Arts Investment Fund

Our Arts Investment Fund helps organisations in Kent by funding projects to develop high quality arts and cultural activities. This boosts the local economy by improving arts and culture for people living in, working in and visiting Kent and develops the reputation of the county as a world class cultural location.

To apply for the Arts Investment Fund:

  • you must be a non-profit distributing organisation. Proposals from individual artists are accepted, provided there is clear public benefit
  • your application must be for a project that will be completed by March 2021, if you believe that you cannot meet this deadline please email arts@kent.gov.uk
  • your organisation must provide at least 50% cash match (not in-kind) of the total project costs
  • your activity must be open to the public, or have a clear public benefit
  • your activity must have direct benefit in Kent.

The fund does not support:

  • any activity organised for party political, religious or charity fund-raising purposes
  • applications where 50% of the cash income has not been identified as coming from other sources. Applications to other funders should have been submitted or be in the process of being submitted
  • higher education courses or the costs of attending training courses
  • projects where most of the activity takes place in schools, not open to the public
  • capital schemes, though we may fund equipment purchase as part of a wider eligible project
  • retrospective project costs
  • applicants who have previously failed to comply with Arts Investment Fund grant conditions

For more information please read our guidance to applicants (PDF, 100.7 KB).

To view of all grants Kent County Council offer, please read our grants prospectus (PDF, 369.1 KB).

Apply for funding

Applications close 18 February 2020, at 12pm.

If you have any questions, please call 03000 42 00 09 or email arts@kent.gov.uk.

We work with the successful organisations to develop a range of high quality arts and cultural activities.

The projects that have been awarded funding for 2019/20 are:

2019/20

  • 1927 Productions
  • Alison Neighbour
  • Animate Arts Company
  • Broadstairs Folk Week
  • Canterbury Theatre & Festival Trust
  • Cohesion Plus
  • Deal Music & Arts
  • Dot Dash
  • Emma Gibson
  • Esteban Lecoq
  • Extra Normal Music
  • Folkestone Dance
  • Future Foundry
  • Gulbenkian, University of Kent
  • Icon Theatre
  • Jasmin Vardimon Educational Company
  • Jessica Jordan-Wrench
  • Moving Memory
  • Music @ Malling
  • Open School East
  • People United
  • Performance Space
  • St Mary's Arts Trust t/a Revelation
  • Strange Cargo
  • Strangeface
  • Student Print Curating Group
  • Tunbridge Wells Puppetry Festival
  • Whitstable Biennale

2018/19

  • 1927
  • Broadstairs Folk Week
  • Canterbury Festival
  • Cohesion Plus
  • Esteban Fourmi
  • Extra Normal Records
  • Folkestone Fringe
  • Friends for Mental Health
  • Gulbenkian
  • Hop Projects
  • Ideas Test
  • Jemma Channing
  • Margate Pride
  • Motormouse
  • Open School East
  • Performance Space
  • Resort Margate
  • Strangelove
  • Trinity Theatre
  • Tunbridge Wells Puppetry Theatre
  • UK Arts International
  • University for the Creative Arts
  • Whitstable Biennale

Please email arts@kent.gov.uk or call our Programme Support Officer on 03000 42 00 09 if you have any questions.