Sector-specific funding

Find the finance that you need, designed specifically for the sector you operate in.

Creative UK

Creative UK offer support for those looking to start up a new creative business venture or scale up to something bigger.

Creative Growth Finance

The Creative Growth Finance fund provides scale up finance to the UK’s most promising creative businesses.

Finance will be directed to creative businesses presenting promising growth potential.

Start Up Loans

Creative England has partnered with the British Business Bank’s Start Up Loans scheme to offer finance opportunities for people working across the creative industry in the UK.

If you’ve started a business in the last two years, Start Up Loans can help you develop your creative pursuit, offering personal loans of up to £25,000.

Arts Council England

Arts Council England invests in art and culture using public money from government and the National Lottery.

National Lottery Project Grants

This open access programme is for arts, museums and libraries projects. National Lottery Project Grants support thousands of individual artists and community and cultural organisations.

Visit the Arts Council England website for an up-to-date list of all available funds.

Momentum Music Fund

The Momentum Music Fund offers grants of £5,000-£15,000 for artists/bands to break through to the next level of their careers. Activities eligible for support include recording, touring and marketing.

Music Export Growth Scheme

The Music Export Growth Scheme makes available grants ranging from £5,000-£50,000 to UK-registered independent music companies to assist them with marketing campaigns when looking to introduce successful UK music projects overseas.

Community Enterprise Fund

The Community Enterprise Fund supports community organisations with funding packages of blended loan and grant fund of up to £50k. The emphasis of the fund is impact in the community. It is for community organisations (charities and social enterprises) based in England and Wales. A community organisation is defined as an organisation that is owned by or operating clearly for the benefit of the community within which it is located.

Funding Search for Charities, Community Groups and the Volunteering Sector

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School for Social Entrepreneurs

The School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) helps people to start up, scale and strengthen organisations that tackle social and environmental problems. Every year, SSE supports more than 1,000 social entrepreneurs and social-sector leaders through learning. It runs courses that equip them with the skills and networks needed to create lasting change. SSE helps in other ways too, like connecting people with funding and mentoring. SSE has been equipping social entrepreneurs since 1997, when it was founded by Michael Young. Today, its network of schools are changing lives and transforming communities across the UK, Canada and India.

Match Trading™ grants

Match Trading™ is grant-funding that pound-for-pound matches an increase in income from trading. By rewarding sales growth, Match Trading incentivises social organisations to develop their trading base, so they can build stronger futures. Match Trading pilots are seeing social ventures typically increase their income from trading by more than 90% in one year. Match Trading was created by the School for Social Entrepreneurs from 20 years of experience of helping people to create sustainable change in their communities. Match Trading is made possible with the support of pioneer partners, Lloyds Banking Group and Big Lottery Fund, and its development is overseen by a Task Force of 20 leading social-sector organisations.