Funding and Support

Business Support

If you're looking for advice and support for your creative practice, our business team are here to help. Please visit their website for signposting and support with any aspect of your business. You can also arrange to speak with their in-house advisor, Chris Lyle. This is a free service and appointments can be in person or over the phone to suit you.

Hi3 Network

Hi3 Network is a network of industry specialists, researchers and businesses developing new products, services, experiences, and new research at three creative digital hubs - Canterbury, Folkestone and Maidstone.

Businesses working in creative technologies or interested in applying creative technologies to expand their business can benefit from access to research opportunities and experimental studio space.

Three purpose-built hubs provide studio space, editing and co-working facilities and are located at:

  • Screen South at digital:glassworks Folkestone
  • Maidstone Studios
  • Canterbury Christ Church University

Hi3 Network is led by London South Bank University in partnership with Canterbury Christ Church University, Creative Folkestone, Maidstone Studios and Screen South. It is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (£6.1m) and the programme will run until June 2023.

Visit the website to find out more

Funding

One of the biggest challenges in delivering arts events and activities can be securing the funding to realise your vision.

Depending on the type and size of activity you're planning you could apply to:

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ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND

  • National Lottery Project Grants - open access programme for arts, museums and libraries projects. Grants range from £1,000 to £100,000. Individuals, organisations, museums and libraries are eligible to apply.
  • Capital Investment Programme - open access programme to support cultural organisations to adjust buildings and equipment so that they can operate safely post-pandemic, improve access, seize on technological opportunities, and reduce environmental impact. Grants range from £100,000 (min) to £750,000 (max). Open to not-for-profit organisations including charities, CIC’s, CIO’s and statutory/public bodies.
  • Developing Your Creative Practice - supports individuals who are cultural and creative practitioners and want to take time to focus on their creative development. Grants range from £2,000 to £10,000. Individual artists/creative practitioners are eligible to apply.

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NATIONAL LOTTERY HERITAGE FUND

Funding for a broad range of projects that connect people and communities to the national, regional and local heritage of the UK.

Grants are made in different bands:

£3,000 - £10,000

£10,000 - £250,000

£250,000 - £5million

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KENT COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

Part of a UK-wide accredited network of Community Foundations, with responsibility for more than 80 philanthropic funds.

Funds are divided into 5 themes and are open all year. Average grant size up to £4,000.

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There are a host of other regional and local organisations that also offer grants and funding.

Kent County Council collate the majority of these opportunities into a regular bulletin, called Inside Track, which includes links to the funders websites for further details. To subscribe to this bulletin, please email kccinsidetrack@kent.gov.uk

You can also search for more community grants and funding opportunities on the KCC website

Funding Support

For community groups needing advice and support with their funding application there are a number of organisations that can help:

Action with Communities in Rural Kent

Funding for All

Involve