Arts Grants Scheme

About the scheme

The Arts Grants Scheme offers grants of up to £3,000 to individuals and organisations looking to produce innovative and engaging art projects across the borough.

The fund is open across two rounds each year and we welcome projects reflecting a wide range of arts based activities within in the borough from participatory arts based projects, tours, artist-based talks, research and development, theatre, dance etc. The next award round is in the Spring of 2021, with dates for applications and decisions to be confirmed in January. In advance of this, please read the Guidance Document to ensure you and your project are eligible to apply.

For more information about the Arts Grants scheme, please email

Become an Arts Grants Panel Member

Kensington and Chelsea Council’s Culture Service are looking for up to 12 new Arts Grants Panel Members.

As a commitment of the borough’s new Culture Plan, the Council’s Culture Service is looking for a diverse group of residents who can help guide and support us as we reimagine what arts and culture in Kensington and Chelsea might look like post Covid-19.

We are open to new ideas and approaches on our advisory Board – with our audiences and participants at the heart of our thinking. We want to find new ways of working to reach new and different people – to achieve our mission ‘to make great art with and for all kinds of people in all kinds of places’.

It is less important that you are a specialist (though we are also looking for people with arts specialisms) more important, is that you have commitment and passion for our agenda of cultural participation, innovation and sustaining our creative resilience.

You will be deeply committed to helping us to find ways in which arts and culture can connect with our residents to meet our social justice priorities and to diversify the people who take part in the arts.

We are looking for up to 12 new Arts Grants Panel Members. Each Member will serve for up to 2 terms of 3 years each.

Respect, integrity, working together and putting communities first is at the core of everything that we do, and we are committed to ensuring that everyone in the borough has equal opportunities to access to culture. The Culture  Service aims to ensure that no one receives less favourable treatment because of having a protected characteristic as defined in the equalities Act 2010.

We particularly encourage applications from people who are underrepresented in the cultural sector, and from those who experience discrimination due to race, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, disability or age.

We are dedicated to meeting access requirements, just let us know what you need.

To Apply

To apply please send your CV and a covering letter outlining why you would like to become an Arts Grants Panel Member and the skills you can bring to the role to

Closing date is Friday 19 March.

If you would like to talk about this opportunity in more detail please contact

Frequently Asked Questions

I work for an organisation in Kensington and Chelsea, but live in a different Borough, can I be a panel member?

Unfortunately not, as we want our decision-making panel for Arts Grants to reflect the voices of residents who live in Kensington and Chelsea.

I’m interested in community decision-making and would like to apply, but I don’t have any experience of working in the arts

We welcome applications from residents with an interest in community-decision making and/or arts and culture, no matter what their professional background. In your application, please include any relevant experience as an audience member or participant in creative or community-based activity.

I would like to sit on the panel, but I’m a freelance practitioner. Will I be compensated for my time?

Freelance and self-employed panel members are entitled to reimbursement for their time spent attending meetings online or in-person, up to a total of eight hours, or £86 in a 12-month period. This reflects the London Living Wage of £10.75 per hour. We regret that we are not able to provide compensation for time spent reading and assessing applications prior to meetings, and therefore this is in-part a voluntary role.

Will there be any training for new panel members?

Yes. We will contact successful applicants with further details for this session, which will be held online via Teams in early April, and last between 1-2 hours outside of normal working hours.

When do the Panel meetings take place?

Panel meetings take place quarterly and will typically fall on a weekday Monday to Friday, between 5-7pm. This will take place online via Teams unless communicated otherwise.

What happens at each meeting?

Meetings will run up to two hours each and include a couple of short comfort breaks. If they are conducted in person, they include light refreshments. The meetings are facilitated by the Culture Service Team. Decision meetings with the panel involve discussion of the applications based on each members' assessment scores and agree to grant awards up to £30,000 in each decision meeting. Review meetings will support the Culture Service to report and evaluate the scheme.

How much time is involved in the role?

Per round we anticipate panel members spending a maximum of 10 hours conducting assessments and attending meetings. This is based on receiving between 40-50 applications per round, and a two hour decision meeting. It may take between 5-10 minutes to read and assess each application.

