Bath & North East Somerset Council has limited resources with which to support the arts in the district. However, there are many other sources of funding for arts events and activities. Many non-arts funders will also consider funding arts activity that has clear social outcomes and benefits.




Key Arts Funders - National

Listed below are the websites for some of the key national organisations that provide funding and general advice and support with fundraising to voluntary sector arts groups and organisations. 

Click on the following links to reach the website of each organisation.

Arts Council England  

Awards For All  

Big Lottery

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation UK  

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation 

Garfield Weston Foundation 

Henry Moore Foundation

Lloyds TSB Foundation  

Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Performing Rights for Music Foundation 

The Arts Foundation 


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Local and Regional Arts Funders

The following organisations, trusts and foundations have  generously given their support to arts activities in Bath and North East Somerset. Unless otherwise stated they do not have their own websites.

Theatre Royal Bath, Creative Fund

The Theatre Royal Bath  has established the Creative Fund which aims to enrich local cultural activity by awarding funds to innovative creative projects taking place within a 20 mile radius of the Theatre Royal Bath.

The Creative Fund aims to support all of the ‘arts’ - so as well as theatre based projects we will consider grants for projects incorporating dance, music, comedy, literature, sculpture, painting, poetry, street performance and the visual arts.

The fund is open to registered charities, not-for-profit voluntary and/or community organisations, universities, schools, colleges and community interest companies. If you are involved with an independent arts project, unconnected to the Theatre Royal Bath, and a member of a constituted group, you are eligible to apply.

The application window for projects taking place in 2017 will run from Monday 4th July 2016 until the deadline of 5pm on Friday 14th October 2016. 

Further information is available on the Theatre Royal Bath website here: Theatre Royal Creative Fund

Viscountess Boyd Charitable Trust
Ince Castle
PL12 4RA

The Joyce Fletcher Charitable Trust
68 Circus Mews

The Medlock Trust
32 Oldfield Road
Tel: 01225 428221

Quartet Community Foundation
Bath & North East Somerset Office
7 Kingsmead Square
Tel: 01225 420 300 

The Roper Family Charitable Trust
Coutts & Co
Trustee Department
440 Strand
Tel: 0207 663 6825

Barbara Whatmore Charitable Trust
3 Honeyhanger
Hindhead Road
Tel: 01428 651241


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General Advice and Support with Funding and Fundraising 

The following sites offer free assistance with matters related to fundraising. 

Arts Council England

Arts Council England publish a very comprehensive information sheet about other sources of funding for the arts. The information sheet provides details of funding schemes to support work in a wide range of artforms. It includes information about National Lottery distributors, Trusts and Foundations, funding for education and training, business funding and overseas funding. It can be downloaded from the Arts Council England website via the following link: Other Sources of Funding.


Charities Information Bureau South and West 

The Charities Information Bureau South and West provides community groups, organisations and individuals in the South West of England with information, advice, support and training on charitable funding and charity registration and regulation. For more information visit the Charities Information Bureau South West Website or phone 01380 729279


Funding Central

Funding Central is a free website for charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises - providing access to thousands of funding and finance opportunities, plus a wealth of tools and resources supporting organisations to develop sustainable income strategies appropriate to their needs. For more information visit the Funding Central website. provides free online information about grant schemes available to businesses and charities in the UK. You can search for a grant online, or subscribe to their e-mail alert bulletin. For more information visit the website.  


Paul Hamlyn Foundation funding directory for visual artists and composers

Created by Paul Hamlyn Foundation to provide a portal for information on funding opportunities for individual visual artists and composers. Visit the Paul Hamlyn Foundation funding directory


Institute of Fundraising – How2Fundraise

The Institute of Fundraising provides a free, online resource for volunteer fundraisers. The site offers ideas, support and guidance on running various fundraising activities, and aims to increase the amount of funds raised by and for voluntary sector organisations.  For more information visit the How2Fundraise website.  


National Council for Voluntary Organisations

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations has a web page specifically for smaller organisations, which contains information and advice on practical issues including funding and finance, employment, ICT, health and safety, legal issues and governance. For more information visit the National Council for Voluntary Organisations website or phone 020 7713 6161


Voluntary Arts Network

The Voluntary Arts Network (VAN) produces a range of advice and support documents for voluntary sector organisations. These include advice on fundraising and finance as well as general operational and governance issues. For more information visit the Voluntary Arts Network website      


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