Photograph collage of different events and arts around Medway including dancers, singers, art workshops, light installations, painted houses.

Many public funded organisations, professional bodies, trusts and foundations are offering advice and support to creative organisations and artists.

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South East Create Growth Programme

The aim of the South East Create Growth Programme is to facilitate and encourage ambitious high growth potential businesses in the creative industries to access finance, enabling growth in activity, workforce and turnover.

Over the next 2 years, the programme will offer a range of opportunities for businesses in the creative industries in the south east region. These will include grant funding of £10,000 to £30,000 for innovation projects, as well as a bespoke investment readiness programme.

Find out more about the South East Create Growth Programme.

Work opportunities

Arts jobs list adverts for a range of job opportunities within the art and culture sector.

Find out more on the Arts jobs website.

Find a list of current volunteering opportunities in Medway at Medway Voluntary Action.


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Arts Council

View Arts Council advice and guidance for a range of activities, from applying for funding and running your own business to developing audiences to learning and education resources.

Outdoor Arts

Outdoor Arts sector resources include a toolkit for working outdoors.

Heritage Fund

Heritage Fund also have advice, resources and top tips.

Arts Council England

Arts Council England offer support, advice, and funding opportunities.

They invest public money from government and the National Lottery to give everyone the opportunity to let their creativity flourish. This ensures that we all have access to a remarkable range of high-quality cultural experiences.

Find out more on the Arts Council England website.

The Actors’ Children’s Trust (ACT)

ACT helps actors’ children enjoy secure and creative lives. They give financial, practical and emotional support to help parents working in the acting industry.

Find out more on the ACT website.


ARTCRY is led by a group of artists, creatives, agitators and producers.

They believe that funding can encourage and enable more artists to make work as part of a public dialogue. They also support and offer funding to fast-response artists where immediate funding is needed to make their work possible.

Find out more on the ARTCRY website.

Artists’ General Benevolent Institution (AGBI)

AGBI financially supports professional artists in need and their dependents living in England, Wales and Northern Ireland who cannot work or earn due to accident, illness or older age.

Find out more on the AGBI website.

British Council

British Council has a range of current and upcoming international opportunities for:

  • artists
  • creatives
  • professionals
  • organisations.

Visit the British Council website for more information.

The British Film Institute (BFI)

BFI support filmmakers and the screen industry in the UK and abroad.

They provide funding for film and TV development and production and funding to build skills and experience.

Find out more on the BFI website.

Colyer Fergusson Charitable Trust

Colyer Fergusson Charitable Trust offer grants to support vulnerable and disadvantaged people living in Kent and Medway.

They invest in communities, families and young people, locally and in rehabilitation.

Find out more on the Colyer Fergusson Charitable Trust website.

The Cole Charitable Trust

The Cole Charitable Trust is a small grant-making trust which supports charities in the West Midlands, Kent and Cambridgeshire areas.

Find out more on The Cole Charitable Trust website.

The Co-op Community Fund

The Co-op Community Fund supports projects that make communities fairer for everyone.

Find out how you can apply for funding on the Co-op website.

Dance Professionals Fund

Dance Professionals Fund aims to support people in the dance world throughout their lives.

They offer financial help for individuals during their dance careers and into retirement.

Find out more on the Dance Professionals Fund website.

The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation

The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation make unrestricted, core and project grants for charitable work in the UK.

Visit the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation website to find out more.

Freelands Foundation

Freelands Foundation aims to help more people engage with and enjoy the visual arts in the UK.

Find out more about available resources and grants on the Freelands Foundation website.

Jerwood Arts

Jerwood Arts is the leading independent funder dedicated to supporting UK artists, curators and producers.

Find out more on the Jerwood Arts website.

Kent County Council (KCC)

KCC offer:

  • funding opportunities
  • help and advice
  • other funding sources.

Visit the KCC website for more information.

Kent Community Foundation

Kent Community Foundation’s majority of grant-making is to groups, in particular small community and voluntary groups that are charitable in purpose and are working for the benefit of people in Kent and Medway.

Find out more of the Kent Community Foundation website.


Metal support artists working in all disciplines, providing opportunities like:

  • Estuary Festival
  • artists-in-residence
  • intensive, week-long Culture LABs for peer-to-peer learning and exchange.

Find out more on the Metal website.

The Morrisons Foundation

The Morrisons Foundation supports charities making a positive difference in local communities across England, Scotland and Wales.

Find out how you can apply for funding on The Morrisons Foundation website.

National Lottery Heritage Fund

National Lottery Heritage Fund are the largest dedicated grant funder of the UK’s heritage. They distribute National Lottery Grants, funding projects that sustain and transform the UK’s heritage.

As the Heritage Fund, they distribute non-lottery funding too.

Find out more on the National Lottery Heritage Fund website.

Outdoor Arts UK (OAUK)

OAUK advocates for outdoor arts across:

  • cultural bodies
  • national and local government organisations
  • various funding arenas.

They support the sector by providing practical information on good working practices and guidance for new and experienced practitioners.

Find out more on the OAUK website.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Paul Hamlyn Foundation can help fund:

  • education and learning through the arts
  • investment in young people
  • arts access and participation.

Find out more on the Paul Hamlyn Foundation website.

The Rochester Bridge Trust

Find grant opportunities and other resources on The Rochester Bridge Trust website.

The Whitehead Monckton Charitable Foundation

The Whitehead Monckton Charitable Foundation provides funding to a wide range of charities based in or operating mainly within Kent.

Find out more on The Whitehead Monckton Charitable Foundation website.

Youth Music

Youth Music is a charitable funder. This means that they give grants to other organisations to run music making projects or create career progression opportunities in music.

Find out more on the Youth Music website.

Creative Medway

Find out more about the Cultural Compact that is driving Medway's Cultural Strategy and how you can get involved.

Find out more on Creative Medway