Funding News

Funding for Artists database
The Paul Hamlyn Foundation has launched a new online directory dedicated to UK funding streams for artists, its list ranging from £250 to £20,000. The foundation has increased the value of its own Awards for Visual Arts by £5000 to £50,000. The database is at

Artswork announces FREE ENYAN Membership
Anyone using the arts in their work with young people can now access and benefit from ENYAN's services FREE of charge. Following a 6-month pilot of ENYAN as a paid membership programme, Artswork has had the opportunity to review its effectiveness. Following a recent telephone survey, we have now decided that ENYAN’s services will once again be FREE to access. ENYAN is a networking body for all those using the arts in their work with young people in informal educational settings, including work with young people at risk. For network members, ENYAN creates connections, shares best practice, provides access to high quality resources and information to enhance the quality of youth arts provision and young people’s experiences of the arts across England and the UK.
Visit for more details and to sign up.

Small Loans for Businesses
Small Loans for Business provides business loans to individuals, aiming to support good business ideas that could be difficult to fund through other means. Loans can be used to secure services, purchase equipment or meet a shortfall in funding for specific new projects, but cannot be used for existing running costs. Loans of £3,000 to £50,000 can be borrowed to turn ideas into a new business or grow an existing business! Applicants must be able to contribute a minimum of 30% of the value of the loan. For more information go to 


Funding Advice & Directories

Carrie Carruthers – independent arts fundraiser Carrie works mainly with arts organisations and artists based in Northamptonshire – particularly in making applications to trusts and funds and applications to the Arts Council.   Contact: Carrie Carruthers / 07716 372168 / /

Funding Central Funding Central ( is a free smart website for charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. The site provides access to thousands of funding and finance opportunities, plus a wealth of tools and resources supporting organisations to develop sustainable income strategies appropriate to their needs.

Funding Toolkit This Creative Leicestershire toolkit has been developed to help you find funders and write good bids. Step 2 of the toolkit is a searchable database of local funders. See

Smart Funding Smart Funding offers a full range of fundraising services including; funder research, bid writing, tender writing and review as well as full fundraising campaign management. We also offer strategic advice, business planning and training / mentoring. We have expertise in supporting artists, arts organisations, charities and social enterprises. If you need help with finding new sources of funding and improving the sustainability of your organisation or artistic practice then please get in touch to see how we can help. Contact: Hazel Barnes / 07960 758525 / /


Government & Lottery Funding

Arts Council England
- fund arts activities that engage people in England, or that help artists and arts organisations carry out their work.

Big Lottery Fund The Big Lottery Fund is the largest distributor of Lottery money to good causes.
The Big Lottery Fund (BIG) is responsible for delivering 46 per cent of all funds raised for good causes (about 13 pence of every pound spent on a Lottery Ticket) by The National Lottery.
Contact: Sean Tizzard / 0845 4 10 20 30 / /

ESF Community Learning and Skills Grants - provides grants of up to £10,000 to small organisations, to work with local communities to deliver a range of skills and employment support activities.

Heritage Lottery Fund - Gives £3,000 to £50,000 for a wide variety of community heritage projects, including up to £25,000 for heritage projects led by young people. Gives £50,001 upwards for major projects.

Local Trusts & Foundations

Ford Britain Trust – funds projects focusing on education, environment, children, the disabled, youth activities and projects that provide clear benefits to the local communities close to our UK locations (including Daventry).

London Marathon Trust – grants from £250 up to £250,000 to support recreational projects near its event locations, which include Silverstone.

Northamptonshire Community Foundation The Northamptonshire Community Foundation deliver a variety of funding for the local voluntary and community sector - flow through funds - gifts for now - and longer term funds - gifts that keep on giving. With the help and support of our donors, supporters and partners we support the communities where we live, work and play.  This Foundation is for the county of Northamptonshire.  All funding raised stays right here in the county.
Contact: Rachel McGrath / 01604 230033 /  /  

Northamptonshire Skills and Learning Consortium - Gives up to £10,000 for small organisations to help hard-to-reach participants into jobs.

SITA Trust - Gives up to £50,000 for community amenities within 3 miles of the Irthlingborough landfill site, as well as funding youth volunteering and biodiversity projects.

WREN - Gives £2,000 to £50,000 for “public amenities” (parks, play areas, village halls, museums, etc.) within 10 miles of the Weldon landfill site, as well as funding heritage and biodiversity projects.      


National Trusts & Foundations

Baring Foundation
- specific grants programmes concerned with strengthening the voluntary sector, international development and the arts.

