Arts funding links

Funding opportunities

Winchester City Council hosts regular information events and seminars for fund-raisers and has a policy for funding arts activity through capital (buildings and equipment) and revenue (project and running costs). This page links you to more information about that as well as to other organisations which may be able to help.

  • Winchester City Council (
  • Hampshire County Council (
  • Arts Council England ( National Lottery Project grants.
  • Arts Impact Fund ( provides repayable loan finance between £150,000 and £600,00. 
  • The Arts Society (
  • Baring Foundation ( provides funding for arts based programmes; guidelines for each year's grant-making appear on its website
  • Big Lottery Fund (
  • Brit Trust ( considers all applications which meet the criteria of its mission to encourage young people in the exploration and pursuit of educational, cultural or therapeutic benefits emanating from music.
  • The British Film Institute (BFI) ( provides a wide range of funding and schemes to champion diverse, bold and distinctive filmmaking and nurture new talent.
  • Clore Duffield Foundation ( has an emphasis on supporting children, young people and vulnerable individuals.
  • Creative Industry Finance ( is a programme designed to assist creative and cultural enterprises in securing the finance and investment they need to successfully develop and grow into sustainable businesses. The programme aims to: provide access to finance for a wide range of enterprises operating within the cultural/creative industries, improve the business skills and commercial experience of small and medium size enterprises, improve the financial profile and lending history of creative businesses, provide and evidence base for the demand and effectiveness of loan finance as an alternative to grant funding.
  • The Elephant Trust ( offers grants of up to £2,000 to artists, small organisations and galleries for new innovative visual arts projects based in the UK.
  • EMI Music Sound Foundation ( has instrument and equipment awards up to £2,000 open to schools, music teachers and individuals in full time education.
  • Esmée Fairbairn Foundation ( funds arts projects which "serve audiences" and "support artists".
  • The Fenton Arts Trust ( seeks to assist individuals and organisations who actively contribute to the creative arts in the UK including drama, painting, sculpture, ballet, music and poetry.  Grants are available to groups, companies, institutions and individuals.
  • The Foyle Foundation ( seeks applications that make a strong artistic case for support in either the performing or visual arts.
  • Idlewild Trust ( addresses the lack of opportunities for professional musicians, dancers, actors, writers, artists and those involved creatively in the arts at an early stage in their career. 
  • Jerwood Charitable Foundation ( provides funding for a wide range of arts based activities from circuses to literature.
  • The Lionel Bart Foundation ( Provides funding for prospective actors, composers, drama students, lyricists, book writers, playwrights, designers, choreographers, directors and anyone who wishes to make the theatre their career (undergraduate and postgraduate) via their college or university.
  • Michael Tippett Musical Foundation ( Funding available for the development of group music making involving young people.
  • Music for All ( grants available to address the musical needs of community music groups and educational organisations.
  • National Foundation for Youth Music ( distributes lottery money to music based arts projects working with young people from birth to 25 years of age.
  • Open 4 Funding ( provides an enhanced support service for local businesses, community groups, public sector bodies or students
  • Own Art ( provides interest free loans for the purchase of contemporary art and craft. The programme aims to: broaden and deepen the public's understanding and appreciation of high quality visual arts, encourage increased sales of original work by living artists, make buying art more affordable for everyone, to support the development of the UK's visual arts infrastructure, and to make the arts accessible to the widest possible audience.  
  • Paul Hamlyn Foundation ( funds arts projects that address issues of inequality and disadvantage, particularly in relation to young people.
  • Performing Right Society ( have a wide range of schemes for music and musicians development.
  • The South Square Trust ( assists individuals wishing to study degree courses in the fine and applied arts, as well as assisting registered charities with donations.
  • Sydney Dean Whitehead's Charitable Trust offers support to parents with the educational costs of their children, especially those with artistic talents.  Apply to the Secretary in writing with a self addressed envelope to Moore Stephens, 30 Gay Street, Bath, BA1 2PD or telephone 01225 48 610.
  • Take it Away ( provides interest free loans for the purchase of musical instruments. The programme aims to: increase access to owning musical instruments for children and young people, encourage participation in music making across a wide section of society, support a network of specialist musical instrument retailers across the country that provide a range of support services to customers.
  • Trusthouse Charitable Foundation Grants Programme (UK) ( works with charities and not-for-profit organisations that are active in the fields of Health Care and Disability; Community Support and the Arts and Education are able to apply for funding through the Trusthouse Charitable Foundation.
  • Think Big (UK) ( is an award scheme created by The Conservation Foundation and O2 who have come together to help people improve their local environment. Think Big will provide awards of up to £1,000 to local organisations and individuals to support environmental projects.
  • The Wingate Foundation ( supports performing arts and music.
  • The Wolfson Foundation ( has a long history of supporting the arts and humanities - in recognition of the UK's strength in this area and the importance of the cultural sector both to the economy and to the enrichment of society.
  • Youth Music Network ( is a national charity investing in music-making projects for children and young people (aged 0-25) experiencing challenging circumstances