Chelmsford MP publishes guide to help groups looking for grants for the Arts

Vicky Ford MP  has published a guide to the grants available for arts, heritage and broadcasting from the Department for Culture Media and Sport.   The guide gives a brief overview of the type of project each grant supports and the contact still of the organisers of each funding scheme. 

Mrs Ford said "Many people in Chelmsford are involved with creative projects, including art, drama and music as well as historical and cultural events. As we look forward to Chelmsford's bid to be City of Culture in 2025, I thought it would be useful to give some guidance to help organisations looking for grant funding." 

The full list with links to the relevant page is published below. 



Grants for the Arts 

General grants for artists

Grants for the arts are for activities carried out over a set period that engage people in arts activities, and help artists and arts organisations in England carry out their work. 

By: Arts Council England


Arts Impact Fund

Repayable loan finance for social investment between £150k and £600k in arts organisations.

By: Arts Council England


Artists’ International Development Fund

(Returning in the future)

Investment in talented individuals to develop skills, expand horizons and introduce an international perspective to their work.

By: Arts Council England


Creative People and Places fund

Funding for Audio-visual, commissioning, exhibition, festival, original work, participation, performance, professional development, with focus on parts of the country where involvement in the arts is significantly below the national average.

By: Arts Council England


Strategic Touring Programme

£45m Grants for arts touring organisations.

Arts Council England for the Arts Libraries fund 


Grants for projects delivered by public libraries or library authorities working in partnership with artists and cultural organisations.

By: Arts Council England


Celebrating Age

 Funding supports collaborative working, audience engagement, developing relationships, commissioning work, developing spaces - arts, cultural and otherwise.

By: Arts Council England


Ambition for Excellence

 Ambition for excellence is a £35.2 million programme aimed at stimulating and supporting ambition, talent and excellence across the arts sector in England.

By: Arts Council England


Catalyst Small Grants 

A £3 million initiative to build fundraising capacity to enable arts and culture organisations to attract more private giving to the sector.

By: Arts Council England


The Preservation of Industrial and Scientific Material (PRISM) 

Arts conservation award grants towards the costs of acquisition and conservation of items or collections which are important in the history and development of science, technology, industry and related fields.

By: Arts Council England


Developing Sector Leaders (Returning in the future)

Developing leadership and governance in art and culture.

By: Arts Council England


Arts Council / V&A Purchase Grant Fund

Supports the purchase of a wide range of material for the permanent collections of organisations that are not nationally funded.

By: Arts Council England


Talent Fund

These funds support emerging or world-class filmmakers in the UK who demonstrate the ability to create distinctive and entertaining work. Includes:

i. BFI Production Fund (£79.5m over 5 yrs)

ii. Development Fund (£12.5m over 5 yrs)

iii. Network Talent Development and iFeatures (£12.5m over 5 yrs)

iv. Film Export Fund

v. Vision Awards (£4m over 5 yrs)

vi. Enterprise Fund w/ Creative England (£10m over 5 yrs)

vii. National Cluster Growth Fund (£2m over 5 yrs)


By: British Film Institute






Repair Grants for Heritage at Risk

Repair grants and conservation for listed buildings, scheduled monuments, registers parks and gardens.

By: Historic England


Grants to Underwrite Urgent Work Notices

Grants to support local authorities to issue urgent work notices for the preservation of a vacant or partly occupied listed building.

By: Historic England


Heritage Protection Commissions

Funding for strategic research and to build skills and capacity in our historic environment.

By: Historic England


Acquisition Grants

Grants to underwrite the cost of serving a Repairs Notice.

By: Historic England


Partnership Schemes in Conservation Areas

Funding to sustain conservation areas.

By: Historic England


Management Agreement for Field Monuments

Funding to improve management of monuments via terms agreements with landowners or tenants.

By: Historic England


Grants for War Memorials

Grants for the conservation and repair of war memorials.

By: Historic England


National Capacity Building Programme

Promoting the understanding of historic environment through activities and projects which are national in coverage.

By: Historic England


Regional Capacity Building Programme

Promoting the understanding of historic environment through activities and projects which are regional in coverage.

By: Historic England





Community Radio Fund - £400k p.a. budget allocated over SR2015 period

The fund helps to finance the core costs of running Ofcom licensed community radio stations. These core functions include: management  fundraising to support the station (e.g. grants, commercial funding)  administration  financial management & reporting  community outreach  volunteer organisation and support. Grants are made as a single lump sum, and cover a one-year period only.





Life Chances Fund

£80m available to contribute to outcome payments in locally-developed social impact bonds, seeking to improve outcomes for people under six policy themes: drug and alcohol dependency, children’s services, early years, young people, healthy lives and older people’s services.