Funding for the arts comes from a variety of sources - local councils, Arts Council England, the National Lottery, charitable trusts and local businesses.
Whilst the arts teams work in partnership with and help support many of the arts organisations across Dorset, we cannot unfortunately fund individuals. However here you can find links to the most popular trust and grant fund opportunities at the national and local level.
If you would like to find out about new funding opportunities on a regular basis you can sign up to receive the weekly Culture and Community enews, containing information, opportunities and funding news by contacting Joanna March, Arts Information Officer. See contact details below.
Alternatively, you can carry out your own search using Funding Central (opens in a new window) .
National sources of grant funding:
Arts Council England Funding and Grants Information (opens in a new window) including Awards For All and Grants for the Arts
Comic Relief Grants (opens in a new window) administered locally by Dorset Community Foundation (opens in a new window)
Local council sources of grant funding:
West Dorset Countryside and conservation grant scheme
West Dorset - For Information about Small Arts Grants see Grants and development fund
Dorset Community Action:
Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB):
A selection of Charitable Trusts -
This is by no means a complete list.
Art Grants from West Dorset District Council
West Dorset District Council has a Cultural Development Officer who offers advice and support on developing arts and museums projects and applying for funding.