Information on funding opportunities including individual Trusts, Foundations, grant giving organisations, grant directories and subscription services, both local and national. If you’re looking for funding for a heritage project this list is a great place to start. While we try to keep this list up to date it is not exhaustive. Please do get in touch if we are missing vital information or you need further advice.

General Information & Training

General guidance on fundraising from the Museums Association

Fundraising training including workshops, webinars, case studies and support

Advice on fundraising from the Charity Commission and HM Revenue & Customs

Bristol City Council & Local

BCC – Bristol Impact Fund

  • Grants are available for projects with a focus on reducing disadvantage and inequality, improving health & wellbeing and increasing resilience amongst disadvantaged areas, communities or individuals.

BCC – Arts and Culture Funding

Full criteria and guidelines

There are three different types of arts and culture funding:

  • Openness: This is core funding for up to four years, 2018 to 2022, for established arts and cultural organisations with a year round programme
  • Imagination: Funding for up to two years, runs 2018 -20 and 2020-22, for imaginative projects and programmes, development of organisations and work with communities that increases access to arts and culture
  • Originators: Funding from 1 day to 12 months (annual fund) for projects completed in a year, such as: community festivals with arts and culture focus; an arts project offering quality experiences that people in Bristol take part I; small-scale activities for testing new ideas; partnerships working with local communities; professional development


  • Voscur is the support and development agency for Bristol’s Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector (VCSE)
  • Includes advice for social enterprise, making grant applications and an up to date list of funding and grant opportunities both in Bristol and nationally

Funding from charitable trusts and organisations

Heritage Lottery Fund

  • Largest dedicated funder of heritage in the UK
  • Grants from £3,000
  • Providing grants to local community projects, training programs, parks & landscapes and large scale national heritage projects

Historic England

  • Provide grants for people who own or manage individual historic sites, local authorities, and organisations
  • Includes grants for repairs, acquisitions, management agreements & conservation area partnership schemes

A list of other funding sources compiled by Historic England

Arts Council

  • Specific funding programmes to support touring, high impact projects and bringing the arts to under-served communities
  • Grants for the Arts is an open access funding programme for individuals, art organisations and other people who use the arts in their work, offering awards from £1,000 to £100,000

List of other funding and grants sources for the arts compiled by the Arts Council

Esmee Fairburn

  • Supports a wide range of work within the arts, children and young people, the environment and social change.
  • Funds charitable projects and gives grants up to £1m


  • ChurchCare supports all those in parishes, dioceses and cathedrals caring for their buildings today and for the enjoyment of future generations. Grants support parishes in the conservation and repair of historic church buildings and their various contents.

List of other funding sources for religious buildings (note: the HLF Places of Worship programme is no longer active)

Heritage Funding Directory

  • Managed by The Heritage Alliance and the Architectural Heritage Fund, the Heritage Funding Directory is a free guide to potential sources of support, financial and otherwise, for anyone seeking to undertake heritage projects in the UK
  • Sources of grants from trusts and foundations, also organisations offering loan finance, awards, scholarships and other “in kind” resources.


  • Crowdfunder, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, is involved with heritage projects involving historic sites, places, buildings, cultures and traditions
  • Supporting heritage projects across the UK that are looking to raise between £4,000 and £40,000

Museums Association

  • Esmee Fairbairn Collections Fund (£3.5m over three years to fund collections development for social impact)
  • MA Benevolent Fund (to alleviate financial distress of members of the MA and provide education and training)
  • The Daphne Bullard Trust (up to £1000 grants for textile conservation and display)
  • The Beecroft Bequest (grants for acquisition of pre-19th century works)
  • The Kathy Callow Trust (grants of up to £1000 for social history conservation)

Community foundations

Landfill Funding

Most of these funds require your project to be within a certain distance of a landfill. You can check the location of landfills by using the Environment Agency website interactive map.

Paid subscription services providing tailored information on grants


  • Managed by the DSC (Directory for Social Change)


  • UK grant funding information service, includes grant funding opportunities from the European Union, UK Government Agencies, the Lottery as well as Grant Making Trusts & Foundations

The Directory of Grant Making Trusts

  • Published each April by Directory of Social Change – ₤125
  • Comprehensive reference work covers 2,500 grant-making trusts, each with the potential to give at least £25,000 in total per year

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