Funding Round-up – Arts and Culture (Part 1), April 2023

MVA offer a collection of funding rounds from local and national organisations focusing on arts and culture themes aimed at helping charities continue their work.

Due to the varying nature and progress of public policies and other related activity, MVA do advise that some of the information below may have changed since the time of its issue, and whilst every effort has been made to provide up-to-date details, they ask that readers please check with each organisation’s website for the latest news.

National Lottery Arts Council Projects Grants
Grants are available from Arts Council England (ACE) for individual artists, community and cultural organisations to support arts, museums and libraries projects that engage people in England with arts and culture.

Designed to help achieve ACE’s mission (‘great art and culture for everyone’) the Programme supports a broad range of not-for-profit projects that create new work and sustain quality.

The intention is to help new audiences across England to engage with arts and culture.

At the time of writing there was no specified deadline, suggesting applications can be accepted at any time.

For more information and how to apply, visit the ACE website.

Ashley Family Foundation
Grants are available for projects that fit with the Foundation's philosophy for protecting rural communities and encouraging participation in the arts.

Grants are provided to support community museums, farms, gardens, schools and other charitable organisations with small-scale arts and community projects.

The Foundation wants to use its funding to develop strong communities, social welfare, and creative arts.

The Foundation has a particular emphasis on supporting rural communities, so are welcome to applications requests below £10,000.

The application deadline for this round is the 14th of April 2023. The Funder advises that applications are accepted all year round and funding awards are made three times per year following the meeting of the Board of Trustees

More information can be found at the Foundation’s website.

Help Musicians - Music-led Creative Collaboration
Grants are available from independent charity Help Musicians for professional musicians to undertake a UK-based collaboration with other non-music artists.

Eligible costs and activities include:
  • Venue and rehearsal space.
  • Recording costs (live or documentation - but not studio recording)
  • Travel, Access, or Accommodation
  • Fees for musicians, artists, or collaborators' time to allow for collaboration to happen
  • Any other reasonable costs associated with creative collaboration
The funders advise there should be a result to collaboration that ultimately pushes the boundaries of what the applicant does as a music creator.

At the time of writing there was no specified deadline, suggesting applications can be made at any time.

For more information and how to apply, visit the charity’s website.

If you would like to see coverage of specific funding or grant rounds to help your charity, your project, your community group or enterprise, you can get in touch by email at, you can also contact MVA via the website.