Links & Resources

Hands holding a badge and leaflet, in front of a small wooden model of a barn's infrastructure.
At Art in the Park, 2018. Photo credit: Hollie Southwell.

Arts, cultural, heritage and community Funding Bodies

Arts Council England is the national development agency for the arts in England, distributing public money from the Government and the National Lottery. Contact your local office for more information.

Heritage Lottery Fund – Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) gives grants to sustain and transform our heritage. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. A variety of schemes may cross over with Ideas Test projects.

Kent 4 Community – The community funding support website for the Kent area; grants and funding advice and information

Kent County Council Community Engagement – These schemes are either administered by KCC or administered on behalf of KCC by a third party. Member Community Grants: each County Councillor has £10,000 per annum for projects benefiting local groups. Small Community Capital Projects: can consider bids up to £20,000 for larger capital projects. Local Schemes Grant: awards for revenue or minor capital projects meeting KCC strategic objectives.

Kent Arts investment Fund – Enabling arts activity to take place and to support artists to develop their creative practice, in order to grow the Kent economy and bring about positive change for residents and visitors in the county.

Swale Borough Council Community Project Funding – Each of Swale Borough Council’s 47 Councillors is given an allocation of funding to support local community projects. Councillors are able to ‘pool’ their allocations to support a particular project(s).

Medway Council Small Grants Programme – The Medway Small Grants Programme is open to groups whose activities benefit Medway residents.

Royal Opera House Bridge shared these documents, which may help to pinpoint an appropriate funder for you.


Jobs, networking and professional development for artists

Confidence to Create – Ideas Test’s creative development meetings for all kinds of people who want to grow their practice

Kent Creative Live – meet-ups and collaborative opportunities for artists in Kent

What Next? Kent – Kent Chapter of What Next? which meets regularly to enable people involved in the arts to actively advocate the value of the work they do and make connections with people from other sectors in the area.

Arts Professional – news, features and opportunities in the arts and cultural sector

a-n – the Artists Information Company featuring jobs, funding opportunities and resources for artists

The Stage – news, interviews and job opportunities for the performing arts sector

Arts News & Arts Jobs – Arts Council England’s listings service for news and job opportunities in the arts and cultural sector


Other websites

Visit Swale – find local attractions and events in the Swale area