Please note: We will be temporarily closing the Small Grants programme while we undertake a review of our Lottery funding. The last day we’ll be accepting Small Grant applications will be Wednesday, 10th July 2019 at 5pm. Decisions will be communicated by Wednesday 31st July 2019.

We want the widest possible range of people to take part in and enjoy the arts. That’s because we know that real, meaningful community engagement can be transformative. But we also know that there are persistent barriers – social, economic, geographical and financial – that can prevent many people from getting involved.

We want arts organisations to be bold, innovative and imaginative in their delivery of participatory arts programmes that reach out and meaningfully engage people. We want to support a broad range of activity, but we are particularly interested in high quality projects that reach out to people living in areas of acknowledged deprivation.

We also want to focus on projects for children and young people, as we know that an active engagement with the arts can transform the way they learn and explore the world around them, as well as helping them develop life skills and raise aspirations.