Grants – how to apply

Arts Network Sutton are keen to support initiatives that have a digital or blended approach to engagement of audiences in Sutton. We see the current COVID-19 situation as an opportunity for artists and groups to develop and disseminate their practice using online and digital methods in ways that can access audiences which may have previously been hard to reach. We will also fund face-to-face activities that can safely take place under guidelines which are current at the time of the project taking place (i.e. social distancing, test and trace etc.).

We currently run two rounds of funding in a calendar year – with application deadlines of 5pm on March 31st and 5pm on September 30th.

Any funded activity must follow government guidelines and all successful applicants will be asked to provide detailed relevant risk assessments for both online and face-to-face activity.

This next round will be for activity taking place between May 2021 and September 2021.


ANS offers small grants to Full Members (either Group, Individual, or Commercial) of the Network, who can demonstrate a minimum of 6 months continuous membership at the time of applying. Friends of Arts Network Sutton are not currently eligible to apply for a grant. Grants are made available to fund arts activity in the Borough and the maximum award is £1,000.

What ANS will fund:

  • Events that engage the local community in high quality arts activity as audience or participants.
  • Arts projects that involve collaboration and/or partnership working with local artists and organisations.
  • Projects or activities that diversify access to arts in Sutton and encourage inclusivity.
  • Creative activities that increase the wellbeing of Sutton residents.
  • Creative activities that help to address one or more local need.
  • Activity that can take place in line with current government guidance.


What ANS won’t fund:

  • Organisations directly funded by the London Borough of Sutton (this does not include grant funding)
  • The core costs or running costs of an organisation
  • Commercial ventures
  • Capital costs (buildings and equipment)
  • Events where proceeds go to charity.
  • Where, in the view of the panel, there is already adequate financial provision
  • An organisation with significant unrestricted reserves
  • Proposals that do not benefit the arts in the Borough
  • Political parties, lobbying and campaigning
  • Promotion of religion
  • An individual’s education
  • Applications from individuals or groups who are not a member of Arts Network Sutton

Repeat Funding:

ANS members can apply for repeat funding for a maximum of 2 years. Any applications for repeat funding will need to demonstrate match funding of at least 10%. Priority will be given to applications that show that they can use ANS funding to lever in additional funding for their project and where the ANS grant makes a significant contribution to the budget.

Crediting and Evaluation:

Successful applicants must advertise that they are supported by ANS, use the logo on all material produced in connection with the project or event, and complete an evaluation and monitoring form within two months of the event/project completion. ANS will retain 10% of the grant award until the evaluation is submitted.


The panel is made up of a small group of members of the ANS Executive.

ANS Executive members cannot receive a grant as individuals and will be required to declare any conflict of interest in group applications in which they are involved and leave the meetings.

Application deadlines are final. There are no exceptions to this so we encourage applicants to submit promptly.

Applications to be considered at following ANS exec meeting. Applicants to be notified of decision 1 week after meeting / no later than 1 month after application deadline.

Download application form here.

Download guidance on completing the application here.

Find out more about our work with arts organisations in Sutton here.

Next application deadline: - 5pm Thursday September 30th 2021

Applications to be considered at following ANS exec meeting. Applicants to be notified of decision one week after the meeting and no later than one month after the application deadline.

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Members of ANS are able to meet with like-minded creatives in the Borough at regular networking events, attend free training sessions and make applications to the ANS grant scheme.

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