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Grants for Disability Arts

The Adam Reynolds Award (ARA)

The Adam Reynolds Award is open to mid career disabled artists working in the visual arts.

It aims to support a mid-career disabled artist or artists, looking to develop their practice and build their profile by offering funds and a key development opportunities.

Set up in memory of the sculptor Adam Reynolds the bursary is one of the most significant awards in disability art.

The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation

The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation supports culture, heritage and the arts for the public benefit.

It offers:

Performing Arts Scholarships - to fund ten Musical Theatre course scholarships a year to pay for course fees. The scholarship is means tested and is awarded directly by the schools based on merit.

Previous beneficiaries include The Drake Project, The Orpheus Centre (performing arts college for disabled young adults), Chickenshed (an inclusive youth theatre company), and the Nordoff Robbins Charity providing music therapy and other music services.

The Music in Secondary Schools Trust - to give children at participating schools the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument.

Grants for the Arts

Grants for the Arts is an open access funding programme for individuals, art organisations and other people who use the arts in their work.

The Arts Council England are offering awards from £1,000 to £100,000 to support a wide variety of arts-related activities, from dance to visual arts, literature to theatre, music to combined arts.

To apply: use the Application Form portal on the Arts Council England website.  You must create a profile first and then the Arts Council will validate your profile within 5 days.

Further guidance may be downloaded as a Word/PDF document.

Grants are awarded on a rolling basis and there is no deadline for applications.

The Joyce Fletcher Charitable Trust

The Trust supports institutions and organisations specialising in music and the arts in a social and therapeutic context for children, the disabled and disadvantaged.

It is able to offer capital or revenue grants for one-off or recurring events. Grants awarded usually range from £1,000 to £2,000.

Applications can be made from organisations across the UK but has a strong preference for the South West.

To apply: by letter to be received by 1st November each year - ideally September for new applicants.

The MFPA Trust Fund

The MFPA (Mouth and Foot Painting Artists) Trust Fund for Disabled Children in the Art provide financial assistance  to enable physically disabled children follow their interest in the arts.

This encompasses the wider arts including painting, sculpture, music and dance.

Parents or other individuals responsible for a physically disabled child or an organisation requiring financial assistance to further the artistic development of disabled children may apply.   

To apply: submit your request in writing to Tom Yendell, 88 London Road, Holybourne, Alton, Hampshire GU34 4EL.

Telephone: 01420 88755


National Youth Arts Trust

The National Youth Arts Trust offers music bursaries, dance bursaries and drama bursaries to young people aged 12 to 25 years who can't afford to access opportunities in the arts.

The bursaries are up to £1,000  and may be used to to pay for dance, music or drama classes and other expenses.

Applicants must live in the UK and demonstrate talent and dedication to improving your skills. 

They must also be in full or part time education and eligible for the Pupil Premium and/or free school meals.  Those not in education, employment or training or applying from Scotland may give evidence of benefits.

Written references are required.

To apply: use the online form.

The Performing Arts Children's Charity

The Performing Children's Charity provides opportunities for children (6 -19 years)with physical or/and learning difficulties to take part in weekly drama, music and movement workshops.

The charity operates in three areas: Colchester, Eastleigh and Hampton.  It has also run a number of outreach projects with other organisations.

It uses the "InStep" Programme to deliver positive outcomes and uses role-play, storytelling and shared narratives.

Each class lasts two and half hours.

Philip Bates Trust

The Philip Bates Trust provides grants for individuals and community groups to encourage artistic interests among young people under 25 years in the UK.

Grants for individuals are usually in the range of £100 to £250 and grants for organisations usually up to £500.

It offers awards to encourage and support an individual's pursuit of creative and artistic achievement.

Financial support is also given to projects or workshops that develop the creative and artistic interests and skills of young people.

To apply: Contact the charity with a summary of your activities and requirements.

Applications are considered three times a year.

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