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This Week's Opportunities: End of Year Grants Recap

We recognise employment listings are on hold for the festive season, so for this week's opportunities newsletter, we've put together a recap of all the grants and financial competitions, important open and closing dates and rolling opportunities for 2023 so far! 


Deadline: January 4th UK / POLAND Arts scoping grants: applications are now open for scoping grants in preparation for a proposed UK/Poland season in 2025. At this scoping stage, we are offering grants of £2,500 to start conversations and establish partnerships. The grants are open to arts and cultural organisations in the UK and Poland. More info here.

Deadline: January 14th The Fidelio Trust offers grants of up to £5,000 in support of the Arts, particularly Music. More info here.

Deadline: January 16th Artquest  Adaptations is a practice development award of £2000 for artists to trial new ways of working. Artists apply with an idea to make their practice more economically sustainable.

Deadline: January 16th The Young & Talented Cornwall Creative Writing Award: support and encourage young writers in Cornwall between the ages of 16 and 23. They are especially hoping to support those from disadvantaged and challenging backgrounds. They will also offer mentoring with an established writer based in Cornwall. Up to £1,000 and a reading award of £150 worth of books.

Deadline: January 18th International Opportunities Fund for Organisations: support the development of relationships, collaborations and networks between Wales' creative professionals, arts organisations, and international partners. More info here.

Deadline January 22nd The Elephant Trust offers grants to artists and for new, innovative visual arts projects. It aims to make it possible for artists and those presenting their work to undertake and complete projects when confronted by a lack of funds. The Trust supports projects that develop and improve the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the fine arts. More info here.


Deadline: February 3rd The Leche Trust is a grant-making charity that provides funding of up to £5,000 to UK-registered charities, public authorities or institutions in the areas of the Performing Arts and Conservation. More info here.

Deadline February 28th Go & See Micro Grants for Arts, Health & well-being Practitioners are available for artists and professionals working in Wales's Arts, Health & well-being sector. More info here.


Deadline: March 2023 The Youth Music Incubator Fund 6 offers £5k-30k Grants to businesses, collectives, and not-for-profits working in the music industries. More info here.

Deadline: March 31st The Royal Literary Fund Fellowship offers professional Writers the opportunity to work for two days a week in a uni to help students develop their writing skills. £16,000 for the academic term.

Deadline: March 31st Arts Council Supporting grassroots live Music, Grassroots music venues, and promoters in England can apply for a share of £1.5 million in funding to help them deliver and develop their work. Organisations whose primary function is to host and/or promote live music events of all types and genres, in particular those working with new, developing talent in small to mid-size venues, can apply for grants of up to £40,000 for projects lasting up to three years. More info here.

The next deadline for this grant is yet to be set, but the website states it is likely to be in March 2023. Jonathan Ruffer curatorial grants provide funding for travel and other practical costs to help curators undertake collections and exhibition research projects in the UK or internationally. There are two categories of grants available:£200-£2,000 and £2,001+.


Deadline: June 30th Creative Access has recently launched the second round of the Creative Access x McLaren Racing Career Development Bursary, a fund aimed at talent from under-represented communities who have aspirations to work in or develop their career in the creative economy.

Rolling Grants

The Nottinghamshire Community Foundation's Dave Hartley Fund awards grants to community and voluntary groups and individuals, to appreciate, learn and perform music to others. Priority will be given to groups and individuals that cannot be supported through other funds. More info here.

The Black Artists Grant (BAG) offered by Creative Debuts as a no-strings attached financial support to help black artists. The grant runs every month and they award £500. They can spend the grant on whatever they want – be that make new work, buy equipment or materials, travel, research, visit exhibitions or conferences, or to even just cover some life expenses.  Find out more and apply here.

The Grand Plan Fund awards £1,000 grants every two months to creative people of colour based in the UK who want to make a new cultural project happen. It can be anything from: poetry, paintings, fashion, zines, music, food, flowers, photographs to workshops or events.

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