Funding Your Creative Work Part 1. Grants

A new year and new creative projects beckon, but how to fund them? Following on from the previous blog on crowdfunding this one looks at public funds available to creatives in the UK.  Future blogs will look at private investment, and competitions – for up dates on current competition go to

A few words of warning with respect to grant funding.

a. Grants tend to be for very specific purposes, and aimed at very specific types of creator. Therefore, do not expect to find a grant for your project or try to make your creative work fit a programme it is not a fit for.

b. Grant applications take time to research, and write. Even talking at length with the grant administrator does not guarantee success. Therefore, weigh up the time commitment against your own creative output to see if it is worth it.

c. Grant applications, like competitions, work to their own timetables. Some like Grants for Arts are open all the time but this is rare. Therefore, ask yourself does the timetable work for your project?

Arts Councils

Arts Council England

Grants for the Arts programme has been running for some time and supports individuals and small groups with grants from £1000 -£100,000.

They also have a funding finder option to help you with others sources of support

Creative Scotland

The general funding body for arts and media work in Scotland with a good weekly newsletter for opportunities

Arts Council of Wales

Funding ranging from literature to film

Arts Council of Northern Ireland

Support for arts in Northern Ireland

Arts Council Ireland

A programme of awards ranging from street art and film to writing and dance.

Other Organisations

British Council

Looking for an international link up then this is probably the place to start


For those with a science bent or in search of a major loan for an arts project then this isa good destination.

Creative Skillset

Aimed at film and TV companies there are training and development opportunities via various seperate funds.

Film London

Annual micro budget and short film competitions

Creative England

Funding for film, games and digital projects outside London

The Princes Trust

If you are 18-30 the Princes Trust could advice on how to start up your creative business

Wellcome Foundation

Grants £5,000 -£3m for health-science related arts projects

Grants for Specific Creative Work

UK Games Fund

Support for games developers

Getty Images

For photographers Getty run a series of grant competitions currently emerging talent and editorial

Dorothea Lange – Paul Taylor Award

An annual grant for documentary collaborations between writers and photographers

CENTER – Advancing the photographic arts

Sante Fe based series of grants for various photographic projects

Don Freeman Awards

Two annual awards for illustrators for children’s books in development prior to contracts

General Grant-Aid

For European Union support check out the Creative Europe site

For  a more general overall assessment of how you individually may obtain financial support they possibly try out Turn2Us

For a large list of international film and video grants check out

For a large list of international photography grants etc see

All the best for your applications and projects.

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