Brighton & Hove Arts & Creative Industries Commission develops policy, raises funds, provides advice and delivers programmes.

This page contains a wide range of pointers to funding information and opportunities for arts and creative organisations and individuals.  They are not categorised, only listed for browsing.

  • Arts & Business

    Arts & Business helps businesses and arts organisations create partnership and has directories on sponsorship within the arts.

    Phone: 020 7378 8143

  • Arts Council England

    Arts Council England are the national lottery distributor for the arts. They support artistic projects that reflect England's rich and diverse cultural identity, improve quality of life and create opportunities for community growth. 

    Their main open application grants programmes is Grants for Arts which has a rolling deadline. They do periodically have other funding programmes

    There is a very helpful directory of arts funding source on the arts Council’s websites here:

  • Big Lottery

    The Big Lottery Fund deliver funding throughout the UK, mostly working with voluntary and community sector. Grants from £500 to £500,000 to organisations ranging from small local groups to major national charities.

    Big Lottery funds community groups and to projects that improve health, education and the environment.

  • Brighton & Hove City Council Grants for Smaller Organisations

    These are annual grants for small not for profit community and voluntary groups.  Applications to this programme can include community arts activities, capital purchase and contribute to core running costs.  Bids usually range from £500 to £3500.

    The city council’s Community and Voluntary Sector grant team offer a Grantfinder service on appointment.  A new free web based grant search facility is also available from Kent4Community and Funding Central.

  • Brighton & Hove City Council Arts Partnership Awards

    These are annual grants, for not for profit arts companies and groups of any size. Awards are made towards arts activities  that support the council’s objectives. They are designed to lever match funding partner and any awards are contingent on the match being achieved. Matches are generally made at 5% to 10% of the total requested from the match funding partner.

  • British Film Industry (BFI)

    Lottery funding to film production, distribution, education, audience development and market intelligence and research for emerging and established film makers.

  • Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

    The foundation supports original projects funding programme is mainly for professional arts organisations or professional artists working in partnerships or groups. It supports the development of new art in any artform applications welcome from British-based organisations involving work with international artists.

    Grants available average between £10,000 and £30,000 not-for-profit organisations can apply not open to individuals.

    Phone: 020 7012 1400

  • Fabrica

    Artist Resource a free drop-in information facility with up to date information on funding AR is open during gallery hours or by appointment when gallery is closed

  • Heritage Lottery

    Heritage Lottery funds projects which make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities in the UK.

    Heritage Lottery have a range of different grant programmes available with grants from £3,000 to over £5million mainly for organisations to apply but ‘Our Heritage’ is now available for individuals to apply.

    Applications are assessed on the broad range of outcomes for heritage, people and communities

  • Ideas Tap

    Ideas Tap is a membership site, creative network, online resource and funding body for emerging arts talent.

  • Local Community Lottery Grant Scheme

    Awards for All England is a simple small grants scheme making awards of between £300 and £10,000 open to community and not for profit groups.

    Awards for All aims to help improve local communities and the lives of people most in need.

  • Lottery funding

    Lottery Funding website encompasses all funding bodies who provide funding from the National Lottery to provide information on funding avalible. 

    Phone: 0845 275 0000
    Textphone: 0845 275 0022

  • PRS Music Foundation

    Music Funding for performance of new music throughout the UK. An open grant schemes which is available to musicians and organisations four times per year and partnership programmes for specific needs and gaps in funding.

    Funding available for individuals, groups and organisations with a two stage decision process deadlines run throughout the year.

    First-time applicants may apply for up to £5,000 and returning applications up to £25,000

  • Resource Centre

    Brighton based resource centre information on funders, reference library and access to fund finder available

    Phone: 01273 606160

  • The Centre for Social Action Innovation Fund

    The Centre for Social Action Innovation Fund is a £14 million fund run by the innovation charity National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts (NESTA), working in partnership with the Cabinet Office.

    The first round runs from April until October 2013, and will support innovative ventures and programmes that use social action to achieve impact in the following areas:

    • Ageing well: Helping people to age well, particularly by supporting people over 50 years to have a purpose, a sense of well-being and to be connected to others.
    • Long-term health: Enabling people with long-term health conditions to have a better quality of life, particularly through the use of peer to peer networks and groups.
    • Young people: Supporting and encouraging young people to succeed and find employment, for example through mentoring, coaching, and peer-to-peer networks.
    • Impact volunteering: Using new approaches to ‘impact volunteering’ to mobilise volunteers to increase and enhance the outcomes achieved by public services.

    Charities, social enterprises, public services and for-profit businesses can apply for grants of between £50,000 and £500,000 to support projects that deliver public benefit. In most cases match funding will be required.

    Applications can be made at any time via an Expression of Interest form.

    The programme will run for the next two years, and will open to applications as NESTA identifies different priorities

    For further information visit:


  • The Resource Centre

    The Resource Centre in Brighton offers a range of support and services for community and voluntary groups. Their website provides usual information setting up and running groups, information about funding and resources. They can also help arts groups to engage with community groups.

  • The Wellcome Trust

    Wellcome Trust supports biomedical research with an arts cross over. Public Engagement grant for science, the arts, media or education funding project in relation to science and society including film-making, theatre productions, exhibitions, discussion and policy-influencing events and multimedia.

    Public Engagement Grant available up to £30,000

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