In this section you will find details of organisations that offer information on funding. It includes contact details for other National Lottery distributors, as well as organisations that provide information about funding for specific activities like education or training. This is not intended to be a complete list but to give you an idea of the range of different funding options available in the UK.
As well as the organisations listed here, there are local and regional agencies that may also provide funding for music-related projects. It is important that your funding application meets the eligibility requirements and priorities of the organisation concerned. You should also look carefully at their assessment criteria. Please check with these organisations for full details before sending your application.
National Lottery distributors
Phone: 0845 275 0000
Textphone: 0845 275 0022
Lottery funding is a joint website run by all those who provide funding from the National Lottery. This site allows you to search for information on funding.
Arts Council England - Grants for the arts funding
Phone: 0845 300 6200
Textphone: 020 7973 6564
Grants for the arts are for activities carried out over a set period and which engage people in England in arts activities. It cannot be used to support ongoing or statutory educational activity.
However, Grants for the arts can be used to support artistic activity which takes place in both formal and informal settings for children and young people. These include:
- early years settings, eg nursery schools
- primary, secondary or special schools
- further education and higher education
- youth settings eg a youth club or a youth service led activity
Youth Music is a UK-wide charity that targets young people living in areas of social and economic need. The charity funds music activities run by not-for-profit organisations for people aged up to 18.
Opportunities for children and young people
The following organisations also provide development opportunities for children and young people and may be able to offer additional support or advice:
- National Skills Academy Creative and Cultural nsa-ccskills.co.uk
- Creative Choices www.creative-choices.co.uk
- NSPCC www.nspcc.org.uk
- Arts Development UK www.artsdevelopmentuk.org
- National Youth Theatre www.nyt.org.uk
- Youth Music www.youthmusic.org.uk
- National Youth Agency www.nya.org.uk
Funding for education and training
The Educational Grants Advisory Service (EGAS)
501-505 Kingsland Road
London E8 4AU
Phone: 020 7254 6251
(2-4pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays)
This service provides advice and information on sources of funding available for higher and further education and training. It gives priority to disadvantaged students.
The DSC website includes a link to funding resource websites. DSC publishes several funding guides and handbooks.
The Prince's Trust provides training, financial help, grants and other support for people aged 14 to 30.
Career Development Loans
Career Development Loans gives people help to fund vocational education or learning through a loan. The service is run by three national banks on behalf of the government.
This section includes details of organisations, directories and websites that you may find useful in your search for funding. Some of the organisations listed can provide advice and information on funding opportunities, and others offer support for professional fundraisers.
ACF is the leading association for charities in the UK who provide grants. ACF also provides a list of trusts and charities and advice on applying for grants.
National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA)
2 Furnival Square
Sheffield S1 4QL
Phone: 0114 278 6636
Textphone: 0114 278 7025
NAVCA is the national voice of local voluntary and community groups in England. Its 360 members work with 140,000 local community groups and voluntary organisations, which provide services, improve neighbourhoods, increase volunteering and tackle discrimination.
Directories and databases
The DSC provides information and training to voluntary organisations. They publish several funding guides and handbooks, including The Arts Funding Guide and The Complete Fundraising Handbook, as well as regional guides.
Fundraising.co.uk is a website for those who raise funds and don't work for a profit.
This website offers comprehensive information, updated daily, on government grants for both businesses and voluntary groups. It also holds information on publicly funded organisations that provide help and advice.
This is a website provided by EUCLID as the UK cultural contact point for the EU Culture Programme 2007-13. It gives examples of projects and activities funded by the programme.