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Sources for Public Art

The information is accurate to the best of our knowledge. However, check thoroughly with the organisation for accuracy of details and relevance of grant.

Age Concern

Age Concern offer several grants schemes including a small grants scheme of up to £1,000 and a volunteering scheme. At the time of going to copy, they were about to announce details of their volunteering scheme for 2009/10.

Contact the grants unit:

Tel: 020 8765 7200 Email: [email protected]


Arts & Business

Through 12 regional offices, Arts & Business acts as a crucible where businesses and arts organisations come together to create partnerships to benefit themselves and the community at large. Each A&B region runs programmes and services, to bring together the arts and business communities locally.

They offer two investment programmes 'Reach' and 'Invest', training and mentoring and networking forums and advisory clinics. The 'Reach' programme is open application whereas 'Invest' is by invitation only. Further information is available on their website. These programmes were closed to new applications due to funding cuts in February 2008. Information on new schemes is due in Autumn 2008.

Head Office: Nutmeg House, 60 Gainsford Street, Butlers Wharf, London SE1 2NY.

Tel: 020 7378 8143 Fax: 020 7407 7527 Email: [email protected]

South West Office Director: Phil Gibby, 61 Park Street, Bristol BS1 5NU.

Tel: 0117 929 0522 Email: [email protected] Website: www.AandB.org.uk

Arts Council England

Arts Council England offers a national funding scheme Grants for the arts. General information on this scheme, open to individuals and organisations, is available from 0845 300 6200, by email on [email protected], by textphone on 020 7973 6564 or on the website www.artscouncil.org.uk There is also information on other sources of funding on Arts Council England's website. Guidance and advice about Grants for the arts can be sought from the appropriate artform in the Arts Council office for the region you are based in - the enquiry team on 0845 300 6200 will put you in touch with the appropriate person.

Arts and Health South West

Arts and Health South West is an information, support and advisory organisation. They have a membership scheme and you can subscribe free to their newsletter. Their website and newsletter offer links and up to date information on all aspects of arts and health funding within the south west region and links to national sources.

Contact Emma Williams, Tel: 0117 907 3861Email: [email protected]

Website: www.artsandhealthsouthwest.org.uk

Awards for All

Awards for All makes lottery grants up to £10,000 to not-for-profit groups and supports projects that enable people to take part in art, sport, heritage and community activities, as well as projects that promote education, the environment and health in the local community. The priorities in the south west are currently: youth, disability, older people, rural and urban initiatives. Applications can be made at any time but the grant must be used within one year.

Tel: 0845 600 2040 for a pack. South West Regional Office: 01392 849705. www.awardsforall.org.uk

The Baring Foundation grants for arts and older people

The Baring Foundation has announced that its arts programme in 2010 will focus on supporting working with older people.  The foundation will publish a mapping report in September 2009 on current practice in this field.  If your arts organisation works in this area, the Foundation would like to hear from you. http://baringfoundation.org.uk

Big Lottery Fund Programmes

The Big Lottery Fund is the largest distributor of National Lottery money and was created by merging the New Opportunities Fund and the Community Fund.

South West office, Beaufort House, 51 New North Road , Exeter EX4 4EQ

Tel: 01392 849700 Textphone: 01392 490633 Fax: 01392 491134

Email: [email protected] Website: www.biglotteryfund.org.uk

The BURA Charitable Trust (British Urban Regeneration Association)

Promotes outstanding examples of community regeneration and advocates the involvement of community organisations as key partners in developing integrated, holistic programmes of regeneration. It operates Best Practice in the Community Regeneration Awards, and Best Practice in Waterways Development and Regeneration Awards. Eligible projects must display the majority of the following criteria: be community inspired, contribute to the raising of community spirit and improve quality of life, be viable and sustainable, be accountable and respond to local stakeholders and have a track record of success.

