Art at the heart grants

Applications are now closed.

An important part of Arts Taunton’s mission is to promote the arts for public benefit. As part of this work, we introduced a programme of arts collaboration called ‘Art at the Heart’.


The trustees of Arts Taunton are delighted to be able to announce that the Art at the Heart Grants are now available for 2021!

We have been working hard behind the scenes to secure the funding for this very important initiative and our thanks go out to Somerset West and Taunton Council for their generous support. And so, we are pleased to announce that we are open for applications NOW!

Arts Taunton is doing a call-out for arts projects, which, as an umbrella arts organisation for Taunton, it can support. Project ideas can be submitted by anyone within the community via a simple online form (below). Submissions from applicants will be reviewed against the criteria below.
Projects will then be selected by the Board of Trustees of Arts Taunton. Arts Taunton will fund up to 50% of the cost of the chosen project(s), up to a total contribution of £4,000 per project.

Application criteria

Projects should:

  • Fill a need for arts provision in our community.
  • Not be focused solely on the young (5-25) as this group is the focus of Tyca, our youth arts festival.
  • Be a compelling and sustainable project.
  • Build engagement with culture in areas of Taunton where there is low provision or take-up.
  • Put people at the centre of the process.
  • Propose entirely new work, or the development or widening of an existing initiative.
  • Applicants can be individuals, groups, charities or other coalitions.
  • Applicants will be asked to submit a budget and a financial declaration with their application.
  • All projects must be completed within one year of the grant being allocated unless agreed otherwise, in writing, by the board of Trustees of Arts Taunton.

New dates for 2021 grant applications are:

Applications in by Friday the 25 June 2021

Applicants will be informed of the decisions by the 9 July 2021

The grant payment will be issued by the 30 July, subject to the contract being agreed and signed by that date.