CREATE can offer you or your organisation advice on how to apply for funding be it for a specific project or to develop your work and practice. The following are potential sources of funding, but please contact us if you need any further help or advice. We also offer help with completing the forms if necessary.

Funding Sources

Please check that your project meets the requirements and priorities of the funding bodies as not all will be suitable.

Arts Council England -

Grants for the arts is the Arts Council's open access funding programme, and is designed to support a wide variety of arts-related activities.

Activities must be clearly related to the arts and must be project-based. Applications can be made for between £1,000 to £100,000. Grants for the arts is a continuous programme, so you can apply at any time.

Key dates: - Rolling deadlines 2012-2015

Total fund: £202 million

Maximum grant: £200,000

Priority areas: Developing talent - Supporting artists and creative individuals to develop their talent is vital to the future success of arts and culture.

Areas: National

Grants for the arts are for activities carried out over a set period and which engage people in England in arts activities, and help artists and arts organisations in England carry out their work.

Find out more

Full details including funding criteria, application process and forms are all available on the Arts Council website at

Creative Industry Finance

Key dates: - Rolling deadlines 2012-2015

Total fund: £200,000

Maximum grant: Loans available between £5,000 and 25,000

Priority areas:

Business models and management - Strengthens business models in the arts and helps arts organisations to diversify their income streams, including the encouragement of private giving

Creative Economy

Areas: London & North

Creative Industry Finance offers business development training and access to finance for small to medium-sized creative industry enterprises.

The current one-year pilot of the scheme is taking place in London and the Yorkshire and Humber regions, with a total investment of £300,000 across the two regions.

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Strategic touring programme

Key dates: - You can apply at any time but to be considered for a particular funding round, apply by the following dates in 2013:

Friday 14 June, Friday 9 August, Friday 4 October, Friday 29 November

Funding decisions made: Monday 5 August, Monday 30 September, Monday 25 November, Monday 27 January 2014 Total fund: £45 million

Maximum grant: No maximum

Priority areas: Touring - Help us achieve our goal of more people in England experiencing and be inspired by the arts.

Areas: - National

The £45 million Strategic touring programme was launched in 2011 and is designed to encourage collaboration between organisations, so that more people across England experience and are inspired by the arts, particularly in places which rely on touring for much of their arts provision.

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Big Lottery Fund – Awards for All

Awards for All offers groups a quick and easy way to get small lottery grants of between £300 and £10,000. It funds a wide range of community projects aimed at developing skills, improving health, revitalising the local environment and enabling people to become more active citizens.

Further information can be found here:

Please note - if the main purpose of an applicant's project is to engage people in England in art activities or help art organisations in England carry out their work, the project is unlikely to be eligible for Awards for All but may be eligible for the Arts Council England's Grants for the Arts programme.


Heritage Lottery Fund – Sharing Heritage

The Sharing Heritage programme is for any type of project related to heritage in the UK. You can apply at any time for a grant from £3,000 to £10,000.

Further information can be found here:


Voluntary Arts

Voluntary Arts works to promote and increase active participation in cultural activities across the UK and Republic of Ireland. Although Voluntary Arts is not a grant-making body, information on grants and funding opportunities currently available from other awarding bodies can be found on their website

For more local information please visit:


Funding Websites

GrantFinder -

A continuously updated grants and policy database that includes details of over 7,000 funding opportunities.

Funding Central -

Funding Central is a free smart website for the voluntary and community sector, including social enterprise, providing access to thousands of funding and finance opportunities.

Labforculture -

Find funding for your project, initiative or organisation. Learn more about mobility schemes, foundations, corporate sponsorship, philanthropy and alternative sources of funding.

Ideas Tap -

Ideas Tap website lists hundreds of other sources of funding, schemes, bursaries and competitions.

GRANTnet -

GRANTnet enables you to identify and select only funding schemes and awards that are appropriate for your project. The information on GRANTnet comprises in excess of 5,000 funding schemes that are available in the UK from European and national sources, directed at the public, private, charitable, and voluntary and community sectors. You will need to register to use this service, but this is free if you are resident in North Yorkshire.