Arts Grants Scheme

The Council’s Arts Grants Scheme is now closed

Applications received will shortly be reviewed and assessed by an independent panel. 

All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their proposals before Sunday 1 December 2019.


About the scheme

The Arts Grants Scheme welcomes applications from individuals and organisations looking to produce excellent and engaging art projects across the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and offers grants of up to £3,000. There is a large demand on this fund, so unfortunately not all applications will be successful.

Application Process

The Arts Grant Scheme has been running for over 15 years, funding over 350 excellent and engaging arts projects.

The fund is open across 2 rounds each year and we welcome applications from 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 Guidance Notes for 2019 are available below for information:

Arts Grants guidance notes 2019

Contact the Arts Service

Dates for funding rounds in 2020 will be published in the New Year.

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Projects awarded funding: April 2019

Arunima Kumar Dance Company - Avatara ‘New Life’ Research and development of a new dance work exploring an Indian Mythological tale of reincarnations. Performance to take place 19 November, at The Bhavan.

Chelsea Theatre - My World, My Story My World, My Story is a new writing project bringing together local communities and professional theatre artists to turn ideas and lived experience into live performance on the stage at the Chelsea Theatre.

Updates to follow on the Chelsea Theatre website.

Flying Gorrilas - Classical Concert on a Fire Engine for Grenfell Past: 14 June 2019

Ignite Foundation CIC - Dance Energy 2019 Engaging young people aged 7 – 19 (up to 25 with LLDD) with dance and connecting them with industry leading professionals; Dance Energy is a new dance competition taking place on 12 July 2019 at Cadogan Hall.

Opera Holland Park - Schools Matinee and Workshops Part of Opera Holland Park’s Inspire Programme, the school’s matinee is taking place on Wednesday 26 June 2019.

For more information about Opera Holland Park’s Inspire programme visit the Opera Holland Park website.

Rachael Nee - The Fumifugiums A new digital arts project in which the artist will create an orchestra of electronic instrument-sculptures, ‘fed’ by data on air pollution collected around the West Way.

Renegade Theatre - A Wornington Wish A Wornington Wish is a free community children’s theatre devising project led by professional theatre makers, and culminating in a performance piece at the Venture Community Association, North Kensington.

The Gate Theatre - Young Associates Programme The 2019-20 edition of the Young Associates Programme provides pre-professional performance training, supporting young local artists from diverse backgrounds to take their first steps into the theatre industry.

Applications open between August – October 2019.

Visit The Gate Theatre website for updates.

The Playground Theatre - Rebel Fest Rebel Fest showcases a variety of art forms including theatre, music, dance, film, spoken word and performance art drawn from the local community as well as artists from further afield from 6-8 September 2019, at The Playground Theatre.

Updates to follow on the Playground Theatre website.

Tip Top Dance School - Tip Top Dance Festival Celebrating 5 years of dance at the Venture Centre, Tip Top Dance School are producing their first dance festival on 7 July, Tabernacle W11 2AY.

Find more information and book your tickets on the Tabernacle website.

Truefitt Collective - Magical Minds Truefitt Collective will deliver this workshop package using dance performance and mindfulness to educate children about positive mental health and well-being at primary schools in Kensington and Chelsea.

UFO Steelband - UFO On The Road A summer programme of steelpan carnival-arts lessons, workshops and performances, culminating in the creation of new music and an all-day performance at Notting Hill Carnival.

Further examples from previous years are highlighted in the Funded Projects document below:

Arts Grants: previously funded projects