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Covid-19 updates – 7/10/20

Funding Opportunities

THE GARFIELD WESTON FOUNDATION WESTON CULTURE FUND – One-off grants of between £100,000 and £2 million for UK cultural organisations to enable them to restart important work, refresh activities and develop plans to rebuild audiences following closures due to COVID-19.

Application deadline: Monday 9 November 2020 at 5.00pm.
Funder: The Garfield Weston Foundation (founded 1957. Charity number 230260. Total value of all grants awarded during the year ended 5 April 2019: £79,085,677).
Who can apply: UK registered charities, exempt charities and Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs) with an annual income of over £500,000 in their last recorded financial year.

A major new announcement by the Garfield Weston Foundation, one of the UK’s largest independent grant-making Trusts, the £25 million Weston Culture Fund is designed to support sections of the UK’s cultural sector as it strives to recover from COVID-19. The Fund is specifically aimed at cultural organisations with an annual income of over £500,000. Organisations with an annual income of less than £500,00 are encouraged to apply to the Foundation’s Regular Grants Programme.

One-off grants of between £100,000 and £2 million are available, as follows:

  • For organisations with an annual income of between £500,000 and £750,000: maximum grant of £100,000.
  • For organisations with an annual income of between £750,001 and £1 million: maximum grant of £200,000.
  • For organisations with an annual income of between £1,000,001 and £2.5 million: maximum grant of £500,000.
  • For organisations with an annual income of between £2,500,001 and £5 million: maximum grant of £1 million.
  • For organisations with an annual income of between £5,000,001 and £7.5 million: maximum grant of £1.5 million.
  • For organisations with an annual income of over £7.5 million: maximum grant of £2 million.

Grants are available to support the costs organisations are likely to incur over the next 12 months that are associated with any or all of the following activities:

1. Making critical adaptations or improvements to the organisation’s physical or digital infrastructure that aid the organisation’s ability to generate income and/or develop audiences. Examples of costs may include (but are not limited to):

  • Box office adaptations to facilitate social distancing.
  • Changes to signage, and
  • Technical upgrades to enable ticketed/free live screenings.

2. Programming new activity or adapting existing activities to ensure that new and existing audiences can be reached. Examples of costs may include (but are not limited to):

  • Commissioning artists.
  • Rehearsal fees.

3. Restarting work and reopening, if the organisations has yet to do so. Examples of costs may include (but are not limited to):

  • COVID-19 specific staff training.
  • Increased cleaning bills.
  • Marketing materials.

Registered charities, exempt charities and Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs) may apply for a grant. This includes (please note that this may not be an exclusive list):

  • Accredited museums and galleries or museums/galleries working towards accreditation that are not run by local authorities.
  • Arts Centres.
  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) sponsored museums and galleries.
  • Independent cinemas.
  • Literary arts organisations, and
  • Performing and visual arts organisations, which includes those working in the areas of:
  • Dance – including ballet, contemporary and dance genres from around the world.
  • Music – including opera, choral, orchestral, jazz, contemporary and world music.
  • Theatre – including pantomime, circus arts, children’s, youth and family theatre.
  • Visual arts – including painting, photography, printmaking, film, sculpture and illustration.

Funding is not available for:

  • Arts of any genre in hospital or healthcare settings.
  • Community Benefit and Co-operative Societies.
  • Community Interest Companies (CICs).
  • Costs that are eligible to be covered by strands of government support (for example, furloughing).
  • Endowments, reserve funds or deferred revenue funds for future years.
  • Festivals and outdoor arts (including street shows, processions, participatory events, installations, and walkabout performances).
  • Historic debts that pre-dated COVID-19 and debts and/or loans incurred as a result of the pandemic.
  • Historic properties and heritage sites (including buildings, monuments, sites of historic interest, house collections, gardens, castles and areas of natural beauty).
  • Libraries.
  • Museums and galleries run by a local authority.
  • New, major capital projects.
  • Non-accredited museums and galleries (unless working towards accreditation).
  • Organisations that promote political beliefs or faiths.
  • Organisations with an annual income of under £500,000 in the pre-COVID-19 years.
  • Schools, higher and further education institutions, including conservatoires and performing arts education organisations.
  • Social Enterprises, or
  • University museums or collections.

The application process is as follows:

1. Organisations should complete the Eligibility Quiz available on the Foundation’s website.
2. Eligible organisations can then submit their application via the Foundation’s online application portal.

Further information, guidance and the application form is available on the Foundation’s website.

This is a one-off fund with a single deadline of 5pm on Monday 9 November 2020.

Successful applicants are expected to be announced by the end of January 2021.

Contact details for the Fund are:

The Weston Culture Fund Info Line
The Garfield Weston Foundation
Weston Centre
10 Grosvenor Street
020 7399 6590


THE ROWING FOUNDATION – Grants of between £500 and £3,000 to support rowing in England, Scotland and Wales, particularly to enable participation in rowing by the young or people with a disability through the provision of equipment.

Application deadline: Monday 26 October 2020.
Funder: The Rowing Foundation (founded 1980. Charity number 281688. Total value of all grants awarded during the year ended 31 December 2018: £75,743).
Who can apply: clubs, organisations and schools in England, Scotland and Wales affiliated to British Rowing.

The Rowing Foundation provides small grants to support young people and people with a disability of all ages through their participation in rowing. Funding is specifically available for equipment, such as boats, oars, safety equipment and sculls.

Clubs, organisations and schools in England, Scotland and Wales that are involved in the water elements of the sport of rowing and who are individually affiliated to British Rowing (the National Governing Body for Rowing) may apply for a grant of between £500 and £3,000, up to 50% of the total project cost.

During the year ended 31 December 2018 the Foundation awarded 35 grants totalling £75,743 2017: 37 grants totalling £75,976). The average grant was for £2,164.

A list of all awards made during the year is available on pages 11-12 of the Foundation’s annual accounts.

Funding is not available for:

  • Coaching, revenue or any commitments requiring long term support.
  • General funds.
  • Groups in receipt of capital grants should not apply again for at least three years.
  • Individuals.
  • Purposes which may be considered elite, or
  • To support sailing or swimming.

Further information, guidance and an online application form can be found on the Foundation’s website.

The deadline for applications is Monday 26 October 2020.

Contact details for the Foundation are:

Robert Moore
The Rowing Foundation
2 Roehampton Close
SW15 5LU
Tel: 020 8878 3723




We missed a message on our website chat function (see ‘Send Message’ in the bottom right hand corner) yesterday about the next deadline for the Lisa Ullman Travelling Scholarship Fund while raiding the larder for essential snacks.

Here’s details of the Fund:  the aim of the Lisa Ullman Travelling Scholarship Fund is to provide financial support to individuals who wish to travel abroad or in the United Kingdom to attend a conference, to pursue a research project or undertake a short course of study in the field of movement or dance.

The Fund offers small grants (usually around £600) for individuals working in music and dance. Choreographers, performers, lecturers/teachers, writers and therapists may apply.

Since 2018 the Fund has awarded 545 scholarships totalling £269,465.

Scholarship fund applications for awards in 2020 have closed. Applications for 2021 are expected to open in November 2020.

You can see a list of previous Award Winners on the Charity’s website.

Forms for travel awards from April 2021 to April 2022 should be available on the Applications page from November.

Please check the Lisa Ullman Travelling Scholarship Fund website for updates.


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