Funding Opportunities

Arts Council England – Small Capital Grants

Grants are available for properly constituted arts and cultural organisations based in England whose capital project outcomes are arts focused and relate to the delivery of arts activity.

Arts Council England has launched the new £11.3 million Small Grants Programme. The funding for the programme comes from the National Lottery.

The funding is intended to support the following Arts Council England outcomes:

  • Its mission of Great art and culture for everyone is achieved.
  • The conditions are created for great art and culture to be made, experienced and appreciated by everyone.
  • Organisations are resilient, more sustainable and innovative businesses having improved their existing buildings and equipment.
  • The capacity of the arts and cultural sector to engage with digital audiences is increased.
  • Environmental performance of buildings and equipment is increased, supporting a reduction in carbon emissions in the arts and cultural sector.
  • Greater impact from the Council’s investment in arts and culture is ensured by securing funding from other partners and/or other sources.
  • Arts and cultural facilities are sustainable without the need for unplanned revenue funding from the Council.

The total fund is £11.3 million. Grants of between £100,000 and £499,999 are available.

Match funding of at least 15% is required.

Applications will be accepted from properly constituted arts and/or cultural organisations based in England whose capital project outcomes are arts focused and relate to the delivery of arts activity.

Arts Council England defines an arts and/or cultural organisation as one that can clearly demonstrate that their primary aims are around arts and culture, with activities benefitting the arts and cultural sector within England.

This includes but is not limited to National Portfolio Organisations, National Portfolio consortium partners, arts organisations, museums, libraries, Music Education Hubs, universities and local authority service departments.

For building projects, groups must have applied for full planning permission (and any other relevant statutory approvals) by the time they apply for funding.

Click here for further details and to apply.

Village Halls Improvement Grant Fund

The Autumn 2018 budget announced that, to mark the centenary of the Armistice, government would support several initiatives, including making available grant funding to support improvement projects for village halls. This is in recognition of the important role that village halls play in underpinning local community life, enabling activities to prevent loneliness among people living in rural areas and to create stronger communities. It is recognised that raising funds for major repairs and improvements is a challenge for trustees of village halls and that the 20% VAT payable on such work can be a significant sum which, in most cases, cannot be recovered, in contrast to halls run by parish and town councils, which can recover VAT.

The aim of this grant funding is the updating and refurbishment of village halls so that they are fit for purpose and provide activities which seek to achieve one or more of the following outcomes for their communities:

Improved health and wellbeing/reduction in loneliness

Demonstrates a positive impact on the environment

Supports the local rural economy

There will be greater emphasis given to applications who have already secured most of the funding.

The grant funding will be managed by ACRE on behalf of Defra with support from the ACRE Network.

Click here for full details and how to apply.

Lloyds Bank Foundation – Criminal Justice National Programme

Grants are available for charities with clear plans and ability to influence positive change in policy and practice under the Foundation’s programme objectives.  Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales, an independent charitable trust funded by Lloyds Banking Group, partners with small and local charities to help more people overcome complex social issues and rebuild their lives. The Foundation offers two grant programmes to charities in England and Wales, one for core costs (Invest) and one to develop and trial new approaches to service delivery (Enable).

The Lloyds Bank Foundation is seeking to fund work under the Criminal Justice National Programme which will achieve a positive impact on policy and practice around:

  • Supporting the specialist voluntary sector to operate, become stronger and to speak up within the current very difficult prisons and probation environment.
  • Improving the policy and operating environment for smaller charities, particularly by seeking to influence the new probation system. The Foundation has already begun work on building links between the Ministry of Justice and grant holders and engaging in discussions about the new probation system.
  • Influencing work further “upstream” in the criminal justice system to help divert and reduce people entering prison in the first place.
  • Influencing support for specific demographic groups within the criminal justice system.

There is a total of £2 million for this programme to be spent over three years. Grants of between £30,000 and £300,000 (total spend over up to three years) are available. The foundation aims to support projects across a range of different scales.

Click here for full details and how to apply.

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