This page lists some of the main sources of funding for the arts in the UK, particularly for those activities that we cannot provide grants for, such as those relating to films. You can also get information on funding opportunities from public libraries.

As information can change, contact the organisations direct and check their details before applying for funding. 

Unfortunately, we cannot tell you about the criteria for any of the organisations listed here, or recommend which organisations to approach. We cannot be held responsible for information that changes after we have printed this guidance sheet.

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Useful organisations
National Lottery Distributors
Trusts and foundations
Funding for education and training
Business funding
Overseas funding
Film Funding
Fundraising resources
Directories and databases
Useful Websites

Useful organisations

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 those 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 which may also provide some funding for arts-related projects, for example your local authority (council) and regional development agency. You should be able to find their contact details at a public library or in your local phone book.

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.

Arts Councils

Arts Council of Northern Ireland
MacNeice House
77 Malone Road
Belfast BT9 6AQ
Phone: 028 9038 5200

Arts Council of Wales
9 Bute Place
Cardiff CF10 5AL
Phone: 0845 8734 900
Textphone: 029 2039 0027
Three regional offices covering North Wales, Mid and West Wales, and South Wales.

Creative Scotland
Waverley Gate, 2-4 Waterloo Place
Edinburgh EH1 3EG
Phone: 0845 603 6000
Textphone: 18001 0131 226 6051

Arts Council Ireland
70 Merion Square
Dublin 2
Phone: +353 01618 0200

International Federation of Arts Councils and Cultural Agencies
PO Box 788
Strawberry Hills
2012 NSW
IFACCA is a network of arts councils and cultural agencies that share knowledge and create understanding to promote the arts and cultural activities.

National Lottery Distributors

Awards for All
Phone: 0845 410 2030
Textphone: 0845 039 0204
Awards for All is a grants scheme for local communities. There are different schemes for each of the four countries of the UK.

The Big Lottery Fund
1 Plough Place
London EC4A 1DE
Phone: 0845 410 2030
Textphone: 0845 039 0204
The Big Lottery Fund provides funding for charities, voluntary organisations, and projects that improve the health, education and environment of communities.

Heritage Lottery Fund
7 Holborn Place
London SW1W 8NR
Phone: 020 7591 6000
Textphone: 020 7591 6255
The Heritage Lottery Fund helps communities to celebrate, look after and learn more about our heritage.

Lottery funding
Phone: 0845 275 0000
Textphone: 0845 275 0022
This 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.

NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts)
1 Plough Place
London EC4A 1DE
Phone: 020 7438 2500
NESTA runs various funding schemes to encourage UK talent and innovation in science, technology and art industries.

Sport England
3rd Floor, Victoria House
Bloomsbury Square
London WC1B 4SE
Phone: 0845 850 8508
Sport England fund opportunities for people to start in, stay in and succeed in sport.

British Film Institute (BFI)
Phone: 020 7255 1444
BFI is the lead body for film in the UK.  The film fund distributes lottery funds to support film makers in the UK who are emerging or world class and capable of creating distinctive and entertaining work.

UK Sport
40 Bernard Street
London WC1N 1ST
Phone: 020 7211 5100
UK Sport works with sports councils and other agencies to support sport in the UK for world-class success.

Youth Music
1 America Street
London SE1 0NE
Phone: 020 7902 1060
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.

Trusts and foundations

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
50 Hoxton Square
London N1 6PB
Phone: 020 7012 1400
The foundation supports original projects, particularly those which take place outside London. Their arts funding programme is mainly for professional arts organisations or professional artists working in partnerships or groups. Its purpose is to support the development of new art in any artform. It does not cover activities which are linked to mainstream education. The foundation welcomes applications from British-based organisations involving work with international artists.

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
Kings Place
90 York Way 
London N1 9AG
Phone: 020 7812 3700
The foundation is one of the largest independent foundations that provide grants in the UK. Approximately 75% of its Arts & Heritage grants budget go to the arts and 25% to heritage projects.

The Peter De Haan Charitable Trust
1 China Wharf
29 Mill Street
London SE1 2BQ
Phone: 020 7232 5477
Grants are awarded to organisations that provide opportunities to take part in the arts in educational and community settings, especially for people or groups with limited access to the arts.

The Baring Foundation
60 London Wall
London EC2M 5TQ
Phone: 020 7767 1348
The Baring Foundation was set up in 1969 to give money to charities and voluntary organisations set up for charitable purposes. They have specific grants programmes concerned with strengthening the voluntary sector, the arts and international development.

The Clore Duffield Foundation
Studio 3
Chelsea Manor Studios
Flood Street
London SW3 5SR
Phone: 020 7351 6061
The foundation concentrates its support on education, the arts, museum and gallery education, health, social care and disability, placing a particular emphasis on supporting children, young people and more vulnerable people such as people with learning disabilities.

The Foyle Foundation
Rugby Chambers
2 Rugby Street
London WC1N 3QU
Phone: 020 7430 9119
The foundation is an independent trust that gives grants to UK charities whose main work is in the areas of learning, arts and health. Its priorities are to help make the arts more accessible by developing new audiences, supporting tours, festivals and arts education projects, encouraging new work, and supporting young and emerging artists.

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation
18 Queen Anne's Gate
London SW1H 9AA
Phone: 020 7227 3500
The arts programme encourages new ways for people in the UK to enjoy, experience and be involved in the arts. Funding benefits organisations and groups through the grants scheme and special projects.

Funding for education and training

As well as the information below, you can also get an information sheet, 'Education grants to individuals', on our website at or by phoning 0845 300 6200. If you are a student looking for a grant, you should first contact your local authority.

