This page contains information relating to artist funding in the UK. We have tried our best to lay out the information available in a convenient and efficient manner, but we always welcome feedback and additions to our resources. Please contact [email protected] with any contributions.


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Finding funding as a disabled artist can be challenging. We have tried to collate information on this page that might make that process easier for disabled artists seeking funding in the UK. However, we can only guarantee that information on this page is accurate at the time it was updated, and not beyond. We endeavour to thoroughly check the validity of third party information we signpost, but occasionally providers elect not to disclose some requirements before enquiries are made by artists. 

It is also worth bearing in mind that artist funding comes various timeframes as well as some places requiring membership to access more information.

How to navigate this page

This page is divided into three sections. 

  1. Table displaying the various funding providers in the UK. Clicking on a funding provider's name in this table will take you to the relevant information we have been able to gather about the service further down the page
  2. Further information about each of the funding providers, including any available accessibility notes. Click the pink heading title to visit the organisation's external website
  3. Links to external directories and resources relating to finding artist funding in London and beyond

What sort of funding are you looking for?

Funding Provider Artist / Project Fees
Access Funding
Learning / Research Time
Additional Funding Directory
Access to Work  
   
Artquest  
Arts Council England
Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy    
Crowdfunder  
Elephant Trust      
Gane Trust    
Help Musicians      
Paul Hamlyn Foundation      
PRS for Music Foundation      
Snowdon Scholarship      
Wellcome    

More information about artist funding organisations

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.

Artquest
Everything a visual artist needs to know. 

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: https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/DYCP

Project grants: https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/projectgrants 

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.

Crowdfunder
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 

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. 

Paul Hamlyn Foundation
Ideas and Pioneers Fund

The Fund offers grants of up to £15,000 to support people with a vision of a better society to explore their ideas for change. The page also lists a number of other funding sources you might find useful

PRS for Music Foundation
PRS for Music Foundation is looking to support music creators, performers 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. 

Snowdon Scholarship
The Snowdon Masters Scholarships is for national and international disabled students applying for a master's programme at any UK institution that starts in 2022.
Up to a maximum of £30,000 of funding per successful student is available - with up to £15,000 available towards master's fees and a £15,000 p.a. allowance while studying.
The scholarship has been designed to identify, accelerate and support talented disabled individuals to achieve their higher education goals.

Wellcome
Wellcome supports imaginative and experimental arts projects that investigate biomedical science. The scheme aims 
to: 
- 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, creative writing or digital media.


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