Arts funding, directories and resources

Securing income is really important to getting your arts and cultural events or activities off the ground, whether it’s through sponsorship, donations, grants or trusts – here is an overview of where you can get information about local, regional or national funding opportunities.

Arts funding

Local and regional

From us:

Cambridge Community Foundation: 

Cambridgeshire County Council:

Other local funds:

For the most up-to-date information on local or regional sources of arts funding, visit the Cambridge Arts Network (CAN) website.


Cambridge Arts Network (CAN) has regularly updated information on national funding opportunities.

Arts Council England (ACE) has a variety of funding opportunities for both individual practitioners and organisations. They have also produced a list of other sources of funding for the arts in the UK; this may be a useful resource for those activities that ACE can't provide grants for and includes information on:

Local arts directories and resources

Start Now - a community arts and events toolkit
A guide for putting on community arts and events. It has information on setting your budget, grants and trusts, sponsorship and corporate donations, crowdfunding and further funding information.

It also has information on marketing, social media, licensing, safeguarding, event planning, legal requirements, health and safety, volunteering and lots more. It includes event ideas and case studies from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and a section for relevant contacts for enquiries.

Other arts resources and directories

  • Visit Cambridge - what's on guide
    Includes a free online what's on listings service including arts events taking place in Cambridge.

    A community database with over 4,500 voluntary organisations, clubs, societies, courses, events, activities and public services in Cambridgeshire.

  • We're All Neighbours
    Listing local events taking place in Cambridge.

  • Cambridgeshire Music Hub
    Find out about music, gigs, learning, bands, funding and anything else music related.
  • stART
    An independent organisation of arts development managers working in south Cambridgeshire to promote a diverse range of arts.

  • Local Secrets
    Things to do, events and activities for Cambridge.

Local arts networks

  • CamCreatives
    Embraces a diverse group of interests which includes graphic and web design, media of all kinds, literature and publishing, visual arts, multimedia, performing arts and general culture bringing together a mix of large and small firms.
  • Art for All
    Helping creative people bring their ideas to life and providing wider community access to the arts.

  • Cambridge Creative Network
    Brings together many of the creative individuals and groups that work within the Cambridge area to promote their businesses through networking and advertising to the general public.
  • Creative Front Cambridgeshire
    Led by Anglia Ruskin University as an initiative to stimulate, incubate, grow and further the creative industries in the Cambridge area.        
  • Cambridge Arts Network
    A forum of over 1,100 people interested in arts and culture, including professional artists and arts organisations working in Cambridge and the surrounding area. A free online network and resource where members can network, showcase their work and share information on their latest news, projects or events.

Regional and national arts directories and resources

  • Voluntary Arts Network
    Promoting participation in the arts and crafts across the UK and Republic of Ireland. It produces an email newsletter with a range of training, funding and management advice.

  • Arts Council England - South East
    The national development agency for the arts in England, working to get great art to everyone by championing, developing and investing in artistic experiences.

For more information on local, regional and national arts resources, visit Cambridgeshire County Council’s arts funding opportunities page.

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