Engage micro grants programme

Ten micro grants of £500 and ten micro grants of £1000 will be made for grant activity which takes place between 27 January and 22 March 2021. The grant is to enable them to try new ways of working, to adapt working practices or to develop existing plans.

Deadline: Monday 18th January 2021

Open Until:

Posted: 10/03/2022

Engage has received generous support through the Cultural Recovery Fund administered by Arts Council England and Paul Hamlyn Foundation for core costs and sector support. As a result, we are delighted to offer small grants for individual and organisational members of Engage between £500-£1000 and will be announcing training in January. Activity in England is supported through the Cultural Recovery Fund. Activity in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

The closing date for applications is 10am on Monday 18 January 2021.

You can find out more about becoming an Engage member at engage.org/membership

How can I spend a micro grant?

In order for Engage to respond to the needs of its members, the micro grants will support self-determined activity which members feel is critical to support and develop their practice within learning and engagement in the visual arts at this time. Examples of activity which the micro grant could be spent on include:

  • creation of a online art resource or creative art resource for home use;
  • extending the use of an existing online art resource or creative art resource for home use;
  • evaluating the use of an existing online art resource or creative art resource for home use;
  • commissioning a freelance artist or educator to deliver an arts activity;
  • working with a freelance artist or educator to try out a new way of working;
  • subscriptions or equipment to adapt your practice;
  • operational adaptations to enable covid secure practice;
  • supporting the wellbeing of your staff and colleagues.

What is involved in accepting a micro grant?

  • Successful applicants will be notified by Wednesday 27 January.
  • You will need to spend the micro grant between 27 January and 22 March 2021 and any grant activity should take place between these dates.
  • Grant recipients may claim a payment for 70% of the grant value on acceptance, with a second payment of 30% due on completion of the grant activity, evaluation and a statement of expenditure. Proof of expenditure must be provided in order for the final payment to be made.
  • We plan to make payments within two weeks of submission of invoices.
  • You will be need to complete a sharing practice template, describing the grant activity and how it has benefitted your work, including documentation if relevant. Responses from all micro grant recipients will be collated to create a sharing practice resource to disseminate information to the wider sector.
  • You will need to complete a short evaluation form to share your learning and feedback in relation to the micro grant.
  • If your micro grant will be spent on activity which involves engaging children, young people and/or vulnerable adults, you will need to provide a copy the safeguarding policy for your organisation, or for yourself as a freelance lone provider.
  • Any unspent grants will need to be paid back within 14 days.

Things to consider


If you have any queries about the micro grants please email Alison Unsworth, Creative Producer at Engage, at creativeproducer@engage.org

How to apply for a micro grant

Please complete the application form using the form below.

In order to complete the form you will need to prepare the following information:

  • Tell us about yourself / your organisation and the work you do (maximum 150 words)
  • Tell us how you propose to spend the micro grant to enable you to try new ways of working, to adapt working practices or to develop existing plans (maximum 300 words)
  • Tell us how this will benefit your practice or your organisation (maximum 300 words)
  • Provide an outline budget for how you will spend the micro grant

We would like to thank the Paul Hamlyn Foundation for their support; Arts Council England for their continued support, and the DCMS and HM Treasury for making the grant for the Cultural Recovery Fund possible.

"Just to say a huge thanks ... I am looking forward to progressing with this project thanks to your support, advice and guidance"

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