Shropshire Council

Shropshire Council arts funding for arts organisations, venues and festivals 2021 – 2022

Arts grants imageThe arts play a crucial role in the economic, educational and cultural wellbeing of our county, and are valuable contributors to Shropshire Council's wider objectives. Their contribution makes Shropshire unique and dynamic and a great place to live, work and visit. 

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 which regularly deliver high-quality programmes of work directly benefitting artists, participants and audiences - contributors to the council’s priorities.

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

We understand that the context organisations are working in is very different in the current Covid-19 world. We'll be taking this into consideration when we make our decisions, and expect the applications we receive to reflect the changed circumstances.

Applicants will need to ensure programmes of work are managed effectively and safely during this period, with measures put in place such as risk assessments and contingency plans.

If an activity involves working with the public, you'll need to have a plan in place to do this as safely as possible and manage risks effectively. All activity should be planned following current UK government guidance on Covid-19.

Programmes of work will need to meet a number of criteria and be delivered by the arts sector in Shropshire (unitary area) during the period from April 2021 to March 2022.

For more information about the grant scheme please contact Alexa Pugh, arts development officer at Shropshire Council. Email

Once you’ve read the grant guidelines and criteria (attached to this page), please complete and save the Word application form (also attached).

Please email your completed form to Alexa at the above address.

The deadline for submission of applications is midday on Tuesday 2 March 2021.