National Forest Arts Grants

We are pleased to open the National Forest Arts Grants for a third round. Arts Grants are available to support the National Forest creative community to develop and pilot new projects inspired by the National Forest and in response to one or more of the following themes - Nature, Health & Wellbeing, Sense of Place, Sustainability, Climate Action and Circular Economy.

We are looking for projects that offer new approaches to engaging people either through the development process or the sharing and celebration of the work. Proposals should reflect the values of the National Forest which are centred around the belief that tackling climate change is urgent and sustainability is achievable. Only by working together with nature can society and the economy thrive. 

Projects previously supported through this initiative have generated a range of opportunities for people to experience the Forest in new and unique ways from podcasts, printed booklets, performances and songs, to a mobile exhibition which toured the Forest by bicycle.

We hope to award 6 grants of up to £3000, to be delivered between 31 January – 16 September 2023.

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.

The grants are to support arts activity to be delivered in the National Forest and are 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.

We welcome and encourage applications from those who are underrepresented in the creative and environmental sectors, including but not limited to, Black, Asian and ethnically diverse people, individuals with Disabilities and LGBTQ+ individuals.


Furnace Fables
Furnace Fables by Ian Douglas and Jo Douglas, supported by a National Forest Arts Grant, 2022. Photo by Darren Creswell


How to apply:

The deadline for applying is 5pm Tuesday 20 December 2022. Please take a thorough read through the Information and Criteria for Applicants before completing the National Forest Arts Grants Application Form and the Diversity Monitoring Form, available below.

Applications should be sent to:

Jo Maker

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.