURES AND PUBLICATIONS:  sums of up to £5,000 will be available for the above.  A publication might be a book or a journal but not an exhibition catalogue or a permanent collection catalogue.  If applying for a grant towards a publication, please specify within the application, how and where the publication will be distributed.

POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS: The Henry Moore Foundation supports post-doctoral researchers through a limited number of two-year grants.  See attached link for further information on the 2011 post-doctoral research grants.

Assistive Technology

Computer and Assistive Technology Grants


Books Council

The Welsh Books Council provides publishing grants for literary books and magazines in English. Grants are also available for Welsh-language publications:

Grants for works in progress

Grants to assist writers with research costs or to ‘buy time’ are awarded twice a year through the Authors’ Foundation and the K Blundell Trust:

Grants for writers in need

The Royal Literary Fund is the main charitable trust providing financial help to authors. See for information or contact the secretary, Eileen Gunn, at 3 Johnson’s Court, off Fleet Street, EC4A 3EA. Telephone: 020 7353 7150.


Elizabeth Eagle-Bott Memorial Awards

The Fund supports blind or partially sighted musicians for musical study, projects and events.  It funds individual bids up to £10,000 and priority is given to classical musicians especially organists. Advisory Service on 020 7391 2273 or email: [email protected]

EMI Music Sound Foundation Awards

The EMI Music Sound Foundation provides instrument and equipment awards to schools, music teachers and individuals in full time education.

Grants up to £2,000 are available towards the purchase of musical instruments or/and equipment.

Bursaries are also offered to students to study at specified music colleges/organisations.

Phoenix Grants

Phoenix Grants helps musicians, singers and composers who have a physical or sensory impairment that affects their ability to perform.

The scheme is open to both students and professional musicans. It will fund items such as specially adapted instruments, computer software and braille facilities, study and performance expenses:

Social Enterprise


UnLtd’s Millennium Awards provide practical and financial support to social entrepreneurs in the UK; people with vision, passion, drive and commitment, who want to change the world for the better.

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