Funding is available to not-for-profit organisations, including charities, companies and community trusts, for projects in the areas of culture and the arts that make a real and ongoing difference to people’s lives in the UK.

Funding is for projects that make a real and ongoing difference to people’s lives in the UK.

The Foundation aims to:

  • Champion wider access to the arts and heritage by supporting projects that reach diverse communities and those who would not otherwise be able to participate.
  • Prioritise projects that enable people to develop their abilities and careers, by providing professional education, training, apprenticeships and work place experience in all areas of the arts, from stone masonry to youth orchestras and stage electricians.
  • Promote excellence in all areas of the arts, culture and heritage.
  • Continue their role as high profile champion of the benefits of engagement in the arts and heritage and the importance of diversity in the sectors.

Grants of up to £25,000 per year are available.

The funding may be used for multi-year projects.

Match Funding Restrictions

It is expected that most applicants would have secured a significant proportion of funding prior to sending in their application.

Who Can Apply

Not-for-profit organisations, including charities, constituted community groups, companies and community trusts, based and operating within the UK, are eligible to apply.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be able to provide their most recent set of accounts no more than 18 months old.
  • Be able to meet all laws regulating the way they operate, the work being carried out, the staff being employed and services bought. This includes all permissions and insurances required by law.
  • Have appropriate policies in place including but not limited to equal opportunities, employment law, and data protection.
  • Demonstrate professional training/development.
  • Have an accessible recruitment or engagement process that works to encourage participation and breakdown potential barriers for participants.
  • Demonstrate the pathway for progression and any wider social impact of the proposed project.

Repeat funding to the same organisation will not be considered until at least 24 months from the last grant payment.


The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Commercial organisations.
  • Grants to Individuals, including individual scholarships, student grants and bursaries.
  • Capital Costs including building work, renovations, refurbishment/repair, and equipment.
  • One off Events such as a festival or the production of a play.
  • Projects where the aim is not connected with the arts, culture, or heritage.
  • General rehearsal, touring, production or staging costs for performances or exhibitions.
  • One off productions/performances or tours.
  • After School clubs.
  • Music technology equipment or musical instruments where the organisation doesn’t provide lessons or professional training.
  • Church choirs.
  • Competitions.
  • Repair, restoration or renewal of church bells or church organs.

Eligible Expenditure

Funding is intended to support arts, culture, and heritage projects that:

  • Provide, enhance, or enrich education.
  • Unlock creative potential and develop skills to access a career.
  • Use the arts to develop life skills or support development within a career in the heritage sector.
  • Equip the next generation to manage a sustainable career.
  • Introduce young people to the arts and heritage and provide opportunities for progression.
  • Provide professional training or development.
  • Break new ground to solve the problem or uses tried and tested models to drive positive social change in a new way.

To be eligible, projects should:

  • Fulfil the Foundation’s charitable objectives.
  • Target those who would not otherwise be able to participate, either due to lack of funding or access to the provision in other identifiable ways.
  • Make a difference to people’s lives.
  • Have a proven track record.
  • Be viable and sustainable.
  • Provide an ongoing benefit.
  • Have a creditable history of being successful in its objectives.
  • Be well managed.
  • Have a budget plan provided that shows a realistic outcome.
  • Show the quality of the activity in relation to the arts, culture and/or heritage.
  • Show the quality of skils that will be taught.
  • Provide professional tuition or education.

Priority will be given to organisations and projects that:

  • Increase diversity in the arts and heritage by breaking down social, economic and geographical barriers, encouraging engagement and providing high quality training to young people aged under 25. This includes youth theatres, youth orchestras, side-by-side music initiatives, music therapy groups, music in prisons, and heritage skill training.
  • Provide specialist training and work-place experience and apprenticeships for emerging artists and newly graduated professionals, such as theatre director schemes, actor mentoring and training, heritage building craft apprentices and training schemes, young composer schemes and writers’ workshops.
  • Unlock access to high quality arts and heritage education and training for a significant number of people.

How To Apply

There is a two stage application process.

  • The deadline for stage one applications is 28 February 2022 (midnight). Organisations are advised to apply as soon as possible.
  • Successful applicants will then be invited to complete a stage two application. The deadline for stage two applications is 31 March 2022.

Funding decisions will be made in May 2022.

Applicants will be asked to provide:

  • Information on their organisation.
  • Daytime contact details for someone within the organisation
  • An overview of the project or work for which funding is being sought.
  • Details of how the project will make a difference to people’s lives.
  • Information on the amount of funding being requested and funding received or secured to date.

Guidance and an online application form can be found on the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation website.

Groups with a specific question can contact the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation by using the contact form on the Foundation’s website.

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