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Peterborough Presents Training, hosted and managed by Metal, offers training and professional development opportunities for artists, organisations and creative communities living or working in Peterborough. The sessions include one to one surgeries, focused training days, networking events and intensive professional development support to realise exciting new projects. For more information about this professional development programme contact

To find out listings of Peterborough Presents Training events and other activities co-ordinated by Peterborough Presents please click here.


Useful Resources

Our resources page contains useful forms and information about initiatives such as the Peterborough Presents small commissions.

Fundraising resources

This section includes details of organisations, directories and websites that you may find useful in your search for funding. Some of the organisations listed can provide advice and information on funding opportunities, and others offer support for professional fundraisers.


Peterborough Presents Small Commissions Programme – Supports artists and community organisations in developing their own great projects in Peterborough. It provide up to £2000 of funding to arts projects. Read more here.

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Arts project funding from Kevin Spacey foundation The Kevin Spacey Foundation (KSF) Artists of Choice grant is available to US and UK-based artists who have an exciting, innovative idea for: a play, a musical, a dance piece, a choir, a band or a short film. Read more here.

Welcome Trust – provides more than £700 million a year to support bright minds in science, the humanities and the social sciences, as well as education, public engagement and the application of research to medicine. They offer a wide variety of funding schemes to support individual researchers, teams, resources, seed ideas and places. Read more here.

Arts Council England – Arts Council England invest money from government and the National Lottery in arts and culture across England. This funds a wide range of activities from theater to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, crafts to collections; and helps us achieve our mission of great art and culture for everyone. Read more here.

Heritage Lottery Fund – From the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks we love, from precious memories to rare wildlife… we use money raised by National lottery players to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about. Largest dedicated further of heritage in the UK 1994, leading advocate for the value of heritage, supporting the full breadth of heritage, £375million to invest each year and grants from £3000. Read more here.
This website is an initiative of the European Foundation Centre (EFC), which promotes the work of foundations and those who provide funding for businesses in Europe (corporate funders). The Information and Communications programme of the EFC also provides a public information service on foundations and corporate funders active in Europe. is a website for those who raise funds and don’t work for a profit.
This website offers comprehensive information, updated daily, on government grants for both businesses and voluntary groups. It also holds information on publicly funded organisations that provide help and advice.
A website provided by EUCLID as the UK cultural contact point for the EU Culture Programme 2007-2013. It gives examples of projects and activities funded by the programme.

Voluntary Arts website has various briefings and useful tool kits on the website, this particular one is related to funding.

The Momentum Music Fund offers grants of £5,000 – £15,000 for artists and bands to break through to the next level of their careers. Activities eligible for support include recording, touring and marketing. The Momentum Music Fund was launched in 2013 and is a partnership between the PRS Foundation and Arts Council England, in association with Spotify.

Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy – We run England’s national arts and cultural fundraising programme, dedicated to transforming our sector’s knowledge, skills and success in fundraising.  Why not have a look at what’s coming up over the next couple of months?

Start East – StartEast is for creative people who love what they do and want to make a living from it. We offer bespoke, targeted, 1-1 business advice and support, workshops and masterclasses as well as grants of between £1,000-£10,000 to help you grow your business. More info on their website  here


British Council

Bridgewater House
58 Whitworth Street
Manchester M1 6BB
Phone: 0161 957 7755
The British Council offers funding for transporting artists’ work to international exhibitions. It also works with organisations to help them manage events and enter into funding agreements for projects that will contribute to developing cultural relations between the UK and the rest of the world.

Crafts Council
44a Pentonville Road
London N1 9BY
Phone: 020 7278 7700
The Craft Council’s ‘Maker Development’ scheme can help crafts artists with business start-ups, creative growth or to develop a practice.