4th Floor 63-66 Hatton Garden, London EC1N 8LE

Tel: 020 7539 4030 Email: [email protected] Website www.bura.org.uk/awards

CABE - Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment

CABE's long-term aim is to improve the quality of the built environment. It has several funding streams and initiatives including PROJECT (see details separately in alphabetical order).

CABE Education

CABE Education exists to ensure that young people understand the value of well designed buildings and spaces. Please refer to CABE Education for details of current funding initiatives.

Tel: 020 7960 2400 Email: [email protected]

Website: www.cabe-education.org.uk

CABE Space

This seeks to improve the quality of green spaces through better planning, design, management and maintenance. CABE Space offers a number of support and advisory schemes. Please refer to the website for up-to-date initiatives.

Tel: 020 7960 2400 Email: [email protected] Website: www.cabespace.org.uk

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

The Arts Programme is for professional arts organisations or individual professional artists working in partnerships or groups. Its purpose is to support the development of new artmaking in any artform. It excludes activities which are linked to mainstream education. Under its Arts in Public Spaces scheme, grants are available for early research and development activities leading to particularly imaginative and unusual projects devised for urban or rural landscapes, the built environment and the countryside, and to be led by artists, curators or arts organisations.

As a guide, grants rarely exceed £15,000.

98 Portland Place, London W1N 4ET. Tel: 020 7636 5313 Email: [email protected]

Website: www.gulbenkian.org.uk

Civic Trust Awards

Recognises architecture and design that makes an exceptional contribution to our built environment. The Civic Trust Awards are unique in that they take into account the way in which schemes relate to their settings and to the people that they serve. The awards were previously run on a two-year cycle: one year for projects built in the UK's major cities and metropolitan areas, the next year for the countryside and country towns. However, in 2007 these were merged into one awards scheme.

The Awards Office, The Civic Trust, 5th Floor, Century Buildings, 31 John Street, Liverpool L2 6RG

Tel: 0151 231 6907

Website: http://www.civictrust.org.uk/awards/awards.shtml

Clore Duffield Foundation

The Foundation concentrates its support on education, the arts, museum and gallery education, art and design education, health, social welfare and disability. A particular emphasis is placed on supporting children, young people and society's more vulnerable individuals. Only registered charities and local authority managed museums and galleries are eligible for funding.

Email: [email protected] Website: www.cloreduffield.org.uk

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust

Aims to promote and achieve social and economic regeneration in the coalfield communities. Groups and organisations who show that their project or activity benefits a coalfield community can apply. There is a network of regional offices covering Scotland, Wales, and various regions of England; please see the website for a full list of contact details:


Email: [email protected]

Website: www.coalfields-regen.org.uk

Co-operative Partnerships

The Co-op's community awards are focused on the environment and communities near Co-op shops. Grants have ranged from £200 to £2000.

FREEPOST OL5573, Sandbrook Way, Rochdale, Lancs. OL11 1YD. Tel: 01706 891412

Dulux Community Projects

ICI Paints, sponsor of the scheme, provides help to recognised voluntary groups who wish to carry out painting projects for the benefit of the community. Free supplies of paint are awarded for use in connection with worthwhile community projects.

Box 343, London WC2E 8RJ.

The Edward Marshall Trust Awards

The Edward Marshall Trust aims to sponsor progressive ideas and action in the fields of design, craftsmanship and production of useable objects. In its biennial awards the Trust gives £10,000 to the winning proposal and becomes an active partner in its realisation.

Watford Old Farm, 17 Cranley Road, Guildford, Surrey GU1 2EW. Tel: 01483 570801 Email: [email protected]

The Elephant Trust

For organisations and individuals, for the extension of creative endeavour and initiative, encouraging the experimental, unconventional and imaginative. Apply in writing, with sae.

Ruth Rattenbury, 512 Bankside Lofts, 65 Hopton Street, London SE1 9GZ.

Email: [email protected]

The Elmgrant Trust

The Elmgrant Trust offers grants for general charitable purposes, in particular for the encouragement of local life through education, the arts and the social sciences, and primarily in the South West.

