Not-for-profit formally constituted organisations based and working in the UK can apply at any time for grants to encourage the development, use and sustainability of effective arts-based activities in education, in order to have a positive effect on children’s lives and learning.
Applicants that do not already have a track record in both the arts and work on access and participation, must have a strong partnership that possesses such skills.
Applications will be considered for projects that meet the following criteria:
• Takes place on or off school premises and in or out of school hours.
• Involves any of the following: crafts, creative writing (including poetry), dance, design, film, music, opera, photography, digital arts and media, theatre and drama, the visual arts, and cross-arts practices.
• Is about learning in arts subjects or uses arts-based approaches to achieve one or more of the following:
o teaches other subjects (e.g. teaching science through drama-based techniques, or maths by using music, or history through the study of paintings);
o supports other positive whole school outcomes; and
o supports students’ life skills and readiness to learn.
The PHF is particularly interested in funding:
• Work designed to achieve significant benefit for children and young people experiencing disadvantage, while adopting an inclusive/whole school approach.
• Work for the benefit of primary-age children.
• Work taking place in areas of social and economic deprivation outside of London.
There are two levels of funding:
• ‘Explore and Test’ grants of up to £60,000 for up to two years. Funding is designed to help explore and test both new approaches and ways of addressing new issues. Up to 20% of the grant may be allocated as a contribution to organisational running costs.
• ‘More and Better’ grants of up to £400,000 for up to four years. Funding is intended to help organisations, or the sector more broadly, to deliver more effective arts-based learning.
There is a rolling deadline, applications can be made at any time.
More information can be found here.