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Welcome to our funding page, here you can find out about our latest funding opportunities as well as contact details of the regional and national funding boards who may be able to help you realise your projects, whether they are related to our year as UK City of Culture 2021 or simply a topic you are passionate about.

Please note, the contact details of funding boards listed in the PDF at the bottom of this page are not delivering funding specific to 2021, except the Heart of England Community Foundation who are administering the Coventry UK City of Culture Fund on our behalf.

National and Regional Funding

On 30 April 2019 we hosted the first Meet The Funder event at Central Hall, Coventry. The sold-out event highlighted the types of funding available to artists, creatives and cultural organisations looking to source initial, or extra income for projects they are looking to run.

This event was not specifically tailored toward pitching ideas for 2021 but was instead a useful resource for anyone looking to find out more about the type of funding available in the UK.

The presentations, delivered by Arts Council England, Heart of England Community Foundation, National Lottery Heritage Fund and National Lottery Community Fund were filmed and will go live on this webpage soon. 

In the meantime please click the link below to find out contact details of the funding boards in attendance, you are welcome to contact these organisations regardless of whether you attended the Meet The Funder event or not.

To view the Meet The Funder contact and information sheet, detailing regional and national funding organisations CLICK HERE

The Coventry UK City of Culture Fund

Having won the title ‘UK City of Culture 2021’ the Coventry City of Culture Trust is keen to support existing and potential partners as they seek to play a full and active role in the run up to 2021.

The Coventry UK City of Culture Fund has been launched by the Coventry City of Culture Trust in partnership with the Heart of England Community Foundation, who administer the fund.

There are two streams of funding available for artists, charities and other organisations to apply for.

The first is the Get Ready Fund, with grants of up to £5,000 available, which can support a range of activity to help prepare for 2021.

That could be everything from research, development and feasibility studies through to covering the costs of training or skills building courses.

The second is the Road to 2021 Fund and this offers grants of up to £5,000 for individuals and £10,000 for organisations.

It is aimed at those who want to trial projects which may form part of the programme in 2021, or to develop new partnerships across the arts and cultural sector.

Coventry is a creative city. A city of pioneering activists. Projects that are submitted should be extraordinary ideas that go beyond the everyday, offering opportunities to engage with our local communities and ensuring maximum participation for those who do not normally engage with the arts and culture. We are looking for projects that can evidence demand and/or need; that will make a difference; that have a call to action; that are future and forward facing; that ensure Coventry’s arts and cultural offering is strengthened for 2021, with a legacy that lasts far beyond that.

All applications will be received by the Heart of England Community Foundation, which will manage the whole process on behalf of the Coventry City of Culture Trust.

  • The funding programme will be open on a rolling basis until the fund is expended.
  •  The panel aims to meet bimonthly on a rolling programme awarding grants within 16 weeks
    of application.
  • Successful applicants will be contacted with marketing and communications information following confirmation of any grant award.

For full information and criteria in applying for the fund CLICK HERE

Please read the Fund Factsheet before applying, available here.

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