Grants for External Charities 2020

Grants for External Charities 2020

This page is for applications from external charities.


We can only accept online applications.

Spring & Autumn rounds £150 - £3000 max.

The spring 2020 round for Charities is now open. . The deadline for submissions is 30th March 2020. 

Before applying for a grant, please read through the information below and the guidelines for Charities at the bottom of this page. If you are sure you will meet our application criteria, register below to obtain your log in details. When you have received these, complete and submit your application form by the deadline. Please register by 23rd March 2020 to ensure you have enough time to complete your application.

Please note any applications received after the closing deadline will not be considered.

2018-2021 FUNDING Priorities

As a result of the grants consultation we held with our members in 2018, we have the following three priorities: 


Young Arts 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.

What we don't fund

  • Organisations that are not registered charities.

  • Capital expenditure (including staff costs).

  • Core costs.

  • Annual Turnover greater that £3M.

  • Repeat applications. (Applicants that are successful two years in succession must wait a year before re-applying.)

  • Non-compliance with application procedures.

  • Please note, reserves will be taken into account. The Charity Commission defines reserves as "that part of a charity's income funds that is freely available."

  • Schools (Primary, Secondary and 6th Form. This includes parent-teacher associations and friends of organisations.) NB - Our member Societies may be able to fund schools arts projects. Please Click Here to find your nearest Society.

  • Applications above £3000.

  • We do not accept applications from individuals.

  • Applicants must be a registered UK charity.


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.


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If you are charity applying for a grant for the first time Please click here to register for a grant application

(If your charity has applied before, please use the login details given previously. If you need help logging in, please email