Applying to Grants for the Arts

How to apply to our grant programme for individuals, art organisations and other people who use the arts in their work.

Key Information

Funding activity

Audio-visual, broadcast and transmission, buildings and infrastructure, capacity building, commissioning, digital creation, diversity and equality, education and learning, exhibition, festival, organisational development, original work, participation, performance, production, professional development, publishing, research and development, sector development, talent development, touring.

Grant range

£1,000 to £100,000.


Individuals, organisations, libraries and museums.

Key dates

Grants for the Arts is a rolling programme with no deadlines. Decisions on applications for £15,000 or less take six weeks. Decisions on applications of over £15,000 take 12 weeks.   

Important update: Applications for £15,000 and under in May and June

We are currently receiving high volumes of Grants for the Arts applications for £15,000 or less.  As a result, it is currently taking us longer than usual to reach a decision on these applications.

Normally, If you are submitting an application for £15,000 and under please allow 6 weeks to receive your decision. During this high volume period, please allow 8 weeks to receive your decision.

We will update this page accordingly as we reduce our decision making timeframes. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact us


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Top left to bottom right: 1. Man doing pottery 2. No Credit Displaying 3. No Credit Displaying 4. Liverpool Library on National Libraries Day 2016 © Graham Lucas Commons 5. Photo © Jill Jennings / Wakefield Museum, courtesy of Wakefield Council 6. Little girl mid-jump and dancing with man 7. No Credit Displaying 8. Arts and Communities programme - Report 2017