National Forest Arts Grants

The National Forest Arts Grant applications are now closed. We will update this page when they reopen. 

This new scheme is being piloted to support the arts sector in the National Forest during the continued challenges that Covid-19 presents. We hope to be able to help the creative community to adapt ways of working and test out new methods so that alternative forms of engagement and creative activity can be undertaken.

Do you have the seed of an idea for a new project which you would like to trial? This could be a piece of theatre performed on doorsteps, a creative tool kit for people to take on walks or an idea reimagined for an online audience. Whatever you are thinking, we would love to hear from you.

We are looking to award 5 x £3000 grants, to be utilised between 31 January – 31 July 2021.

Who the scheme is aimed at:

The scheme is open to any art form, including but not restricted to, visual arts, performing arts, crafts, lens-based media, digital arts and socially engaged practice.

We are looking for projects that share the values of the National Forest which are centred around the belief that tackling climate change is urgent and sustainability is achievable - by nature, society and the economy working in harmony.

The scheme is to support arts activity to be delivered in the National Forest and is open to artists, creative practitioners, arts organisations and community groups either based in the National Forest or who can demonstrate an existing connection to the National Forest.

Proposals should outline how the idea has taken inspiration from the Forest and that the project will support one or more of the following themes: Health & Wellbeing, Nature, Sense of Place, Sustainability, Climate Action.

Photo by Rob Fraser, Haiku In the Trees,
Photo by Rob Fraser, Haiku In the Trees,

How to apply:

The deadline for applying is 5pm Monday 11 January 2021. To apply please download and complete the National Forest Arts Grants Application Form, along with the Information and Criteria for Applicants which should be read in advance. 

Applications should be sent to:
Jo Maker
Festival & Arts Officer
07816 213225

If you require any further information, would like to discuss an idea or any access requirements related to an application then please get in touch