Access to Work
An Access to Work grant can pay for practical support if you have a disability, health or mental health condition to help you:

  • start working
  • stay in work
  • move into self-employment or start a business

How much you get depends on your circumstances.

The money doesn’t have to be paid back and will not affect your other benefits.

Everything a visual artist needs to know.  

Arts Awards
Arts Awards support imaginative and experimental arts projects that investigate biomedical science. The scheme aims 
- stimulate interest, excitement and debate about biomedical science through the arts 
- examine the social, cultural, and ethical impact of biomedical science 
- support formal and informal learning 
- encourage new ways of thinking 
- encourage high quality interdisciplinary practice and collaborative partnerships in arts, science and/or education practice. 
All art forms are covered by the programme: dance, drama, performance arts, visual arts, music, film, craft, photography, creativewriting or digital media. 

Arts Council England
We work to get great art to everyone by championing, developing and investing in experiences that enrich people's lives. Grants for the arts are the activities carried out over a set period and which engage people in England arts activities and help artists and organisations in England carry out their work. This link takes you to the main funding page on the ACE website, which includes organisational funding. Below are links to areas of support for independent artists. 

Developing your creative practice:

Project grants: 

Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy
The Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Programme offers people across the arts and cultural sector training, traineeships, coaching, and digital skills development to encourage innovative and effective practice in arts fundraising and encourage a more entrepreneurial approach to income generation.

Creative Industry Finance - for creative organisations

Critical Network
Critical Network lists residencies and grants together with opportunities for festivals, group shows and commissions.

Crowdfunder is a new way for people to pool small amounts of money to back a good idea or project. If you need funding for a project or idea, Crowdfunder really is a no-brainer. Crowdfunder aims to fund all sorts of crazy, arty, funny, ingenious and jaw-dropping projects. So if you are an artist, explorer, musician, writer, entreprenuer or thrill seeker get in touch and kick start your project with Crowdfunder today.

Elephant Trust - small arts grants for individuals up to £2k 

Gane Trust - small grants to artists up to £1k 

Guidestar UK - Free directory where you can input different search criteria on charities that may give money.
Help Musicians - We welcome musicians who play, create, sing or teach all styles of music and we are working hard to dispel the myth that we only help older classical musicians. We help musicians of all ages and all genres. 

Indie Fund
Indie Fund is a funding source for independent developers, created by a group of successful indies looking to encourage the next wave of game developers.

J4B Community - Free funding directory for the voluntary & community sector; requires registration.

PRS for Music Foundation
PRS for Music Foundation is looking to support music creators, performaers and promoters who are involved in creatively adventurous of pioneering musical activity. It does this by offering a wide range of funding schemes for new music activity/ For full details of each scheme and how to apply.