Ideas Tap
Ideas Tap is a charity that helps creative people get to where they want to be through funding, competitions, arts jobs, training and advice.  It also offers commission-free crowdfunding for artists through its dedicated crowdfunding platform, IdeasTap Accelerator

National Rural Touring Forum (NRTF)
Highfield, The Square
Yapham, York YO42 1PJ
Phone: 0175 930 3624
NRTF is an organisation that represents a number of touring schemes and rural arts development agencies across England and Wales.

Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF)
Central House
14 Upper Woburn Place
London WC1H 0AE
Phone: 020 7255 4499
ACF is the leading membership association for grant making trusts and foundations. Although ACF does not provide grants themselves, their website offers advice on applying for grants as well as a directory of trusts and foundations.

Institute of Fundraising
Park Place
12 Lawn Lane
London SW8 1UD
Phone: 020 7840 1000
The Institute of Fundraising is the professional body that represents fundraisers in the UK. Their mission is to help fundraisers provide excellent fundraising.
National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA)
The Tower
2 Furnival Square
Sheffield S1 4QL
Phone: 0114 278 6636
Textphone: 0114 278 7025
NAVCA is the national voice of local voluntary and community groups in England. Its 360 members work with 140,000 local community groups and voluntary organisations which provide services, improve neighbourhoods, increase volunteering and tackle discrimination.

Charitalbile Funds managed by Cambridgeshire Community Foundation – A list of small grants available to community groups and charities in Cambridgeshire & Peterborough.



Directories and databases

The Directory of Social Change (DSC)
24 Stephenson Way
London NW1 2DP
Phone: 0845 077 7707
The DSC provides information and training to voluntary organisations. They publish several funding guides and handbooks, including ‘The Arts Funding Guide’ and ‘The Complete Fundraising Handbook’, as well as regional guides.

Other sources of funding – ACE recommendations – ACE have produced a very useful list of other sources of funding for the arts in the UK; such as films. Read more here. Read more here.


Useful Websites

Go Think Big Website – Providing useful tools and resources when starting your creative career, also varying work experience opportunities.

Arts Professionals  – Creating and curating the most relevant content for those with a professional interest in the arts sector. Featuring news and good reads, arts jobs, conferences and training events.

Start Now website – A great website that gives a guide for getting your community event off the ground in Cambridge and Peterborough. 

Voluntary Arts – A fantastic website promoting participation in creative cultural activity. A large range of resources from social media tips, funding opportunities and publicity and promotion.

Cambridge Artist Network- CAN is a forum of over 1000 professional artists, arts and cultural organisations operating in Cambridge and the surrounding area and is coordinated by Cambridge City Council. The network hosts an annual arts conference in Cambridge to debate and discuss key issues that face the sector, alongside organising workshops, skill-sharing sessions, monthly informal meet-ups and producing a regular e-newsletter that features arts news, opportunities, jobs, training, events, projects and much more.

Teaching Resources for Creative and cultural Education –

Early Years Arts Mapping 

The Artist Information Company –  a-n stimulates and supports contemporary visual arts practice and affirms artists’ value in society. With over 19,000 members, we focus on conversations around the critical and professional environment for the visual arts, bringing together artists, art students, producers, arts professionals, researchers, arts organisations and universities.

National Federation of Artist Studio Providers – Get support and knowledge for your studio 


Top Tips for successful crowd funding – –

Up to date list of opportunities (commissions, residencies, exhibitions and awards) in the crafts and design sector –

Understanding copyright –

Information about VAT for artists –

How do artists working outside of the gallery system receive validation of their practice – Validation Beyond The Gallery (1) copy

The Arts Council England have produced toolkits on various aspects of the arts. To find out about demonstrating the value of public funding for arts and culture see more here –

Forestry Commission England have juts launched a new toolkit aimed at land managers, artists, producers and promoters based on their recent experience of living Symphonies, co-produced with Sound and music and presented in four different forests in 2014. You can access their toolkit – Planning and Producing Artworks in the Natural Environment – here

A toolkit for artists wanting to work outdoors – Read more here. 

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