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

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.