Arts, culture and humanities funding

Here you'll find a range of funding opportunities available to support arts and humanities public engagement activities. Many universities will also have internal funds you can access.
The Lived Experience of Climate Change project (University of Manchester)

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AHRC Research in Film Awards
Academics and film-makers are being encouraged to enter their work into the Research in Film Awards, designed to encourage, stimulate and recognise the body of work created at the interface between research and film. The winning film-makers in each category will receive £2,000 towards their film-making.

Arts Council England funding schemes [England only]
A number of grants for the arts are available for individuals, arts organisations and other people who use the arts in their work. £750 - £10,000 funds available. Various deadlines. 

Being Human, Festival of the Humanities
The festival provides an opportunity to share research in the humanities in fun and engaging ways with non-academic audiences. A number of grants are available to support public engagement activities across the UK. The 2022 Festival takes place 10th-19th November. The funding deadline for 2022 has passed. 

Creative Scotland Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Development [Scotland only]
This fund supports the arts, screen and creative industries, with projects that help them explore, realise and develop their creative potential, widen access to their work, and enrich Scotland’s reputation as a distinctive creative nation connected to the world. Launching 15th Feburary 2023.

The Elephant Trust, grants to support new visual arts projects 
The Elephant Trust aims to develop and improve the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the fine arts in the UK. Up to £5000 funding is available to support new work, with priority being given to artists in the fine arts and small organisations and galleries.

Fidelio Trust, funding to support Arts Projects 
The Fidelio Trust aims to help individuals and groups who would not be able to carry out a project or activity without financial support, particularly those who are at an early stage in their careers. Fidelio welcomes applications for grants in support of the Arts particularly for Music, including Opera, Lieder, Composition and Dance. 

Heritage Lottery Fund Grant programmes
Grants for projects related to the national, regional, or local heritage in the UK, including Sharing Heritage, Our Heritage and Heritage Grants.

The Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology, Community Engagement Award
This award is designed to support individuals, groups and societies in developing new public-facing initiatives, whether one-off events, programmes of activities, digital archaeology or other creative outputs. Up to £500 is available. The deadline for applications every year is 15th September.

Research England: Museum, galleries and collections fund
Available to support higher education museums, galleries and collections so they can meet the costs of serving the wider research community beyond their own institutions.