Funding Round-up – Arts and Culture, April 202108-Apr-2021
Here is a collection of funding rounds from local and national organisations focusing on arts and culture themes aimed at helping charities continue their work in light of the Coronavirus outbreak.
Due to the varying nature and progress of the pandemic, MVA do advise that some of the information below may have changed since the time of its issue, and ask that readers please check each organisation’s website for the latest information.
Open Fund for Organisations from PRS Foundation
Grants of up to £10,000 are available from the PRS Foundation for any not-for-profit organisation based in the UK to support new music projects led by promoters, large performance groups, talent development organisations, venues, festivals and curators in the UK.
The Foundation's funding priorities are:
- To support the creation and performance of outstanding new music in any genre
- To enable the UK’s most talented music creators to realise their potential
- To inspire audiences at a local, regional, national and international level
Funding includes support for: touring, recording, promotion and marketing (provided there is also an element of creation or performance to be funded), commissions of new music by UK-based creators’ exciting community projects involving high-quality music creators, music creator residencies, and live programmes featuring new UK music.
The deadline for applications is Monday 14th June 2021, with further dates to be confirmed.
Royal Theatrical Fund - Fleabag Support Fund
Grants of up to £2,500 are available from The Royal Theatrical Fund (TRTF) to theatre workers in the UK who are in financial need due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The objective of the fund is to provide a small crisis grant to those who have worked professionally in the theatre industry; this can include on stage, front of house, backstage workers, comedians, cabaret performers and commercial dancers.
TRTF advises that those with over £3,000 in savings will not be considered, and that debts will not be taken into consideration.
The Funder states that the next round of funding will relaunch on 1st April 2021 and that the fund remains open to applicants for only FIVE days.
Coronavirus Hardship Fund from Music Union
Grants of up to £200 are available to Music Union (MU) members.
In response to the widespread cancellation of work that has hit the music profession as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, MU says this fund will support members that are experiencing genuine and pressing hardship.
At the time of writing there was no deadline specified, so enquiries to apply for the funding could be made at any time.
National Lottery Arts Council Projects Grants
Grants of up to £100,000 are available from Arts Council England (ACE) for individual artists, community and cultural organisations to support arts, museums and libraries projects that engage people in England with arts and culture.
In light of the impact that the coronavirus crisis has had on the sector the programme will aim to support individuals and organisations to get activities up and running again, and to help people take their first steps in getting re-engaged with culture and creativity.
ACE do say that although this is a Continuous Rolling Programme, where applications can be accepted at any time, they do advise that in light of the pandemic the Council has had to change the application guidance and priorities of funding (review in April 2021) – As an example applications for £15,000 or under will receive a decision quicker than applications for more than £15,000.
If you would like to see coverage of specific funding or grant rounds to help your charity, your project, your community group or enterprise, you can get in touch by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, you can also contact MVA via the website .