Arts and culture funding

Arts and culture funding

Information about arts and culture funding and how to apply.

COVID-19 business support

Visit our COVID-19 information for businesses page for advice and support. 

This is to help organisations, sole traders and freelancers.

COVID-19 event planning support

For information on how to apply for Site Permissions to hold an event in Bristol please visit EventApp Bristol City Council.  

For information on making your events and activities COVID secure, visit our Advice for supporting outdoor events.

Possible extension to Openness and Imagination funds

The current grants agreement for the Cultural Investment Programme may be extended to 31 March 2023.

This will be discussed by the Council Cabinet in June 2021.

If approved, the next rounds of Imagination and Openness will open for new applications in 2022 for activity starting in 2023.

General arts funding

Types of funding: 2018 to 2022

There are 3 funds available through our 2018 to 2022 Cultural Investment Programme:

  • Originators
  • Imagination
  • Openness

Find out more about all the funds in the Cultural Investment Programme Prospectus (pdf, 425KB) (opens new window) .


Find out more about the 18 projects supported by the Originators Fund 2021 to 2022 (pdf, 206KB) (opens new window)

Updates for 2020 funding

Originators 20/21 was delayed in March 2020 due to COVID-19. The funding has now been released: January 2021.  

Applicants selected for funding have been notified, and have an extended deadline of March 2022 for project delivery.

Find out about the projects previously supported with Originators funding.


Find out about the 12 current and 15 previously funded projects being supported with Imagination funding.


Find out about the 17 organisations being supported with Openness funding. 

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Contact information

Arts and Events Team

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

Queens Road

Bristol, BS8 1RL