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Small project grants

These grants provide funding to help museums, galleries and other visual arts organisations realise adventurous projects, up to £10,000, across a range of activities to benefit their audiences.

Funding range

Up to £10,000 (no lower limit)

Our small project grants provide funding to help museums, galleries and visual arts organisations act on good ideas and/or test new ways of working that will benefit their audiences.

We encourage project proposals, activity and outcomes that align with one or more of the four strands of our programme: building collections, shaping futures, reaching audiences, and making connections.

We will consider grants for any type of activity provided the organisation can demonstrate its impact and benefits and show which of Art Fund’s programme aims it meets. We encourage innovative and entrepreneurial thinking and are happy to support experimental projects.

Who should apply

We will consider applications from UK public museums, galleries, historic houses, libraries and archives that deliver public benefit. We particularly welcome applications which focus on:

  • audience development
  • equality, diversity and inclusion
  • activity outside London, and/or in areas of low cultural provision/engagement
  • new partners

Funds available

We will consider applications for up to £10,000 (there is no lower limit).

To enable applicants to act quickly to realise a good idea, we will consider 100% funding.

Applicants should demonstrate the commitment their own organisation is making to the activity, in cash or in kind.

COVID-19 Update (21/3/20)

We are working hard to support our network during this hugely challenging time. Our Small Project Grants are still open, and we are particularly keen for this funding to support organisations in continuing to engage with the public during periods of closure. We encourage innovative and creative approaches and are happy to support experimental projects which can be delivered digitally. We can turn applications around in a short timeframe and are happy to discuss projects which may fall outside the criteria specified in our guidance for applicants. Please get in touch if you are interested in applying.

How to apply

For application forms and to submit your application, log in to My Art Fund.

You must be registered as a professional user.

If you already have a My Art Fund account but are not registered as a professional user, you can add your professional details when logged in.

If you require application forms in an alternative format, please contact the Programmes team

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Information for applicants

Get in touch

You are encouraged to review the Guidance for applicants and contact the Programmes team to discuss your potential project before submitting an application.

Please contact:

Rob Dingle, programme partnerships manager
020 7225 4871

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