Useful Resources


Useful Resources


Fundraising resources

This section includes details of organisations, directories and websites that you may find useful in your search for funding.

Welcome Trust – supports bright minds in science, the humanities and the social sciences, as well as education, public engagement and the application of research to medicine. Read more here.

Arts Council England invest money from government and the National Lottery in arts and culture across England.  Read more here.

Heritage Lottery Funduses money raised by National lottery players to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about. Read more here.
This website offers comprehensive information on government grants for both businesses and voluntary groups. It also holds information on publicly funded organisations that provide help and advice.
A website provided by EUCLID as the UK cultural contact point for the EU Culture Programme 2007-2013. It gives examples of projects and activities funded by the programme.

The Momentum Music Fund offers grants of £5,000 – £15,000 for artists and bands to break through to the next level of their careers. Activities eligible for support include recording, touring and marketing.

Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy - run England’s national arts and cultural fundraising programme, dedicated to transforming our sector’s knowledge, skills and success in fundraising. 

British Council - offers funding for transporting artists’ work to international exhibitions. It also works with organisations to help them manage events and enter into funding agreements for projects that will contribute to developing cultural relations between the UK and the rest of the world. Read more here.

Crafts CouncilThe Craft Council’s ‘Maker Development’ scheme can help crafts artists with business start-ups, creative growth or to develop a practice. Read more here.

Ideas Tap - is a charity that helps creative people get to where they want to be through funding, competitions, arts jobs, training and advice.  It also offers commission-free crowdfunding for artists through its dedicated crowdfunding platform, IdeasTap Accelerator

National Rural Touring Forum (NRTF)- is an organisation that represents a number of touring schemes and rural arts development agencies across England and Wales. Read more here.

Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF) is the leading membership association for grant making trusts and foundations. Although ACF does not provide grants themselves, their website offers advice on applying for grants as well as a directory of trusts and foundations. 

Charitable Funds managed by Cambridgeshire Community Foundation - A list of small grants available to community groups and charities in Cambridgeshire & Peterborough.


Go Think Big Website - Providing useful tools and resources when starting your creative career, also varying work experience opportunities. 

Arts Professionals  - Creating and curating the most relevant content for those with a professional interest in the arts sector. Featuring news and good reads, arts jobs, conferences and training events.  

Start Now - A great website that gives a guide for getting your community event off the ground in Cambridge and Peterborough.

Voluntary ArtsA fantastic website promoting participation in creative cultural activity. A large range of resources from social media tips, funding opportunities and publicity and promotion. 

Cambridge Artist NetworkCAN is a forum of over 1000 professional artists, arts and cultural organisations operating in Cambridge and the surrounding area and is coordinated by Cambridge City Council. The network hosts an annual arts conference in Cambridge to debate and discuss key issues that face the sector, alongside organising workshops, skill-sharing sessions, monthly informal meet-ups and producing a regular e-newsletter. 

Teaching Resources for Creative and cultural Education - Read more.

The Artist Information Company –  a-n stimulates and supports contemporary visual arts practice and affirms artists’ value in society. With over 19,000 members, we focus on conversations around the critical and professional environment for the visual arts, bringing together artists, art students, producers, arts professionals, researchers, arts organisations and universities.

National Federation of Artist Studio Providers - Get support and knowledge for your studio.

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Top Tips for successful crowd funding – -

Up to date list of opportunities (commissions, residencies, exhibitions and awards) in the crafts and design sector –

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Information about VAT for artists -

How do artists working outside of the gallery system receive validation of their practice - Validation Beyond The Gallery (1) copy

The Arts Council England have produced toolkits on various aspects of the arts. To find out about demonstrating the value of public funding for arts and culture see more here -

Forestry Commission England have juts launched a new toolkit aimed at land managers, artists, producers and promoters based on their recent experience of living Symphonies, co-produced with Sound and music and presented in four different forests in 2014. You can access their toolkit – Planning and Producing Artworks in the Natural Environment - here

A toolkit for artists wanting to work outdoors – Read more here.