What is the Arts Award Access Fund?
The Access Fund provides small grants to Arts Award centres working with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to enable them to achieve an Arts Award.
The Access Fund is designed to help centres who would not be able to complete Arts Award otherwise, rather than to enhance existing projects. Registered Arts Award centres can apply for grants of £100–£1,500. Read how the Access Fund has helped young people in the past.
Who can apply?
We welcome applications from all registered Arts Award centres based in England, but priority will be given to those centres that:
Please note: Access Fund grant funding is limited and because of the high volume of applications received, only a proportion of centres will be successful.
What can the money be used for?
Download the Access Fund guidance which includes general information, application guidance and FAQs.
Check out our Top Tips for Success to help you prepare your Access Fund application.
When can I apply?
Changes to 2014 Round 1 opening date: To accommodate new factors and changes related to the Access Fund, we have moved the opening date from January to 3 March 2014.
Access Fund Regional Contributions
Trinity College London would like to thank the following organisations for their contributions to the Access Fund: Artswork, South East Bridge (Round 1 2013), Arts Connect West Midlands, West Midlands Bridge (Rounds 1 and 2 2013) and the Royal Opera House, East Bridge (Round 2 2013). These contributions have been used specifically to support Access Fund applications for Arts Award centres in the South East, West Midlands and Eastern England.
Awards for Young Musicians
Awards for Young Musicians (AYM) works across the UK and across genres to help enable musically talented young people from lower income famlies overcome the barriers they face to progressing in their music making and fulfilling their potential. They combine individual funding, mentoring and other musical/performance opportunities for young musicians with helping to improve the wider environment for their progression through professional development, advocacy and research initiatives, the current focus of which is the AYM-hosted Musical Progressions Roundtable. The deadline for AYM 2014 applications is Friday 21 March 2014; please visit the AYM website for more information.