There are a number of useful websites that list funding opportunities for dance and the arts. It can be difficult and time consuming to find what you are looking for so research is important.

Here are just a few useful websites to begin with:

Arts Council England

Art Council England fund arts activities that engage people in England, or that help artists and arts organisations carry out their work.

They support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections.

Other Sources of Arts Funding

- All Art Forms

Arts Council England's website also lists some of the main sources of funding for the arts in the UK, particularly for those activities that they cannot provide grants for, such as those relating to films.

- Community Dance

The Foundation for Community Dance lists funding opportunities for community dance artists, practitioners and organisations - particularly funding suitable for continuing professional development and training. It also lists funding opportunties for Dance and Health and Dance and Disability Projects.

- Dance Training

The Council for Dance Education and Training focuses their advice specifically on funding for Dance Training including information on Dance and Drama Awards (DaDA) and the Music and Dance Scheme which funds the North West Centre for Advanced Training in Dance.

- Professional Dance Artists

Juice is The Place's online resource for the professional dance community; here you can find specific funding opportunities for professional dance artists.

- Professional Dance Companies

The British Council in some cases provide support for dance and theatre companies in their work

- Fundrasing

Youth Dance England have put together some fundraising advice to signpost young people and those who work with young dancers to fundraising sources and provide some useful tips.

- Other

Each year the BBC's Performing Arts Fund focuses on a different art for. In 2011 they developed two dance funding streams; Community Dance and Dance Fellowships.

County Sport Partnerships fund local sport participation and some dance activity may be eligble for their criteria. 

This is not a conclusive list. There are lots of funding avenues out there so keep searching.

You can also get information on funding opportunities from public libraries.


Funding Opportunities on NorthWest Dance Website

Please click here for our listings of funding opportunities that you may find helpful within your area.

If you have a funding opportunity that you would like to share with the region, you can upload this information to the NorthWest Dance Website by registering as a practitioner or organisation.