The Secretary, Elmhirst Centre, Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6EL. Tel: 01803 863160

English Partnerships

Community Investment Fund was set up to enable communities to participate more effectively in local regeneration. With the formation of the Regional Development Agencies in 1999, CIF projects transferred to the RDAs and the operation of this fund by English Partnerships ceased. Contact your local RDA for further details.

Website: www.englishpartnerships.co.uk

Environmental Action Fund

Funded by DEFRA, this scheme is part managed by the Trust and reflects ongoing work on sustainable environments and championing community involvement.

EAF Grants Administrator: Sarah McQuillen Email: [email protected]

Website: www.civictrust.org.uk/eaf/eaf.shtml

This scheme has now closed, however, you can contact DEFRA to request email updates on future funding programmes:

Email: [email protected]

The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

This trust makes grants across four programmes: arts and heritage, education, environment and social development. The arts programme has two main areas of interest: serving audiences and supporting artists. Their Arts and Heritage funding stream has a key focus on contemporary visual arts until mid 2008, including artforms, which they cite as 'Sculpture, crafts and design, among others.'

Applications from individual artists are not accepted.

Three new approaches to funding were announced in May 2008. These are: Food, a Northern Ireland pilot and a Finance Fund. More information is available from the website or from Laura Lines, Tel: 020 7297 4711 Email: [email protected]

11 Park Place, London SW1A 1LP. Tel: 020 7297 4700 Email: [email protected]

Website: www.esmeefairbairn.org.uk

European Heritage Awards

A European consortium of local authorities, NGOs and others involved in protecting and enhancing Europe 's cultural heritage. Each year it gives awards to exemplary built and natural environmental projects including the restoration of old buildings, the adaptation of old buildings for new use, the conservation and reconstruction of parks, gardens and landscapes and sensitive development in conservation areas.

Marjinke de Jong, Europa Nostra Secretariat, Lange Voorhout 35, 2514 EC, The Hague, Netherlands.

Fax: 00 31 70 361 7865

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) was set up 1975 to stimulate economic development in less prosperous regions of the European Union (EU). England has nine regions designated as Objective 1 or Objective 2, and has £3.4 billion to help projects which improve these regions. The first step is to approach the Government Office for your region. The Government Office can advise you on potential projects. They can also provide application forms and information packs.

Website: http://www.erdf.communities.gov.uk

Foundation for Sports and the Arts

The FSA looks to support a wide range of activities where there is clear beneficial impact across the community. Their particular goal at this time is to encourage active participation by young people. Apart from professional football and horse racing, most socially inclusive sport is considered. Support for the arts covers the widest spectrum of activity.

Note: the Trustees have decided to cease the activities of the Foundation at the end of March 2012. To assist a smooth closure program, no new applications for funding will be considered after the end of March 2009.

PO Box 20, Liverpool L13 1HB. Tel: 0151 259 5505 Email: [email protected]

Website: www.thefsa.net

The Gane Charitable Trust

Funds arts and culture, focusing on Bristol and Gwent and on urban design commission documentation and on the artist's fee.

Tel: 0117 926 5548.

The Garfield Weston Foundation

This foundation gives small grants to community organisations. Arts is one of the areas of interest.

Tel: 020 7399 6565Website: www.garfieldweston.org

Henry Moore Foundation

Gives grants to a range of categories: exhibitions (established galleries only), conferences, fellowships and bursaries, research grants, museum and gallery acquisitions of sculpture, conservation work, minor capital projects. The Foundation does not give grants to individuals and cannot fund revenue expenditure of galleries and other publicly supported institutions.

The Director, The Henry Moore Foundation, Dane Tree House, Perry Green, Much Hadham, Herts SG10 6EE. Tel: 01279 843333

Heritage Lottery Fund

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) enables communities to celebrate, look after and learn more about our diverse heritage - museums and historic buildings, local parks and nature reserves, recording and celebrating traditions, customs and history. Applications can be made to programmes such as Heritage Grants, for grants of £50,000 or more, or Young Roots, which offers grants of between £5,000 and £25,000 to projects which engage young people between 13 and 20 in finding out about their heritage.

