Our grants round is now closed. Thank you to all of our applicants. We will be announcing the results in due course.

We believe in Arts for All and will use our grants to make a positive contribution to people’s lives through the arts. Never has there been a greater need to support our local arts organisations and museums and continue the vital contribution of skills development in the arts and heritage sectors.

The Arts Society’s Grants Programme supports registered UK charities and whilst we are still prioritising our three areas of giving that are in accordance with our charitable objectives, we recognise that the global pandemic has greatly impacted our arts and heritage sectors.

We will therefore, in lieu of our regular grants programme, be holding a special grants round to respond to and encompass the needs highlighted by the COVID–19 pandemic, as well as our usual funding objectives. To be eligible to apply for a grant in this special round, you will need to be either a registered UK Charity with a turnover of £3M or less or one of our Member Societies of The Arts Society.

Further guidance can be seen below.

Grants are an important aspect of our work and have real impact locally as well as regionally and nationally. Over the last few decades, we have awarded millions of pounds to the arts and heritage – an unparalleled legacy that has transformed neighbourhoods, communities, visitor attractions and people’s lives across the length and breadth of the nation and abroad.

All grants from The Arts Society are intended to give access to the arts to those that wouldn’t normally have access to them. We believe in Arts for All and will use our grants to make a positive contribution to people’s lives through the arts.


We have identified three areas of giving that are in accordance with our charitable objectives and meet specific needs in the arts & heritage sectors.


Arts Projects programmes support a wide range of activities to introduce young people to and engage them in artistic experience and practice. They include: artists in residence; art lectures for students; funding visits to art galleries and museums; art exhibitions for young artists; equipment purchases; practical workshops; local Arts Week events; bursaries for individual students; and sponsorship for craft apprentices.


This area is about projects and programmes that further the development and training of skills in the arts, crafts and heritage. There are no age limits to this as we believe that people of all ages benefit from acquiring and honing their creative and heritage skills.


The work of regional and local museums and galleries is important in connecting people with their local heritage and arts; yet these institutions often struggle to raise funds for projects and internships during times of budget cuts. Our grants may support special projects, displays, internship or part-time posts, training and conservation activities. We will also consider applications involving regional and local theatres and performing arts spaces and groups.


  • Registered UK Charities with a turnover of £3M or less

  • Member societies of The Arts Society


The proposed project;

  • Needs to fulfil the charitable objectives of The Arts Society and be given in The Arts Society name.
  • Should make a difference to people’s lives.
  • Has to be viable & sustainable.

  • Must be well-managed.

  • Must be related to the Arts, Crafts, Heritage or Conservation.

  • Must have a robust budget.

  • Must demonstrate sound financial management.

  • Must include publicity for The Arts Society.

  • Successful applicants should track progress and report back to The Arts Society.


Grants will not be given for;

  • Capital expenditure on buildings, machinery or equipment.

  • Operational costs (including staff costs).

  • Projects that have already started/ completed.

  • We cannot accept applications from individuals.




application dates & deadlines

Our grants round is now closed.
Closing deadline for applications is Friday 27th November 2020 17:00 GMT
Please note any applications received after the closing deadline will not be considered.

Header Image: Image reproduced with the kind permission of St Albans Museum & Gallery