Art at the heart grants


The Trustees of the charity are keen to keep this initutive running but as with every charity this year, we have seen some significant reductions in our income. We are not currently ruling it out and are still looking at ways that we may make this, or a slightly reduced offering, possible. Please keep an eye on our website or social media for updates of this initiative. If you also join our newsletter you will likely hear quicker!

If you are a potential sponsor for this initutive and would like us to broker putting your money to excellent use, please do contact us. Thank you.

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


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.

One or two projects will then be selected for 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.
  • Fit within the Taunton Cultural Strategy of the Somerset West and Taunton Council, when it is released.
  • Have a defined pathway of support or progression for participants after the project ends.
  • Applicants can be individuals, groups, charities or other coalitions. Applicants will be asked to submit a budget and a financial declaration with their application.

New dates for 2021 grant applications will be released as soon as we know if it will possible to run this scheme this year, given the hit the pandemic is having on our funds…

Art at the Heart Application Form