The Artists’ Benevolent Fund

The Artists’ Benevolent Fund (ABF) has developed a grant scheme to assist artists in developing their careers. These grants are intended to support activity which will strengthen their ability to operate as a professional artist and enable them to make a significant development in their practice or career.

The ABF has been supporting artists for over 200 years. It continues this work today and has responded to changes in the art world and society at large. The aim now is to provide support to enable artists to develop or sustain their professional careers. ABF include artists of all kinds in their remit, whether they work in traditional or new media.

ABF understand that many talented artists face difficulty in sustaining a fully professional career. You may need funds to support you to carry on your work or take an opportunity to exhibit, publish a catalogue or take on a commission. It is in such cases as these that The ABF can offer help once real professional need has been established.

The ABF is available to any person who is working in the fine arts and the applied arts or craft, as well as those working in film, video and digital media.

The key purpose of The ABF is to provide one-off support to enable artists to develop their careers. The ABF will consider applications for funding for the following:

  • Purchase of special equipment
  • Publishing an exhibition catalogue
  • Materials to complete particular work – such as a commission or exhibition
  • Travel to undertake specific research – such as for an exhibition or project
  • Photography – e.g. for a publication
  • Preparation of work – e.g. for exhibition
  • Realising a commission where additional funds are required

PLEASE NOTE: Evidence must be provided of the confirmed exhibition, commission or opportunity.

The ABF will consider applications for grants of £2,000 to £5,000. The majority of grants are likely to be in the region of £2,000 to £3,000.

In your application please evidence your commitment to your artistic practice, through career achievements such as exhibitions, commissions, publications etc. Only professional artists will be considered and trustees will wish to see evidence that the applicant has an on-going career as an artist.

For more information about The Artists’ Benevolent Fund, full application guidelines and details of how to apply, please visit The ABF website.