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.

The Arts Council
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.

The Arts Funding Guide
The Arts Funding Guide (Department for Cultures, Media and Sport), covers funding for organisations and charities, including Government funding, Arts Council England, National Lottery, Sponsorship, Trusts and Foundations International Funds.

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

Artquest has a very useful guide on funding with tips on writing applications and a mini directory of funders.

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 Choices
A how to guide on source funding for projects and apply for visual artists' grants.

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. 

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.

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.

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. 

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.

BBC Performing Arts fund - different art forms ever year.

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

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

IdeasTap - Ideas Fund Innovators (£500 grants) / Also has a free directory of other funds.

Creative Industry Finance - for creative industries

Guidestar UK - Free directory where you can input different search criteria on charities that may give money.

J4B Community - Free funding directory, requires registration