Category: Funding Opportunties

Funding News

D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust

The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust funds UK registered charities in the fields of the advancement of the arts, health and medical welfare and environmental protection or improvement. The focus for 2018-2021 includes accessibility of the arts for young people, provision of art and music therapy to improve quality of life for the elderly and disabled, and protection and conservation of the countryside.  Most grants are single grants over a one-year period of £500 – £5,000. The Trustees will consider applications for core costs or projects, and they also consider applications for matched funding. Find out more here.

The Henry Smith Charity: Strengthening Communities

The Strengthening Communities grant programme is designed to support small charitable organisations working at grassroots level. Through this grant programme the charity wants to make sure that their funding reaches the most disadvantaged areas of the UK, targeting places that are economically marginalised and affected by poverty. You must be working within the 10% most deprived areas for England & Scotland and within the 15% most deprived areas for Northern Ireland & Wales. The funding covers running costs. Find out more here.

The Fore Trust

The Fore Trust has announced that the next funding round to support the development of small charities, social enterprises and community interest companies will open for registrations on the 23 July 2018 at 10 am. The Trust is offering development funding of up to £30,000 and business support to expand the capacity of small charities, social enterprises and community interest companies. To qualify applicant organisations will need to have a turnover of less than £500,000 per year. To apply for funding, organisations must register at the start of each funding round. Full information: The Fore Trust.


Audience of the Future Challenge launched

In 2017 the “Industrial Strategy – Building a Britain fit for the future” White Paper was published. The Industrial Strategy included a number of valuable opportunities for the Creative Industries including a £33M fund for Audience of the Future Challenge.

Immersive technologies such as virtual, augmented and mixed reality are changing how we experience the world around us – from entertainment and art to shops and classrooms. The challenge is to bring creative businesses, researchers and technologists together to create striking new experiences that are accessible to the general public. This can create the next generation of products, services and experiences that will capture the world’s attention and position the UK as the global leader in the creative and commercial implementation of immersive technologies.

On 21 May 2018 the first wave of activity was launched. This focuses on a £16m Audience of the Future Demonstrators programme to explore the immersive future of the Creative Industries by supporting new large-scale immersive experiences in key sectors of the Creative Industries and testing them with a mass audience. Also included is the launch of a £1m early-stage Audience of the Future: Design Foundations competition, focused on understanding the future user, delivering vital insight into audience perceptions and behaviours.

For further information see here.

The Audience of the Future Challenge is run by Innovate UK, an agency of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. More information is available here.

Applications for this first phase will close on 1 August 2018.



Cause4 Advance Free E-learning Courses in Fundraising

Live until 4 May 2018

From Cause4:

There is still time to register and take advantage of the largest FREE e-learning fundraising training for staff, practitioners and Trustees in the arts, cultural and heritage sector. The current courses (see below) are live up until 4 May 2018. 

Asking People for Money

This two hour course guides you through asking individuals for gifts and is aimed at anyone who engages in fundraising such as artists, leaders, managers, Trustees and volunteers. It provides an introduction to individual giving, covers the basics of setting a strategy, cultivating relationships, communicating with supporters, and managing donation schemes and events.

Trustee Leadership in Fundraising and Income Generation

This 1.5 hour course will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to be a valuable Trustee in supporting fundraising. It covers the key responsibilities of Trustees in fundraising, the regulations around fundraising, and how you might help build relationships with donors and funders to boost your organisation’s income generation.

Ethics in Fundraising

This 1.5 hour course is designed to give Trustees, CEOs and Senior Fundraisers guidance as to how to approach issues in relation to ethics in fundraising. It will support participants with guidance about how to implement a practical ethical fundraising strategy that protects artistic and organisational integrity, and navigates issues in relation to reputational risk

We also have micro-learning modules which offer snippets of top-up information in Why Individual Giving, Trustees Leading Fundraising and Ethical Fundraising.

Find out more at

Museum Essentials Workshop: Bid writing

Thursday 3rd May
Lancashire Conservation Studios, Preston
10:00 – 16:00

Kicking off our new Museum Essentials Programme, this popular workshop has been developed to help individuals and small / medium-sized organisations feel more confident in writing bids and making applications for funding.

The material covers:

  • Sources of funding (public and statutory, private, Lottery, trust and foundations, etc)
  • Key things to remember
  • Stages from application to award to evaluation
  • Tips and tricks
  • Signposting for further information.

It also comes with two resource sheets for delegates to take away.

