Shropshire Council

Arts grant funding

Please note new extended deadline for applicatons: midday on Tuesday 4 August 

The arts play a crucial role in the economic, educational and cultural wellbeing of the county, and are valuable contributors to the council’s wider objectives. Their contribution makes Shropshire unique and dynamic and a great place to live, work and visit. 

We're committed to arts and culture, and understand the huge difference investment in the sector makes. We're continuing to engage with and invest in the arts through a new grant scheme.

Professional arts organisations, festivals and venues are invited to apply for one of five grants, with a value of £5,000 each.

This funding is intended to provide financial support for professional arts organisations / festivals who regularly deliver high quality programmes of work directly benefiting artists, participants, audiences and those who contribute to our priorities.

Through the five grants we want to support a broad range of exemplar, exciting and inclusive programmes happening in a variety of spaces and locations across our very large and sparsely populated rural county. The programmes will aid accessibility and choice for as many communities as possible.

The programmes of work should be developed with the aspiration that they will offer all sections of the community new experiences and ensure equality of access, enabling everyone to get involved in the arts regardless of circumstance.

Programmes of work will need to meet a number of criteria and be delivered by the arts sector in Shropshire (unitary area) between late September 2020 and September 2021.

For more information about the grant scheme please contact Alexa Pugh:

Grant guidelines/criteria and the application form are attached to this page. Once you’ve read the guidelines and criteria, please complete and save the form. You can then email it to Alexa Pugh at the above email address.

The application deadline is midday on Tuesday 4 August 2020.

We're expecting to launch another arts grants programme in January 2021 which will support activities happening between April 2021 and April 2022.