Grants for External Charities 2021

Grants for External Charities 2021

This page is for applications from external charities.


We can only accept online applications.

UK registered chairities can apply for a grant up to £3000 max.

Our grants round is now closed.
Our Spring Grants round for Charities will open in February 2021.
Please note any applications received after the closing deadline will not be considered.
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 encourage applications that respond to and encompass the needs highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as our usual funding objectives.

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.

  • 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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