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Arts For Impact

Gemma Colley

Arts For Impact

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The arts sector needs your support. From helping with mental health to improving social skills, arts and culture can have a huge, meaningful impact on lives. Our newest campaign aims to support arts and culture charities working to achieve societal impact across the UK.

How does it work?

Arts for Impact Fund utilises our ‘1:1’ model of match funding. Arts and culture charities apply to Big Give, and their application is assessed by Big Give and our partners, New Philanthropy for Arts & Culture (NPAC). Successful charities are awarded a sum of match funding which is ring-fenced for their organisation. This match funding is unlocked by public donations given through Big Give’s online fundraising platform during the week of the campaign.

Charity Eligibility Criteria

  • UK-registered charity with a Charity Commission, OSCR or NI Charity Commission number, or tax-exempt status
  • Have an annual income of at least £25,000 (as per last filed accounts on the Charity Commission).
  • Charities seeking to raise either £1,000, £2,500, £5,000, or £10,000 in public donations (to be doubled by the match funds). For a small number of charities (which have an annual income of above £1m as per last filed accounts), we will consider targets up to £20,000 (to be doubled by match funds).
  • Charities which are registered on (free to register)
  • Arts and culture charities that have arts and culture as their core mission and are looking for funds to support transformational impact for the people engaging with the charity.
    • By “core mission”, we mean that the arts and culture is mentioned in the organisation’s charitable objects. This may include (but is not limited to) theatres, dance troupes, choirs, orchestras, arts centres, galleries, museums, arts festivals and arts-based community groups.
    • Transformational social impact may include (but is not limited to) improved health and wellbeing, improved education, improved mental health, social cohesion and welfare. Charities will be asked to demonstrate the social impact of their work in the application, and to set out how they would propose to use any funds allocated to them from the NPAC/Big Give Matched fund.
  • Charities where work is focused in the UK.
    • We welcome applications from charities across the UK. We would particularly encourage applications from charities operating within the following counties/unitary authorities (as we have secured funds to support charities operating in these areas):
      Essex, Greater London, Stoke on Trent (including Newcastle Under Lyme), Tyne and Wear, West Sussex, West Yorkshire.

To find out more and how to apply, visit Arts For Impact – The Big Give

Application deadline: By 15th December

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