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)
1 Victoria Street
London SW1H 0ET
Phone: 020 7215 5555
BIS provides information on which student loans, bursaries and other help you may be entitled to get. You can apply online at, which also includes full information on repaying student loans.

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 Directory of Social Change (DSC)
24 Stephenson Way
London NW1 2DP
Phone: 0845 077 7707
Includes a link to funding resource websites. The DSC publishes several funding guides and handbooks.

UK Council of International Student Affairs
9-17 St Albans Place
London N1 0NX
Phone: 020 7288 4330
UKCISA's website gives help and advice to prospective students from overseas. The site includes details of charitable trusts which give support to international students, as well as links to other useful sites.

Business funding

The Prince's Trust
18 Park Square East
London NW1 4LH
Phone: 0800 842 842
Textphone: 020 7543 1374
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.

Overseas funding

The following organisations can provide information and advice on funding for activities taking place outside of England or for overseas artists looking to bring their work to the UK. There are also some useful links listed in the final section of this guide.

85-89 Duke Street
Liverpool L1 5AP and
12 Charlotte Street
Manchester M1 4FL
Phone: 0700 038 2543
EUCLID provides information, research and consultancy services. EUCLID also provides support and help for those applying to the European Union's funding scheme for arts and culture, as well as guidance on other EU funding opportunities. The website contains free, downloadable information on sources of funding from the European Union.

Visiting Arts
Institute of Contemporary Art
The Mall
Phone: 020 7960 9631
Visiting Arts is a key information provider for the UK cultural sector and creates opportunities for artists and cultural professionals to explore new connections and expand skills and knowledge of artists.

International Intelligence on Culture
5 Glenhurst Court
Farquhar Road
London SE 19 1SR
Phone: 0780 359 5379
International Intelligence on Culture is an independent organisation specialising in consultancy, research, project management, training and advisory services relating to international projects.

UK Council for International Student Affairs
9-17 St Albans Place
London N1 0NX
Phone: 020 7288 4330
UKCISA's website gives help and advice to prospective students from overseas. The site includes details of charitable trusts which give support to international students, as well as links to other useful sites. 

European Cultural Foundation
Jan van Goyenkades
1075 HN Amsterdam
The Netherlands
The European Cultural Foundation supports people expressing their culture.

Film Funding

Film and Literature Department
British Council
10 Spring Gardens
London SW1A 2BN
Phone: 020 7389 3051
Britfilms' website, produced by the British Council, contains information on funding, training, careers and law for film-makers, as well as a wide range of useful links.

British Film Institute (BFI)
Phone: 020 7255 1444
BFI is the lead body for film in the UK.  The film fund distributes lottery funds to support film makers in the UK who are emerging or world class and capable of creating distinctive and entertaining work.

The Channel 4 British Documentary Film Foundation
PO Box 60415
London E2 6WQ
The Channel 4 British Documentary Film Foundation exists to secure a creatively ambitious and diverse future for British documentary, by looking beyond television to develop, fund and distribute the work of the next generation of UK documentary filmmakers.

Into Film
Studio 28
Fazeley Studios
191 Fazeley Street
Birmingham B5 5SE
Phone: 0121 224 7511 
First Light funds and enables young people (5-19) to realise their potential through digital film and media projects.

Focus Point
21 Caledonian Road
London N1 9GB
Phone: 020 7713 9800
Skillset supports skills and training for people and businesses to make sure the UK audio visual industries maintain their world-class position. They offer careers advice and guidance.

Fundraising resources

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.


British Council
Bridgewater House
58 Whitworth Street
Manchester M1 6BB
Phone: 0161 957 7755
The British Council offers funding for transporting artists' work to international exhibitions. It also works with organisations to help them manage events and enter into funding agreements for projects that will contribute to developing cultural relations between the UK and the rest of the world.

Crafts Council
44a Pentonville Road
London N1 9BY
Phone: 020 7278 7700
The Craft Council's 'Maker Development' scheme can help crafts artists with business start-ups, creative growth or to develop a practice.

Ideas Tap
Ideas Tap is a charity that helps creative people get to where they want to be through funding, competitions, arts jobs, training and advice.  It also offers commission-free crowdfunding for artists through its dedicated crowdfunding platform, IdeasTap Accelerator

National Rural Touring Forum (NRTF)
Highfield, The Square
Yapham, York YO42 1PJ
Phone: 0175 930 3624
NRTF is an organisation that represents a number of touring schemes and rural arts development agencies across England and Wales.

Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF)
Central House
14 Upper Woburn Place
London WC1H 0AE
Phone: 020 7255 4499
ACF is the leading membership association for grant making trusts and foundations. Although ACF does not provide grants themselves, their website offers advice on applying for grants as well as a directory of trusts and foundations. 

Institute of Fundraising
Park Place
12 Lawn Lane
London SW8 1UD
Phone: 020 7840 1000
The Institute of Fundraising is the professional body that represents fundraisers in the UK. Their mission is to help fundraisers provide excellent fundraising.

National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA)
The Tower
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 Directory of Social Change (DSC)
24 Stephenson Way
London NW1 2DP
Phone: 0845 077 7707
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.

Useful Websites
This website is an initiative of the European Foundation Centre (EFC), which promotes the work of foundations and those who provide funding for businesses in Europe (corporate funders). The Information and Communications programme of the EFC also provides a public information service on foundations and corporate funders active in Europe. 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.


Arts Council England
Grants for the arts
The Hive, 49 Lever Street
Manchester M1 1FN
Phone: 0845 300 6200
Textphone: 020 7973 6564