Arts Grants Scheme Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Sector: EducationHealth
Last date: Tuesday, April 12, 2022
United Kingdom

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Detailed Description

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is pleased to announce an open call for the Arts Grants Scheme to produce innovative and engaging art projects across the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

The term ‘arts’ includes music, sound, dance, mime, drama, theatre, storytelling, creative writing, poetry, architecture and allied fields, printmaking, installation, circus, carnival, painting, ceramics, sculpture, photography, costume and fashion design, textiles, public art, digital arts, video, new media, film and animation.


This commitment is reflected in four key ambitions to:

  • Demonstrate ambition, creativity, and originality
  • Promote collaborative working and build capacity across new and established partnerships
  • Create learning and development opportunities for audiences and participants (which includes artists)
  • Ensure that creative activity is accessible, and supports wellbeing for the residents.

Funding Information

  • Individuals and organisations can apply for a grant up to a maximum of £3,000.
  • Amounts anywhere between £500 – £3,000 may be requested
  • The Arts Grants do not cover 100% of project costs. Matched funding is required, at least 10% of the total project costs.

What they will fund?

  • Projects clearly meeting at least two of the four ambitions
  • Projects taking place within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and of benefit to the residents
  • Projects that have a participatory element
  • Artist-based talks
  • Research and development leading to a project that will result in clear public benefit
  • Marketing and promotional material required as part of a project
  • Materials or equipment required as part of a project.

What they will not fund?

  • Projects that are for private gain, or result in a profit
  • Projects that have no public benefit for residents of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
  • Projects that do not have a strong arts component
  • Existing website maintenance
  • Study or training fees
  • Activities that promote a particular political or religious view
  • Framing or exhibition mounting costs
  • Refreshments or meals
  • Capital costs
  • Core running costs or overheads, for example utilities, stationery or rent (although up to 10% of your budget can include costs for overheads specific to your application).
  • Loan repayments
  • VAT
  • Budget deficits
  • Endowments
  • Promotional material, videos and online marketing for the applicant in general, rather than a specific project
  • Activities that have already taken place
  • Activities placed in a formal education setting as part of the core curriculum
  • Recurring projects with no development, such as regular workshops, annual festivals/events.

Eligibility Criteria

Who can apply

They welcome applications from any of the following who are based in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea:

  • Individuals, aged 18 years and over
  • Professional or Voluntary Arts organisation
  • Community Interest Company (CIC)
  • Charity, Community, Voluntary or Not-for-Profit organisation
  • Youth group
  • Health group or organisation
  • If you are not based in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, you are able to apply provided you submit a letter of support from a local partner organisation as a supporting document (see section C – Declaration).
  • If your application is successful, they require the following documentation:
  • As an Organisation: copies of your constitution or memorandum and articles of association, and your latest annual accounts.
  • As an Individual: confirmation letter from an organisation that can receive the grant award, as they cannot pay grants into a personal bank account.

Who cannot apply

They welcome applications from any of the following as partners of projects, but not as the applicant:

  • Schools or educational establishments
  • Any local authority-maintained organisation or departments within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea local authority
  • Commercial companies or profit-making organisations with projects for the purpose of making a profit.
  • They are not able to accept applications from current grant holders or previous grant holders who have failed to return a satisfactory evaluation for the activity funded.
  • Applicants are not permitted to hold more than one Arts Grant award in the same financial year or to receive funding in consecutive rounds.