Is there any access support for residents with disabilities?

We can assist with transport where you are required to attend meetings in person and will always host meetings in accessible venues. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide equipment or assistant support to panel members to read and assess applications. Please be aware that the role requires a high volume of reading and access to a private computer in order to conduct assessments and attend meetings held online.


Autumn 2020 Awards

A total of £30,000 was recommended for award to 12 projects in the Autumn 2020 round by the external advisory panel. The total value of these projects is £224,450.68, with £194,450.68 of matched funding in the form of additional grants and sponsorship and in-kind support. These projects will be delivered either digitally or using social distancing.

24 Hearts CIC: Wishing Upon a Unity Star24 Hearts, along with local partners that include Henry Dickens, Maxilla Men’s Shed and Full of Life, will work with 100 participants to create and decorate a unity star that will be installed outside Bay 20.

Visit the Sophie Lodge website to find out more infromation about this project.

Aicha Bendaylia with Making Communities Work & Grow: Discovering the Art of Islam50 children aged 5 to 10 years from the Arab diaspora, predominantly in North Kensington, will have creative fun through visual arts exploring Islamic Art, along with a visit to the V&A.

Visit the Making Communities Work & Grow website for more information.

Arunima Kumar Dance Company: Dance@HomeA series of Indian dance and yoga workshops with award winning Arunima Kumar Dance Company to stay active, nurture, experiment and innovate with Indian arts and stimulate new ways of connecting and creating inclusively with communities.

Find out more information by visiting the Arunima Kumar Dance Company website.

Dr Beverely Dugid: Mindful Poetry for Visually Impaired

Local creative artist, author and researcher Dr Beverley Dugid will be working with local poets engaging with both visually impaired and BAME participants to develop their creativity through poetry sessions.

Visit the Beverley Duguid website for more information.

Element Creative Projects CIC: Element Art with Children

Local CIC in collaboration with the Council's Children's Services will deliver two seasonal showcases of visual and performing arts and creative writing with local children and care leavers aged 14-25 years.

Visit the Element website for project details.

Finborough Theatre: PoplarismCelebrating local creativity and cross-borough collaboration with Tower Hamlets, to mark the centenary of 1921 Poplar Rates Revolt with 12 artists to create new work.

Find out more information on the Finborough website.

Marianne Badrichani: For Your Eyes OnlyLocal international theatre maker and director with over 20 years’ experience is using short and playful texts, performed by actors over the telephone to local isolated residents.

Visit Marianne Badrichani's website for project details.

The Mosaic Rooms: Art KitsThe UK’s only Arab focused art space on Cromwell Road, in collaboration with the Dalgarno Trust, working with children and their families with art kits inspired by the current exhibition of Heba Yamin on themes of technology and migration.

Visit the Mosaic Rooms website.

Open Iftar: Ramadan Tent ProjectOpen to all, a combined arts and creative expression showcase, and the UK’s largest cultural community event brings communities to work together with a focus on young people and BAME communities as part of Ramadan. This allows them to delivery specific outreach to RBKC communities, including 500 special art packs.

Find out more information on the Open Iftar website.

Sophie Drysale: Nucleo ProjectInspiring 94 young musicians of tomorrow selected from its existing groups and ensembles, who will connect and collaborate with two professional BAME professional artists, including Braimah Kanneh Mason the classical violinist for an online performance.

View the The Nucleo Project website for project details.

Sophie Mars with Exposed Arts: Mindful Practice for the BodyOpen to all ages, dance and movement artist Sophie Mars in cooperation with Exposed Arts are delivering immersive performance and new technologies workshops over two days in 2021.

Find out more information on the Sophine Mars and Exposed Arts Projects websites.

Youth Action Alliance: VocalisedThe local Alliance in partnership with National Arts Trust, Octavia Base and Venture Centre, will offer a unique singing programme for young women aged between 11 -19 years and up to 25 for disabled young women.

View project details on the Youth Action Alliance website.