Grants are available to arts organisations in the UK for projects that promote the role of creativity in the lives of people with mental health problems from ethnically diverse backgrounds.

Current Status
Open for Applications
Maximum value:
£ 60,000

Objectives of Fund

The funding is intended to allow Global Majority-led arts organisations to develop their offer of creative opportunities to people living with mental health problems.

This funding round is part of new funding for racial justice work across the Foundation’s programmes.

Value Notes

At least £500,000 is available for this round, and the Foundation anticipates that 10 or more grants may be awarded.

Grants of between £20,000 and £60,000 are available over a minimum of two years are available.

Who Can Apply

Applications will only be considered from arts organisations who meet the following criteria:

  • An established arts organisation of any kind (including museums). This could be a charity or a regulated social enterprise, such as a Community Interest Company. In this case, ‘arts organisation’ means an organisation whose primary purpose is around the arts and creativity broadly defined. Applicants working in partnership with relevant community groups and sharing resources are encouraged to apply.
  • Arts organisations that are Global Majority-led. There is no ‘official’ definition of Global Majority Communities. In this context, it will be used to mean communities that experience racism in the UK, including Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.
  • Arts organisations that have been established for at least two years with audited accounts for at least that length of time.

Although the lead applicant must be a Global Majority-led arts organisation, they may wish to partner with an organisation specialising in mental health which is not arts-focused.

Eligible Expenditure

Grants can fully or partially fund the work.

The work must take place in the UK. Although the funding cannot support work that is already funded, it can support the extension or expansion of work.

Grants should be used to provide participatory creative activities to people living with mental health problems, mostly from Global Majority communities.

It is hoped that activities contribute towards addressing the under-representation of artists from ethnically diverse backgrounds working in arts and mental health.

How To Apply

The deadline to apply is 12pm on 26 July 2022.

There will be two Zoom meetings for anyone interested in applying on 9 May 2022 and 8 June 2022.

The guidelines and full details of how to apply are available on the Baring Foundation website.