Tel: 0207 591 6042/43/44 Email: [email protected] Website: www.hlf.org.uk

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced that the next closing date for applications to the Parks for People programme is the 31st August 2009 for a decision in December 2009.

Launched originally as a joint initiative with the Big Lottery Fund full responsibility for the programme will pass to the Heritage Lottery from April 2009. Local Authorities as well as not for profit organisations that own public parks and gardens can apply for grants of between £250,000 and £5 million for the regeneration of parks and public gardens (including squares, walks and promenades). Applicants will need to raise at least 30 % of the project costs from their own sources and partnership funding, either as cash or non-cash contributions.

The 'Parks for People' programme has a two-stage application process. If a Stage One Pass is awarded, applicants can submit a Stage 2 application.

Recent awards include: a £1.84 million grant to restore Castle Park in Fordsham, Cheshire back to its original historic landscape and to improve sports facilities, the play area, and cafe and kiosk facilities a £3.5million grant to restore the historic landscaping and buildings, upgrading footpaths, entrances, furniture and signage of Brockwell Park which is located between Brixton, Norwood and Dulwich.

Website: http://www.hlf.org.uk/English/HowToApply/OurGrantGivingProgrammes/Parks+for+People/

J Paul Getty Jr Charitable Trust

Consideration will be given to projects concerned with the therapeutic use of the arts for long-term benefit, and projects which enable groups to feel welcome in arts venues, and which enable them to make long-term constructive use of their leisure. They have announced four main categories of social welfare, arts, conservation

Tel: 020 7486 1859 Website: www.jpgettytrust.org.uk

The John S Cohen Foundation

Funds arts, culture, environment, conservation and heritage.

Tel: 020 7286 6921.

The John Ellerman Foundation

Makes grants in social welfare, medical and disability, arts and conservation. In the arts, are interested in performing arts, visual arts, historic buildings and museums. Not open to individuals and local charities. Minimum grants are £10,000.

Aria House, 23 Craven Street, London WC2N 5NS. Tel: 020 7930 8566 Email: [email protected] Website: www.ellerman.org.uk

Max Reinhardt Charitable Trust

Runs an annual public art prize worth £10,000, the Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award. The prize is for an artist to carry out a 10 week residency in an NHS hospital and then produce a site specific artwork for that hospital plus another work for the charity Paintings in Hospitals. The next award will be advertised in December 2008 and the residency takes place the following summer. www.alexandrareinhardt.org

Natural England

Two major areas of funding are: Access to Nature and Biodiversity. Access to Nature aims to encourage more people to enjoy the outdoors, particularly those who face social exclusion or those who normally have little or no contact with nature. Funded by the Big Lottery Fund's Changing Spaces scheme and Natural England, awards are between £50,000 and £500,000. In the summer of 2008 they launched the 2010 Biodiversity Action Fund, which has a variety of aims concerning halting the loss of biodiversity in England. The scheme will cover up to 50% of project costs. This will be the final scheme of this type. Applicants are strongly advised to visit the website for criteria, deadlines and application procedures.

Website: www.naturalengland.org.uk

National Lottery Funded Programmes

National Lottery Funding Helpline will advise on ideas for lottery projects and forward the enquiry to the relevant distributor. There are currently 15 independent distributing bodies responsible for awarding Lottery grants.  These bodies make their grant decisions independently of Government and the DCMS.

Tel: 0845 275 0000

Lottery Funding is a joint website run by all Lottery funders in the UK.   This site allows you to search information on current funding programmes across the UK. www.lotteryfunding.org.uk

Paul Hamlyn Foundation

The Foundation concentrates on issues of inequality through arts and education, particularly in relation to young people. The Foundation is interested in increasing awareness of and access to the arts, partnership arts in education, and schemes which give teachers access to best practice in the creative arts. The Foundation also has a strong interest in combating disaffection and alienation in young people and supports initiatives which try and tackle these issues. Applications can be made for grants of up to £100,000.