To book a place please visit our eventbrite page and for more information contact Alex Bird –

Business Archives Council – Cataloguing Grant Fund Now Open

The Business Archives Council’s annual cataloguing grant for business collections opens for applications today. The aim of the grant is to fund the cataloguing of a business collection in either the private or public sector, and to:

  • Provide financial support for institutions/businesses that manage business archives
  • Reach collections that have not yet been prioritised but have potential academic or socio-historical value
  • Create opportunities for archivists or para-professionals/volunteers to gain experience in listing business collections
  • Increase access to business collections

The deadline for applications is Monday 25 June.

Find out more about the grant criteria and how to apply on the BAC website.

Any questions about the grant should be addressed to Jenny Willis, Administrator, Business Archives Council Cataloguing Grant 2018 at
tel: 0300 0300 700 (ext. 953)

Funding News

National Lottery Awards

Closing Date: Friday 6th April for nominations

The National Lottery Awards are the annual search to find the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects. Lottery players raise £30 million each week for projects across the UK and the Awards are a great way of celebrating the ordinary people doing extraordinary things with National Lottery funding.

Now in their 15th year, the Awards recognise the incredible difference that Lottery-funded projects have made to people, places and communities all across the UK through the 525,000 grants awarded since 1994.

There are seven categories that you can enter, reflecting the different types of projects that benefit from National Lottery funding: Art, Education, Environment, Health, Heritage, Sport and Charity/Voluntary.

You can nominate your favourite project or put your own forward. All entries must have received National Lottery funding, at any time since the Lottery started in 1994.

Get your favourite National Lottery funded project the recognition it deserves. Enter your chosen project into this year’s National Lottery Awards – the annual search to find the nation’s favourite Lottery-funded projects.

Winners receive a £5,000 prize for their project and star in a television show on BBC. Click here for more information.

Architectural Heritage Fund

Closing Date: Deadlines throughout the year

The AHF is the leading heritage social investor and the only specialist heritage lender operating in the UK. Where a building is listed, scheduled, or within a conservation area or of acknowledged historic merit – and potentially involves a change of ownership and/or use – we can help with our advice, development grants or loans.

The Fund has recently increased the maximum for 2 of its grant programmes:

  • Project Viability Grants can now be up to £7,500 (increasing from £5,000)
  • Project Development Grants can now be up to £30,000 (increasing from £25,000)

To apply you must be a formally constituted charity or social enterprise whose members have limited liability.

For more information, please click here.

Garfield Weston Capital fund

Closing Date: Saturday 30th June

In 2018 the Foundation will be celebrating its 60th anniversary. As part of these celebrations they have launched the Weston Anniversary Fund. This one-off grants scheme will fund Capital projects that provide new, or improve existing community facilities for people across the UK. Applications close 30 June. To apply, please visit their website.

Funding News

Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation

The Foundation aims 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 that make a real and on-going differences to people’s lives. Next closing date is Sunday 13th May.

Ragdoll Foundation

The Ragdoll Foundation supports the cultural sector’s work with children and young people. Its Open Grants Scheme provides funding to not-for-profit organisations in the UK that work with children and young people using the arts and creative media. Applications are ongoing.

Funding Opportunity: Weston Anniversary Fund

In 2018 the Garfield Weston Foundation will be celebrating its 60th anniversary. As part of these celebrations they have launched the Weston Anniversary Fund. This one-off grants scheme will fund capital projects that provide new, or improve existing, community facilities for people across the UK.

  • One-off grants scheme to run exclusively in 2018 to support capital projects that will make a difference to local charities across the UK
  • Open to UK registered charities and CIOs
  • Grants will range from £30,000 – £150,000
  • Applications close on 30th June 2018
  • Grants will need to be spent and projects completed by the end of 2020
  • You can apply to the Fund even if your organisation is currently in receipt of a grant or has been rejected by the Foundation within the past 12 months

Applications close 30 June. For more details and to apply, please see the website

Conference Funding: Association of Volunteer Managers Conference

The North West Volunteer Managers Network are pleased to announce that with funding from MDNW we are delighted to be able to offer five places at the Association of Volunteer Managers conference in Manchester on Thursday March 15th at The Whitworth, Manchester.

For the full programme please click here.  

If you would like to attend this fantastic event  please can you send an expression of interest with a brief description of  how you would benefit from attending the conference  by Friday 16th February to Darren Collingwood Co Chair. To :

Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund

The deadline for the next round of the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund, which is run by the Museums Association (MA) to fund projects that develop collections to achieve social impact, is 28 February.

Museums, galleries and heritage organisations from across the UK can apply for a grant of between £20,000 and £120,000 for a project lasting up to three years.

The MA is looking for proposals that work with existing collections to improve understanding of them and increase their use and, through that work, involve, inspire and have impact on people, communities and audiences.

Successful applications will need to engage local communities or those who are not typical museum attendees, think about social impact, develop their organisation or the wider sector, and consider the project’s legacy, even if this is hard to define at the start of the project.

For more information and details on how to apply click here.