Funding Opportunities

National Lottery Heritage Fund reopens project grants

Project grants up to £5million can once more be applied for from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The grants are available for the same, broad range of heritage projects and activities as usual. However, there is one critical change to be aware of. Between April 2021 and March 2022 when making funding decisions, priority will be given to heritage projects that deliver at least one of the following outcomes:

  • boosting local economies, including job creation
  • improving people’s wellbeing
  • making local areas better place to live, work and visit
  • developing skills, including creating training opportunities
  • improving the resilience of organisations

This aims to ensure that the funding provided by National Lottery players will support the wider UK economic and social recovery from the pandemic.

Further information, including guidance on how to apply for grants, can be found here.


Archives Revealed Cataloguing Grants

The Archives Revealed cataloguing grants programme has now re-opened for round 4, following a comprehensive review in 2020. The grants of up to £45,000 from this partnership programme allow archives to catalogue their collections and make them accessible to the public for research and enjoyment. The deadline for expression of interest is 11 March 2021. Full details about eligibility and how to apply here.


Apply to be key partner in a youth in arts and culture project

Where we are… is a new national programme for young people aged 16–24 to co-design meaningful local arts and cultural projects around the UK.

Running from 2021 until 2025 and supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, the programme aims to give young people agency within their own local communities by creating cultural projects. The British Museum has a launched an open call to partner organisations throughout the UK to help co-deliver these projects. With the support of the British Museum, each Key Partner will locally manage the recruitment of 10 young people and the co-production of a youth-led arts or cultural project. Applications must be submitted by 22 March and you can find out more here.


Stitching Together guidelines

Participatory textile projects are a very popular form of community arts practice, and The Stitching Together network has produced good practice guidelines that provide advice for facilitators of participatory textile making workshops and projects, including people working within museums and galleries, and community activists. The publication aims to highlight all the aspects of a participatory textile making project that need to be considered in order for it to work well from the point of view of the participants, the facilitator and any partner organisation or funder.


Dr Martens is dishing out £60,000 to artists for new video commissions at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London.