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Crowdfund for arts: £125,000 of extra funding for individual artists

Do you have an artistic project or an idea that will benefit the people around you? If so, you could get up to £10,000 extra funding towards your crowdfunding project.

Crowdfunder want to discover England’s most exciting individual artists - artists who are bringing something to their local community or the people and communities around them.


With the support of the Arts Council England, Crowdfunder have £125,000 of extra funding to put towards crowdfunding projects run by individual artists.


Applicants will need to demonstrate previous artistic achievements – for example exhibitions, productions, publications etc.


You will be asked to outline:

  • any key commissions you’ve received
  • key pieces of work you’ve completed
  • if you’ve worked with any established artistic partners


Arts Council England hopes that the Crowdfunding projects it supports will allow artists to pursue a new opportunity. Therefore you will be asked to outline how the project will allow you to do at least one of the following :

  • work in new ways, new contexts or with new people
  • reach new or different audiences
  • to try out new approaches
  • achieve other types of development (for example, organisational, business or professional development)


Projects supported by Arts Council England should aim to benefit as wide an audience as possible. You will be asked the following about the people who will benefit from your activity:

  • their age group
  • their ethnic group
  • whether they have disabilities
  • their sexual orientation
  • their gender


To receive a match pledge from Arts Council your project must be:

  • using one a recognised art form – excluding museums and libraries

  • raising funds of between £4,000 and £40,000

  • using the 'All-or-Nothing' funding option only

  • 25% funded on the Crowdfunder website

  • funded from at least 5 unique backers

  • able to start no more than 3 months from the point at which funding isreleased

  • completed within 12 months of starting funding


Projects must not:
  • Be self-promotional projects which do not provide public benefit. This would include buying equipment and instruments which would not beused for the benefit of the public

  • Have costs that are already paid for by other income including your ownfunds or any other funding

  • Be projects in a formal educational setting for educational purposesnecessary by law

  • Be activities that are intended to make a profit within the project period

  • Be fundraising activities, such as charity galas, that do not benefit thearts

  • Be film and video projects with a narrative focus

  • Be activities or events that mainly take place outside England.

  • Be touring activity where more than 15% of performance or event days take place outside England. 


To find out more, and to start Crowdfunding your project, click here 



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