18 Queens Anne's Gate, London SW1H 9AA. Tel: 020 7227 3500 Website: www.phf.org.uk

Parks for People Initiative

A joint initiative between the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund. It helps with the restoration and regeneration of public parks and gardens, including squares, walks and promenades. Final deadline for Stage One applications is 30 September 2008.

Tel: 0207 591 6042/43/44 Email: [email protected] Website: www.hlf.org.uk

The R J Harris Charitable Settlement

Supports arts and youth projects, environment, conservation and heritage in Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire.

Tel: 01225 340098.

The Radcliffe Trust

The Radcliffe Trust's grant-making policy is concentrated in two main areas - music and crafts. In the area of crafts, the main thrust is the support of training young people (mostly in cathedral workshops) by way of grants to employers, bursaries on offer to students, etc. Other grants are for excellence in crafts related to conservation.

John Burden, Secretary to the Trustees, 5 Lincoln 's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3BT. Tel: 020 7405 1234.

The Rayne Foundation

The Rayne Foundation offers grants to organisations in the areas of arts, education, and social welfare ranging from £5,000 to £200,000. The Foundation will make grants to organisations with a charitable purpose, which are registered and working in the UK (to include registered charities, companies and universities amongst others), including national or umbrella organisations.

For further information please contact: The Rayne Foundation, Carlton House, 33 Robert Adam Street, London W1 3HR.

Email: [email protected]


The Rosemary Bugden Charitable Trust

Supports the arts in Gloucestershire and North Somerset and makes grants to organisations including schools and charities.

Tel: 0117 917 3022.

Save and Prosper Foundation and Educational Trust

Will fund charities working in the arts, culture, recreation, libraries, museums, theatres and opera houses, and educational projects which give opportunities to young people and access to the arts for school-age children.

Duncan Grant, Director, Finsbury Dials, 20 Finsbury Street, London EC2Y 9AY. Tel: 0207 417 2332.

The Scottish Arts Council

The Scottish Arts Council’s new Public Art Fund is an open application scheme running until 31 January 2009, with no deadlines.

The Public Art Fund is aimed at attracting original proposals – from a broad range of organisations – to produce exciting and innovative public art across Scotland. The key elements to the work it will support are:

  • non-arts location (public space rather than gallery, theatre etc)
  • public engagement
  • innovative approaches
  • ambitious ideas
  • artistic quality.

Tel: 0131 226 6051; Email: [email protected]
Website: www.publicartscotland.com

The Secret Millionaire Fund

Charities and community organisations can apply for grants of between £300 and £10,000 from the Secret Millionaire Fund, funded by the Big Lottery Fund in partnership with the Channel 4 series.  Grants are available to support stronger communities.  The programme will be open to applications between 10 May and 21 December 2009, and applications can be made any time.  Applicant projects must result in:

  • People having better chances in life
  • Stronger communities
  • Improved rural and urban environments
  • Healthier and more active people and communities

www.BigLotteryFund.org.uk  0844 88 80 100

Shell Better Britain Campaign

This campaign aims to enable effective action for community based sustainable development. Small grants of any amount up to £2000. Your group should aim to improve the quality of life in your neighbourhood and to bring the local community together and have direct links with broad environmental issues. Shell makes quick decisions and will fund 100%.

Victoria Works, 21a Graham Street, Hockley, Birmingham B1 3JR. Tel: 0121 212 9221.

