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 from £3000 - £8000 are available to support public engagement activities across the UK.

British Academy: SHAPE Involve and Engage 
The British Academy has launched a pilot funding scheme, SHAPE Involve and Engage. Up to £8000 awards are available for humanities and social sciences researchers for innovative public engagement projects, delivered in partnership with a gallery, library, archive or museum. Closing date: 28 June 2023

Creative Scotland National Lottery Open Fund for Organisations [Scotland only]
An update of the Creative Scotland 'Sustaining Creative Development Fund' this fund aims to continue to support organisations who seek funding to undertake creative activity such as a specific project or production, a programme of creative work, or a period of research and development. No deadline - open all year.

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. Applications deadline: 25th June 2023

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. Next deadline: 29 September 2023

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. Applications deadline: 14th September 2023