Funding and Commissions

These links are hosted externally by friends and colleagues across the sector, and we’re indebted to those who have compiled fantastic lists elsewhere. Where possible we have included additional resource lists to help continue your research.



Arts Connect Resources - One Stop Shop

Resources for Artists & Freelancers - a page filled with resources, gathered together by the RSC:

Coronavirus Community Support Fund

Staffordshire Community Foundation Covid-19 Emergency Grants

Resourcing Racial Justice Fund
Providing financial support to organisations, community and grassroots groups that are working to redress the impact of COVID-19 and beyond on those who identify as POC.

UK Gov Business Support Finder

Government Support & Advice for Midlands Businesses via Midlands Engine

The Steven Morgan Foundation – COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Charities and Non Profit Organisations

Cause4 list of various charity funder responses

Theataccounts Covid-19 financial scenario flowchart

Coventry 2021 Coronavirus Resilience Fund

Youth Music Emergency Fund (music-making organisations)

Equity Charitable Trust (actors)

The Artist General Benevolent Fund (artists)

Help for Musicians (musicians and music related roles)

Convert tickets into donations with the Spektrix ticket converter

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

AIM Crisis Fund for Independent Music Contractors

National Lottery Heritage Emergency Fund

Heart of England Community Foundation: Coronavirus Resilience Fund

Micro Grants for remote participation projects in Stoke

Birmingham City Council Community Grants & Resilience Funding
Voluntary and faith groups who are helping children, young people and families through the challenges of Covid-19 are invited to apply for grants of up to £10,000 to continue supporting families through this difficult period.

Good Finance Covid-19 Resource Hub for Charities & Social Enterprises

The National Lottery Community Fund - Coronavirus Updates

Freedlands Foundation Emergency Fund for artists & freelancers in the visual arts sector

Directors Charitable Foundation - Directors Support Scheme


Transforming Narratives Grants of up to £4,000 are on offer to enable creative and cultural practitioners in Birmingham, Pakistan and Bangladesh to make connections and work collaboratively using digital technology.

Arts City Artist Opportunities List

Artquest - includes a range of opportunities and advice for visual artists

MAIA Group - Open Call Commissions (closes 30th May)

Grain Photography Hub - Open Call Commissions (various opportunities, closing 10th & 15th June)

Festival Stoke artists can apply for four new commissions as part of the Festival Echoes programme, funded through ACE's Covid 19 Emergency Response Fund.

Arts Connect Thrive R&D Fund £5k  R&D Bursaries for indie artists & small arts & culture orgs in the West Mids to innovate in their practice & in their digital work with children & young people 0-25yrs. Deadline 12 June.