Arts, humanities and social sciences funding

by | Feb 10, 2022

Funding opportunities in arts, humanities and social sciences.

AHRC – Research in Film Awards

Academics and film-makers are being encouraged to enter their work into the Research in Film Awards, designed to encourage, stimulate and recognise the body of work created at the interface between research and film.

The winning film-makers in each category will receive £2,000 towards their film-making.

Find out more on the AHRC website.

Arts Council England funding schemes (England only)

A number of grants for the arts are available for individuals, arts organisations and other people who use the arts in their work and help achieve the Council’s mission of great art and culture for everyone.

Find out more on the Arts Council England website.

Being Human – Festival of the Humanities

The festival provides an opportunity to share research in the humanities in fun and engaging ways with non-academic audiences.

A number of grants are available to support public engagement activities across the UK.

Find out more on the Being Human Festival website.

British Society for the History of Philosophy – Public Engagement Funding

One public engagement grant of up to £1,000 per year is available for exhibitions or public events, including public lectures, with a significant component relating to the history of philosophy, and for creating and distributing content related to the history of philosophy on electronic media, including television, radio, websites and podcasts.

Find out more on the BSHP website.

The Elephant Trust – grants to support new visual arts projects

The Elephant Trust aims to develop and improve the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the fine arts in the UK.

Up to £5,000 funding is available to support new work, with priority being given to artists in the fine arts and small organisations and galleries.

Find out more on the Elephant Trust website.

ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize

This is an annual opportunity recognising ESRC-funded researchers and ESRC associates.

It celebrates researchers at all career stages whose actions have supported changes in practice, thinking or capacity that create a positive impact in our society, economy and in our lives, both here in the UK and internationally.

Find out more on the UKRI website.

ESRC Festival of Social Sciences

Applications are available for sponsorship of up to £1,000 to assist with events.

This celebration of the social sciences takes place across the UK with events being held covering a wide range of topics – AI, mental health, sexuality, parenting, weather, gender, ageing, love, death, economics and education, to name but a few.

These events are delivered via public debates, conferences, workshops, interactive seminars, film screenings and virtual exhibitions, among other formats.

Find out more on the UKRI website.

Heritage Lottery Fund grant programmes

Grants for projects related to the national, regional, or local heritage in the UK, including Sharing Heritage, Our Heritage and Heritage Grants.

Heritage can mean anything from the past that you value and want to pass on to future generations.

Grants range from £3,000 up to millions of pounds.

Find out more on the Heritage Fund website.

The Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology – Community Engagement Award

This award is designed to support individuals, groups and societies in developing new public-facing initiatives, whether one-off events, programmes of activities, digital archaeology or other creative outputs.

Proposals seeking to develop innovative forms of engagement or demonstrate the potential to engage non-traditional audiences are welcome. Funding of up to £500 is available.

Find out more on the Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology website.