ga Grants

Are you seeking funding for an arts initiative that will take place within the Borough of Guildford? Need help with money for a ‘one off’ arts event to be spent on publicity, materials, travel costs and /or fees? Perhaps you are looking for the backing of an established charitable arts organisation in support of applications to large funding bodies such as Guildford Borough Council or the Big Lottery Fund?

Guildford Shakespeare Company,
Alice 2017 (Photo Matt Pereira)

In which case you may be eligible for a small grant from Guildford Arts to help you towards your goal.

Guildford Arts Small Grants Scheme

Guildford Arts runs a small grants scheme with the principal aim of helping new local arts initiatives/projects to get off the ground.

If you have a new initiative/project and are seeking funding, please apply to

Grants are made in May and November each year.

Applications must be received by the end of April or October.

Guidance on the Criteria for a Grant

1. Grants (usually £100-250, exceptionally up to £500) will normally only be made for new initiatives not a continuation or repeat of a previous or similar activity

2. Grants will usually be given to initiatives which have a longer term potential rather than a one-off event

3. Activities which enhance the lives of disadvantaged or young people will be particularly welcome, especially if it has the potential for some continuing engagement of the young or disadvantaged in hands-on artistic activity.

4. Preference will be given to initiatives which have the potential to involve a wider group of participants and have sustained impact

5. Receipt of an award will include the requirement to agree both to publicise Guildford Arts and allow the subsequent free use by Guildford Arts of the information provided (unless there is a specific agreement to the contrary)

6. A grant will be conditional on Guildford Arts receiving a report from the organisers setting out what was achieved and what subsequent actions are proposed.

7. Following the offer of a grant, 50% of the agreed funding will be made available subject to any other conditions that may be required. The second 50% will be available once the applicant has provided a suitable illustrated report on the success of the grant aided proposal. The report should be a relatively short appraisal of how the supported scheme performed against targets and how well it was received by participants/attendees.


1. Commercial or profit making organisations, education Institutions and Local Authorities, unless it is a completely separate project, supported by the organisation and run on a not for profit basis. 

2. Retrospective applications

3. Capital expenditure or the acquisition or maintenance of buildings etc.

4. Contributions to paid employment or personal education costs

5. The full cost of an initiative/project will not be met. Significant funds must be available from other sources. Evidence showing the existence of such funds may be required.

N.B. Very rarely, in wholly exceptional circumstances, GA may waive one or more of these exclusions.


If you have a worthwhile project which meets the requirements set out above, please send the following information to

1. A short description (half/three quarters of a page) of your proposal and its objectives,

2. Details of established funding and /or realistic expected revenue
3. A breakdown of projected costs
4. The names, background and contact details of those running the project
5. A statement of the ways in which the project might develop and involve others.

If you are part of an organisation with a founding statement, constitution etc with a description of aims and objectives etc, will you please include that with your submission (or, if available on a web site, the URL).

Please note the dates for submission given at the top of this document.


Sometimes grants will be made/rejected on the basis of the above application alone: more usually, the people/person running the project will be asked to discuss the proposal with a designated member or members of the Guildford Arts Committee.

Guildford Arts
December 2012

Some examples of recent awards:

£300 toward the production of L’Orfeo opera staged by Esmond Cordingly-Poole for charity at St Mary’s in Guildford. The production gave young people the opportunity to produce and participate in a rarely staged opera.

£500 for a special arts related workshop for young people within the Always the Sun Festival in Stoke Park 

£214.25 to Forge Initiative Productions for their production of ‘Hitchhikers Guide to Guildford’.This was a special production that would be adapted for schools.

£250 for a workshop for young people as part of the national Big Draw initiative.

Funding for one of the film screenings  specifically aimed at the elderly within the Guildford Film Festival. 

Delight in Libraries – A drama production for young people from Guildford schools. £500

Grant toward installation of Physical Energy, Watts Gallery and Artists Village. £500

New Surrey Performing Arts Library – £1,000 to help more the library contents to a new site in Woking.

Pirbright Arts for a live online music concert. £600. Ongoing.

The above selection of awards were made during the period 2017 – 2020