Arts and creativity

Arts and creativity

Through creative expression we want to encourage new audiences to explore and engage with nature and the Forest, that's why we want to work with and support arts organisations, creative groups and practitioners to develop initiatives that are inspired by the National Forest.

Why support arts and creativity?

Supporting arts and creativity is crucial for fostering connections with woodlands and the wider National Forest. Not everyone feels confident accessing outdoor spaces, but through creative expression, we can encourage new audiences to explore, engage with, and appreciate nature. Art provides a universal language that surpasses barriers, inspiring curiosity and appreciation for the natural world.

Available advice 

Our team is always happy to discuss ideas for potential projects and how these can connect to the National Forest.

Apply for funding

Arts Grants of up to £3,000 are available to support the National Forest creative community to develop and pilot new projects inspired by the National Forest.

Applications are welcome from artists, creative practitioners, arts organisations and community groups that are based within the National Forest or that can demonstrate an existing connection to the National Forest through previous experience of working with communities, organisations or sites within the area.

The grant application window is normally open between the end of October to December for project delivery between February and September, but you can register your interest in advance by using our application form.

Apply for a grant

Have questions?

If you're not sure yet whether you can apply for our grants or are simply looking for some advice, then feel free to get in touch. 

Get in touch

Find out more about our vision for arts and creativity in the National Forest.


National Forest Small Grants

We believe we can cultivate change, one project at a time. Some projects may not easily fit into our existing grant schemes but are still bringing about positive change. We've created a small grants fund to help support inspiring projects and ideas that engage communities and visitors and help to grow sustainable businesses in the Forest. 

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Let's transform this place

If you would like to speak to one of our expert advisors or arrange a call for them to visit you, then get in touch through our grant enquiry form.

Apply for a grant

More ways to help

Plant trees

If you're an individual who would like to plant trees, then why not join us at one of our tree planting events or dedicate a tree or grove. 

Become a corporate partner

If you are a business outside the National Forest boundary but would still like to contribute to growing a greener future, then consider becoming a corporate partner.