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Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy
A programme to deliver a collaborative series of training, traineeships, coaching, digital skills and innovative practice - to improve the perceptions of the arts as a charitable cause and enhance fundraising. 

Crowd funding
Kickstarter - a platform for funding the creative arts. 

Funding sources in England
Sources of funding for the arts in England, particularly for those activities that Arts Council England cannot provide grants for, such as those relating to films.

Funding Central
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.

Fundraising resource handbook
A free online handbook aimed primarily at small organisations, for use within the Live Art and performance sector.

Grants Expert
Funding index for a variety of grants

Lottery Funding
The main Lottery advice and information site.

Voluntary Arts Network
National organisation supporting voluntary arts groups and activity.  

Funders - Local 

Foundation Derbyshire   
Local not-for-profit organisation providing funding for voluntary community action throughout Derbyshire 

'Local Giving' seeks to enable philanthropic giving to small local charities and community groups in the UK.  It’s open to any small local charities to register.  Please get in touch with the Derbyshire Community Foundation if your organisation is interested in registering. 

Vickers Art Award
The Vickers Art Award is a signficant new biennial award which brings a rising artist to Derbyshire for a year's residency.

Funders - National

Allen Lane Foundation
Funds arts activities for people who are on the margins of, and excluded from society

Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation
Supports projects in the areas of culture, heritage and the arts and will consider funding towards projects that make a real and ongoing difference to people's lives.

Arts and Humanities Research Council
Provides funding for research and postgraduate study

Arts Council England
A number of funding opportunities are managed by Arts Council England, inclusing those for individual artists

Austin & Hope Pilkington Trust
The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust awards grants to UK registered charities for projects undertaken in the UK.

Awards for All
Lottery Funding Scheme for smaller and newly established community groups. Up to £10 000 available. Since 2009, Awards for All no longer fund projects or activities that are predominantly based around Arts, Heritage or Sports

BBC Children in Need

Big Lottery Fund  
BIG hands out half the good causes money from the National Lottery

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Supports arts organistions in the making of new art, including international collaborations

Charity Bank
Charity Bank offers loans for charities and social enterprises

Clore Duffield Foundation
Supports the arts including The Clore Performing Arts Award for projects with young people

Crafts Council
The national development agency for contemporary crafts in the UK.

Creative England (operational from October 2011) 
Supports sustainable growth of independent creative businesses, and the talent that feeds them, in every part of England outside London. Aims to assist development of the film, TV, interactive, games and digital media industries, and the growth of film culture in England. 

EMI Music Sound Foundation
Grants are given to support music at non-specialist schools and bursaries are given to music students for insturment purchase.

Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
The Foundation's primary interests are in the arts, education and learning, the environment and enabling disadvantaged people to participate fully in society.

Fenton Trust
The Fenton Arts Trust gives grants for individual works, activities, performances or prizes in the fields of drama, painting, sculpture, ballet, music and poetry, in particular final year or postgraduate students.

Fidelio Trust   
Grants up to £5,000 in support of the Arts, in particular the dramatic and operatic arts, music, speech and dance. The Trustees aim to help individuals and groups such as Colleges, Arts Festivals and other arts organisations who would not be able to carry out a project or activity without financial support.

Foyle Foundation
The Foyle Foundation is an independent grantmaking trust that distributes grants to UK charities.

Heritage Lottery Fund
Supports projects that aim to give people better opportunities to experience, enjoy, care for and protect our heritage

Idlewild Trust  
A grant making trust that supports registered charities who encourage excellence in the performing and fine arts and the preservation of public of buildings and items of historical interest or national importance.

Lisa Ullman Travelling Scholarship fund
Scholarship fund supporting dancers, choreographers, administrators, teachers, therapists, journalists, photographers, and others working in dance/movement who want to enrich their practice through travel.

Lloyds Bank Foundation
Supports arts activities for disadvantaged people, people with physical and mental health need, and people with disabilities

NESTA - National Endowment for Science and the Arts 
Supports talent, innovation and creativity in the UK. Their mission is to transform the UK’s capacity for innovation

Paul Hamlyn Foundation
Supports projects which address inequality of access and opportunity, particularly among young people 'at risk' and young offenders

Performing Rights Society
British Music Abroad, supports emerging UK acts that have been offered key overseas showcase opportunities

Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust
This trust makes awards ranging from £2,000 to £15,000 to craftsmen and women of all ages to help them further their careers.

Santander Foundation Offers grants to asist disadvantaged people in the UK

Tesco Charity Trust The Trust was set up on to support both national and local community charities, and to add a 20% top up to staff fundraising.

The Baring Foundation
Support arts organisations anywhere in the UK working with refugees and asylum seekers

The British Council
Works with overseas organisations to make arts events happen. Also "Grants to artists" scheme can help with costs of transporting work to an exhibition in a gallery abroad.

The Tudor Trust
An independent grant-making trust which supports charities and community groups working in any part of the UK.

The Wolfson Foundation A charity awarding grants to support and promote excellence in the fields of science and medicine, the arts and humanities, education and health and disability.

UK - Film Council
The UK FILM COUNCIL provides funding for film production and training.

Wallace & Gromit's Children's Charity
Support for projects in children’s hospitals and hospices throughout the UK to enrich and enhance the lives of patients.

Wellcome Trust
Sciart - Supports arts projects that investigate biomedical science. Pulse supports young people's arts projects that engage with biomedical science.

Youth Music
Grants enable high quality and diverse music-making for young people who might otherwise lack opportunity.

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