Funding, Mental Health

Baring Foundation launches first funding round to support arts and mental health organisations

Baring Foundation has announced the first call for applications in a new Arts programme supporting Arts and Mental Health.

The funding offers modest, unrestricted grants to established organisations in the UK that focus solely on offering creative opportunities to people of any age living with mental health problems using the skills of professionally trained artists.

This approach has been chosen to respond in the best way we can to the pressures the sector is undergoing due to the COVID-19 crisis.

This is the first funding call in what will be a long-term commitment to funding arts and mental health. The funding will expand beyond this starting place to include other organisations who are doing valuable work which this first round of funding will not be able to support.

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National Lottery Project Grants is returning!

On 22 July Arts Council England Project grants will be open again for applications, with a budget of £59.8 million available until April 2021.

After a brief closure of the fund in the immediate aftermath of the Covid-19 crisis, we are pleased to say that National Lottery Project Grants will be back later in July.

We’re making improvements to make the fund more responsive to the needs of smaller independent organisations and individual practitioners during Covid-19.

We have prioritised reopening this programme to help fund independent organisations, creative practitioners and freelancers as quickly as possible.

We’ll publish updated guidance for the programme by mid-July.