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Funding

Looking for arts funding? You've come to the right place. Welcome to our funding microsite. We've got details of our own funding - but we've also gathered together a huge resource list of hundreds of other schemes, bursaries and competitions out there to help you get your creative project off the ground...

Finding financial support in this industry is tough but there is still a lot out there, if you know where to look. If you’ve got the right project, can fully articulate your reach and have enough ambition to make even Hercules falter, then you’ve got a good shot at securing the funding to take your work wherever it needs to go.
We’ve trawled the internet looking high and low at everything from competitions to grants and have compiled the best of the bunch into a directory, which we will constantly be adding to. Let us know if you think there’s a fund, bursary or competition we should include by emailing . 
Before you get stuck into your first application, get inspired by our interviews with some of the organisations and IdeasTap members that have benefitted from arts funding…

Finding arts funding in the current climate is tough – but there is still a lot out there, if you know where to look. If you’ve got the right project, can fully articulate your reach and have enough ambition to make even Hercules falter, then you’ve got a good shot at securing the cash to take your work wherever it needs to go.

We’ve trawled the internet looking high and low at everything from competitions to grants and have compiled the best of the bunch into a directory, which we will constantly be adding to. Let us know if you think there’s a fund, bursary or competition we should include by emailing info@ideastap.com

Before you get stuck into your first application, get inspired by our interviews with some of the organisations and IdeasTap members that have benefitted from arts funding.

Arts Funding resources

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If that isn’t enough to quench your thirst, research the following alternative funding models:
· Many companies are bound by Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Take a look at company information webpages to see what activities are funded under this policy. Banks, for example, may be going through some trouble, but they still have responsibilities to direct some of their funds into the community.
· Approach the Government or your local council to see what can be offered in your area.
· Run a marathon or jump out of a plane - and see where sponsorship will take your project.
· Look into philanthropic giving and see if there’s a local individual willing to support you
· Use your networks. Most arts organisations are committed to supporting emerging artists and a lot have programmes just for this. Ask around and see what’s there for you.
· It’s often easier to persuade businesses to offer you freebies or services than cold, hard cash. If you’re putting on an event, try asking a brewery for ‘liquid sponsorship’, or offer to redecorate a community centre in exchange for free rehearsal space. An added bonus of this is that funders are more likely to take note of artists who take the initiative, so don’t be afraid to ask!

 

If that isn’t enough to quench your thirst, research the following alternative funding models:

  • Many companies are bound by Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Take a look at company information webpages to see what activities are funded under this policy. Banks, for example, may be going through some trouble, but they still have responsibilities to direct some of their funds into the community.
  • Approach the Government or your local council to see what can be offered in your area.
  • Run a marathon or jump out of a plane - and see where sponsorship will take your project.
  • Look into philanthropic giving and see if there’s a local individual willing to support you.
  • Use your networks. Most arts organisations are committed to supporting emerging artists and a lot have programmes just for this. Ask around and see what’s there for you.
  • It’s often easier to persuade businesses to offer you freebies or services than cold, hard cash. If you’re putting on an event, try asking a brewery for ‘liquid sponsorship’, or offer to redecorate a community centre in exchange for free rehearsal space. An added bonus of this is that funders are more likely to take note of artists who take the initiative, so don’t be afraid to ask!


More resources:

Arts Council England's Deborah Williams on applying for funding...

How to crowdfund 

How to fundraise

Creative Industry Finance: the lowdown on loans

Creative Industry Finance: the lowdown on grant funding

Creative Industry Finance: the lowdown on equity finance

Mustapha Kseibati on short films and getting funding

 

Piggy Banks by Masiu Pitu available under a 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)