Planning a Project?

We have produced a Guide to Funding for artists and producers who are planning to develop projects in Leicester. The guide includes advice on funding streams and how to contact the council to discuss your idea. If you have a proposal for an artwork in Leicester, see the public art page which includes details of the city’s guiding principles for public art, and for information on the city’s festivals and events programme see the Festivals & Events page.

Cultural Ambition Fund (CAF)

We have a small arts development scheme that can financially support heritage, arts or cultural events activities in Leicester. If you are planning a project that reflects Leicester’s Cultural Ambition Statement you may be eligible to a CAF grant, see our Cultural Ambition Fund page for more information. Your project may also be suitable for a Ward Community Grant.

Arts Grants & Funding

Whether you are planning a small-scale community arts activity or a national exhibition tour, there are a variety of national and local funding schemes available, see links below. Check out our artists’ Guide to Funding to establish which funding route will best suit your project. If you are looking for further advice on how to progress your project funding please send us an email.

Funding Schemes

ACE National Lottery Project Grants


Leicester Space Hive

East Midlands Funders

Leicestershire County Council Grants

Creative Leicestershire for advice, support and strategic growth for artists and creative enterprises.

Leicester Funding Tool-kit is hosted by Voluntary Action Leicestershire, this tool-kit provides a searchable database for national, regional and local funders.

LCB Depot offers a range of support services for artists, cultural producers and creative businesses.