Arts funding

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1. Small Arts Grant Scheme

We award small arts grants to artists, arts organisations, community groups and promoters. From 1 April 2017 our maximum grant award will rise from £750 to £1000 in addition there will only be three meetings a year.

Aims and Objectives of the Scheme

  • To enhance and increase the artistic vitality of the City of Exeter for those who live and work here. 
  • Support and collaborate with creative artists in presenting their work to the people of Exeter.
  • Stimulate arts projects which will benefit the City.
  • Allocate funds to these projects.
  • Embrace many art forms.
  • Involve a wide cross-section of the City's population.
  • Encourage artists inside and outside the City to present their work to the people of Exeter.
  • Involve new artists as well as those with established reputations.


Application Process:

  • Maximum grant that can be applied for is £1,000.
  • Applications are accepted three times a year.
  • Applications may be submitted by individual artists, arts organisations, community groups and promoters.
  • The event must take place within the financial year in which it is awarded.  Financial year runs 1 April-31 March.
  • The grant must be claimed by 20 March, within the financial year in which it is awarded.
  • Grants awarded in March of any year, will be for the financial year beginning 1 April (ie the following financial year).
  • Applications must be submitted by email with supporting information attached as a pdf.
  • Applications must be received by the final deadline date.
  • The decision will be emailed to the applicant within 10 days of the meeting.
  • The decision is final and there is no appeals process.

Before downloading and completing the application form, please read our guidelines and conditions.

Small Arts Grants Scheme Guidelines - (.doc)
Small Arts Grants Scheme Application Form - (.doc)

If you require advice before submitting your application, please contact: arts.grants@exeter.gov.uk

Deadline for applications  Date of meeting 
Wed 7 Jun 17 Wed 28 Jun 17
Wed 6 Sept 17 Wed 27 Sept 17
Wed 7 Mar 18 Wed 28 Mar 18