Charity Bank Charity Bank is the only regulated bank in the UK that is also a registered general charity.  It’s also the only bank that uses its depositors’ funds solely to provide financial support and guidance to organisations with a charitable purpose. Charity Bank can provide charity loan funding from £50,000 up to £1 million. We will invest in organisations that have a social purpose including community groups, registered charities and social enterprises. Contact: Peter Hughes / 07919 543237 / /

Clore Duffield Foundation - grant-making charity which concentrates its support on cultural learning, creating learning spaces within arts and heritage organisations, leadership training for the cultural and social sectors, social care, and enhancing Jewish life.

Co-op Community Dividend Fund - Gives grants, between £100 and £2,000 to community groups which carry out positive work in the community.

Elephant Trust – grants of up to £2000 to make it possible for artists and those presenting their work to undertake and complete projects when frustrated by lack of funds.

Esmee Fairburn Foundation – grants for activities in the arts, education and learning, the environment and enabling disadvantaged people to participate fully in society.

Foyle Foundation – Small Grants Scheme of £1000 to £10,000 for small charities and Main Grants Scheme of over £10,000 to charities working in Arts & Learning.

Henry Moore Foundation – grants to support sculpture, including projects and exhibitions which expand the definition of sculpture, such as film, photography and performance.
J Paul Getty Junior Charitable Trust  Following a review and revision of its funding guidelines, the J Paul Getty Junior Charitable Trust has re-opened for grant applications. Under the new guidelines the Trust will make grants of up to £250,000 in the areas of social welfare as well as the arts and heritage. Applications can be made at any time. For more information visit:

LloydsTSB Foundation - Gives grants to charities which help disadvantaged people play a fuller role in the community.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation - grants to organisations which aim to maximise opportunities for individuals to experience a full quality of life, under the themes of Arts, Education & Learning and Social Justice.

Pilgrim Trust - grants to charitable organisations operating in the heritage and social welfare arenas.

Santander Foundation – grants to directly help disadvantaged people through one or both of these charitable priorities - education and training, or financial capability.

The Idlewild Trust - grant making trust that supports registered charities concerned with the encouragement of the performing and fine arts and crafts, the advancement of education within the arts and the preservation for the benefit of the public of lands, buildings and other objects of beauty or historic interest in the United Kingdom.

The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust - makes awards ranging up to £15,000 to craftsmen and women of all ages to help them further their careers.

UnLtd, the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs - Gives £500 to £15,000, plus practical support, to social enterprises. UnLtd also runs the Big Boost for 16-25 yr olds and Sport Relief for 11-21 yr olds             

Wellcome Trust - support imaginative and experimental arts projects that investigate biomedical science.




PleaseFund.Us is one of the UK's largest crowdfunding platforms that provides a risk free way for people to fundraise for their own creative ideas. Contact: Ben Hamilton /07939 960 717 / /

Pledge Music Crowdfunding site for musicians.

Sponsume Crowdfunding platform for creative and entrepreneurial projects

Wefund - UK's largest crowdfunding platform for creative projects, helping to find paying audiences for your work.


EU Funding

EU Culture Programme
The Culture programme aims to achieve three main objectives: to promote cross-border mobility of those working in the cultural sector; to encourage the transnational circulation of cultural and artistic output; and to foster intercultural dialogue.

Northamptonshire European Investment Office
Maximising opportunities for Northamptonshire with regard to partnerships, trade and funding opportunities.


Support Agencies

Arts & Business
- offer learning and development opportunities, tailored fundraising advice and resources for organisations seeking partnerships with business.

Business in the Community - Gives free professional support, such as the time of a surveyor, architect or marketing expert.        

Cultivate - works collaboratively with the East Midlands cultural sector, leading in exemplary business practice, the development of management skills and the building of audiences.

Design Factory Design Factory is the leading creative development agency in the East Midlands with a growing national and international reputation. Our renowned membership is synonymous with high quality, creativity, innovation and fresh design talent. Tailored to emerging, new, mid-career and established makers, we offer 6 levels of subscription to support professional development through our membership levels.  Contact: Hayley Banks / 01529 414532 / /

Nene Valley Community Action - Gives help and advice to community groups in East Northamptonshire and Wellingborough.      

Northamptonshire European Investment Office - maximising opportunities for Northamptonshire with regard to partnerships, trade and funding opportunities.

University of Northampton Enterprise Club The University of Northampton Enterprise Club exists to inspire enterprise and provide a forum for people to meet, gain more business knowledge and access a large range of associated benefits. Whether you have an idea or have already started your business, The Enterprise Club will provide you with the extra help you need for development.
Contact: Sharon Irwin / 01604 892626 /