Trusts and Foundations


GRANTfinder is the UK’s leading grants and policy database and includes details in excess of 8,000 funding opportunities.


Funding Central

Funding Central is a free resource for charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises based in England. It lists funding and finance opportunities, plus a variety of tools and information on developing sustainable income.


Directory of Social Change

The Directory of Social Change publishes a wide variety of resources for charities, including fundraising guides, directories and websites.


Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

Museums, galleries, libraries, and archives can apply to the AHRC in collaboration with a UK university or AHRC-recognised Independent Research Organisation.


The Leverhulme Trust

The Leverhulme Trust is one of the largest all-subject providers of research funding in the UK.

International Academic Fellowships

International Networks

Visiting Professorships


Anna Plowden Trust

The Anna Plowden Trust offers grants for conservation training, CPD, and the conservation sector.  CPD Grants enable practising conservators to take advantage of CPD opportunities by contributing towards the cost of short courses and conference attendance in the UK and abroad.


Winston Churchill Memorial Trust

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust funds British citizens, resident in the UK, to travel overseas to study areas of topical and personal interest, to gain knowledge and bring back best practice for the benefit of others, their profession, and community in the UK.


John Ellerman Foundation

The John Ellerman Foundation is an independent grantmaking foundation – supporting charities that make a practical difference to people, society, and the natural world.  The annual Regional Museums and Galleries Fund aims to help strengthen regional museums and galleries in the UK.  The Foundation wants to help organisations enhance and sustain curatorial development to attract a broader audience.


British Association of Friends of Museums (BAFM)

From 2016 BAFM is running a bi-annual travel award.  Applications are invited from committed volunteers of any age, or young professionals who are starting their careers in the museum world.

Funded travel could be within the UK or abroad and winners will spend time at their chosen destination working behind the scenes in order to extend their experience and make contacts for the future. Alternatively the travel could be in the form of a short duration internship or the chance to work alongside a respected specialist.


European Cultural Foundation (ECF)

The European Cultural Foundation bridges people and democratic institutions by connecting local cultural change-makers and communities across wider Europe.  The ECF offers grants to support two strands of work:

  1. The mobility of emerging artists and cultural workers – between EU and neighbouring countries – in cross-border projects through the STEP Beyond Travel Grants.
  2. Regional, collaborative artistic and cultural projects in the Western Balkans region are supported through the Balkans Arts and Culture Fund, which is managed by art∡ngle – Balkans | Culture | Development.


The Headley Trust

The Headley Trust considers proposals for overseas arts and heritage projects that cover conservation and recording of heritage in South Eastern Europe.  They support projects that raise awareness of heritage issues in this region, support the capacity of new heritage NGOs, and train the next generation of conservation and heritage professionals.


Dutch Culture Funding

DutchCulture supports artists and organisations to obtain funding for international projects in the areas of culture, media and heritage.


The Charles Wallace Trusts

The Charles Wallace Trusts were set up in the United Kingdom for each of the four countries of former British India – India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Myanmar/Burma – with the central purpose of assisting the nationals of those countries to obtain education and professional development in the United Kingdom.  The Trusts offer bursaries for academics, professionals, and artists to undertake short visits to the UK in order to broaden their professional skills, knowledge, and contacts.


Nehru Trust

The Nehru Trust’s primary activity is an annual awards programme for individual scholars and museum professionals from India and the UK in order to enable them to study, carry out research, or undertake training in both countries.  The Trust also administers grants on behalf of the V&A Jain Art Fund and works in collaboration with the Charles Wallace India Trust with whom it offers an annual joint UK Visiting Fellowship.


Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN)

The Aga Khan Development Network is a group of development agencies with mandates that include architecture, culture, historic cities, and education.


Iran Heritage Foundation

The Iran Heritage Foundation is a UK-registered charity founded to protect and promote Iranian cultural heritage.  The Foundation considers applications to support academic projects concerned with any branch of Persian or Iranian studies, and projects connected with contemporary art, exhibitions, and culture.


Roberto Cimetta Fund

The Roberto Cimetta Fund is an international non-profit organisation that provides funding to artists and cultural managers who wish to travel in order to develop artistic cooperation projects in the Euro-Mediterranean region, and in particular throughout the Arab world.  The Fund also builds partnerships with organisations, ministries, local or regional governing bodies, and European Capitals of Culture.


Japan Foundation

The Japan Foundation is Japan’s only institution dedicated to carrying out comprehensive international cultural exchange programmes throughout the world.  It can provide support for exhibitions, cultural exchanges, and artist-in-residence programmes.


Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation

The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation is a UK charity that supports closer links between Britain and Japan.  It makes grants available to individuals, institutions, and organisations to promote links between the UK and Japan across all areas of activity.


AAM Museums Connect

The Museums Connect programme strengthens connections and cultural understanding between people in the United States and abroad through innovative projects, facilitated by museums and executed by their communities, which support U.S. foreign policy goals, such as youth empowerment, environmental sustainability, and disability rights awareness.


The Getty Foundation

The Getty Foundation supports individuals and institutions committed to advancing the greater understanding and preservation of visual arts in Los Angeles and throughout the world though a number of initiatives.


Ford Foundation

The Ford Foundation primarily offers grants to organisations, though occasionally to individuals, through initiatives that address social justice issues in North America, Latin America, Africa, and Asia.