The SITA Trust

Funding for Community Facilities (England, Scotland & Wales). Funding organisation that supports community and environmental improvement projects around waste treatment and landfill sites owned by the waste management company SITA UK has announced that the next application deadlines under its enhancing communities programme are the 24th November 2009 for its Large Grants programme and the 14th October 2009 for its Small Grants programme. Under its Large Grant programme grants of between £10,001 and £50,000 are available to not-for-profit organisations including community groups, parish councils, charities, local authorities and voluntary organisations to fund physical improvements to community, sport or historic buildings/structures within 3 miles of a Sita site. The Small Grants Scheme provides fast-track access to funding for community improvement applications of up to £10,000 within 3 miles of a qualifying Sita site. For more information, visit: http://www.sitatrust.org.uk/community-funding

The Tudor Trust

Assistance is given to organisations with charitable objectives, which are implementing practical projects in urban or rural areas where need is especially great, current provision is inadequate, resources are scarce or potential is unrealised. The active involvement of local people is important. Key projects include: voluntary activity in isolated areas, school/home links, building projects with a thoughtful response to energy conservation, the environment, and employment schemes for people with disabilities. Do not give many grants for the arts. No grants to individuals.

7 Ladbroke Grove, London W11 3BD. Tel: 020 7727 8522.

Wellcome Trust

The Wellcome Trust offers a variety of grants programmes including Arts Awards: supporting projects that engage the public with biomedical science through the arts.

Website: www.wellcome.ac.uk

Wessex Water

Wessex Watermark is a grant scheme launched by Wessex Water and organised by the Conservation Foundation (1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR Tel: 020 7591 3111) to enable community, youth and environmental groups in the Wessex Water region to apply for financial help when undertaking projects that link in some way with water.

Wessex House, Passage Street, Bristol BS2 0JQ. Tel: 0117 290611 Contact: Marilyn Smith

World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF UK)

The Community Education section runs the BT/WWF Partnership Awards, Environment in the Community, which makes awards to local groups working to benefit the environment and the community. Register in February for awards in the autumn. Community Education also runs WWF UK 's Local Agenda 21 project. The Scottish WWF launched a grants scheme for greener buildings in spring 2008.

Panda House, Weyside Park, Godalming, Surrey GU7 1XR. Tel: 01483 426444 Fax: 01483 426409

Reference books

Most main public reference libraries have a fundraising section in which the following books may be found:

Directory of Social Change (DoSC)

Offers a wide range of guides to grants, fundraising and other relevant skills for voluntary and community organisations.

24 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2DP.Tel: 020 7209 5151 Website: www.dsc.org.uk

Directory of Grant Making Trusts, published biannually by the Charities Aid Foundation and available from DoSC.

The Arts Funding Guide, published annually by DoSC

The Grant Register, published annually by Palgrave McMillan

A Guide to the Major Trusts, Vol I and Vol II (pub DoSC)

A Guide to Local Trusts in the South of England (pub DoSC)

The Guide to UK Company Giving (pub DoSC)

For those in Ireland: The Irish Fundraising Handbook, 6th Edition 2007 (pub Create)

To download an order form visit: www.create-ireland.ie



The South West Funding Information Database developed by the Charities Information Bureau South West, offers a free searchable facility for individual project searches as well as a themed approach. You have to register, and a password will be sent to you. It links to a bi monthly regional bulletin and your local funding advisor.


Searchable online database giving information about funding sources for projects in the voluntary and community sector in the south west.


The fit4funding website provides help and advice for community groups and voluntary organisations who are seeking funding.


FunderFinder is a small UK charity producing software and other resources, mainly for grant-seekers. The site signposts sources of information about funding.


One of the best UK related fund-raising sites.


On-line fundraising information for charities, voluntary organizations, community groups, local authorities and other not-for-profit organizations throughout the UK.


Provides a range of funding information including a directory to the site of European foundations and corporate funders.


Information about more than 60 regeneration funding streams.


Designed to provide up-to-date information about European funding, offering impartial and independent advice and technical support for all voluntary and community organisations seeking European Social Fund (ESF) Funding. They are the regional European forum for the voluntary sector and community organisations involved in training and employment opportunities in the South East and South West of England.

© Public Art South West

October 2008

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