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This Getting Started conversation is with Michael Norton (he/him/they/them), Artist Support Producer at Artsadmin. Michael recaps the process of creating a Case for Support, an essential document for building sustainable funding and vision in the arts. These notes came from Show Me the Money, a Radar session hosted by Philippa Barr.

Special thanks to Philippa Barr for her ideas and support putting this together.
Read the full transcript

Quick jumps

  • 0:49 – What is a Case for Support?
  • 2:32 – Step One: Who Are You?
  • 3:08 – Step Two: What Have You Accomplished?
  • 4:23 – Step Three: What is Your Vision for the Future
  • 5:47 – Step Four: Why does Your Work Matter?
  • 7:46 – Step Five: What are Your Financial and Operational Goals?

Music by Bensound

Useful links to funding sources

Compiled Michael Norton (he/him/they/them), Artist Support Producer at Artsadmin.

Funding sources for individual artists

Edge Fund
Jerwood Arts
Elephant Trust
Arts and Humanities Research Council
Arts Council England
Arts Council Northern Ireland
Arts Council Wales
British Council
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Creative Scotland
Esmée Fairbairn
Henry Moore Foundation
Jerwood Charitable Foundation
Paul Hamlyn Foundation
PRS for music foundation
Unlimited – support for disabled artists
Wellcome Trust

Trusts directories and online subscriptions

Note: these are mostly paid subscriptions and for registered charities and Community Interest Organisations, but it’s good research to do!
Funds Online(subscription-based database of over 8000 funders)
Grant Finder (Subscription-based European grants database)
Charity Commission website (resource to find all registered charities in the UK)
Candid (American Trusts information, including Grants for Individuals. Mostly subscription-based.)
Association of Charitable Foundations – organisation of 360 foundations in the UK supporting grant-making foundations and charities
Arts Council England – a range of funds available for small to large scale arts projects in England
National Lottery Fund – funding from across the UK for projects in arts, sport, heritage, charity, voluntary, health, education and environmental sectors – free resource for under £100k charities, volunteer organisations or social enterprises
Most major trusts have their own websites. To find these look at Association of Charitable Foundations or Charities Direct. – subscription-based service for charities and organisations to find sustainable funding sources

Crowd Funding


Individual Giving platforms