Cockayne - Grants for the Arts

Applications to the 2020 & 2021 grant rounds have now closed and projects are under consideration. Opening/closing dates for applications to the next 2022 grant round will be announced  at the beginning of 2021.


In common with many organisations, the Board, Officers and Executive Director of Cockayne have been monitoring the Corona virus situation, its implications for the arts and cultural landscape and discussing the best ways forward to support the arts community during these challenging times. As a result, Cockayne would like to state the following:

1. Cockayne aims to be as supportive as possible to arts groups during this challenging time and would like to reassure existing grantees that the foundation will be as flexible as possible with regard to projects impacted by the pandemic.

2. The current 2020 Cockayne Grants for the Arts round was in the mid-assessment phase when Covid-19  struck. Many of those who applied to this latest grant round are now unable to proceed with their projects as scheduled and will find it difficult to predict the full impact of the pandemic on their plans until the virus has passed. Taking this, together with the current Covid-19 predictions into consideration, and in consultation with our partners at LCF, Cockayne has taken the decision to delay the current grant round announcements until the end of September 2020 at the earliest. In the meantime, we wish to invite current applicants to contact the foundation’s Executive Director, Jo Hedley, with project updates when they are able.  Where a project has been definitively cancelled, indefinitely postponed or was due to take place before the new provisional grant announcement date, the foundation advises applicants to contact Jo Hedley directly to discuss alternate options.

3. Consistent with Cockayne’s wish to be as supportive as possible to the arts community during this difficult period, the foundation is currently planning to bring its 2021 grant round forward to make more project funds available for the sector as it emerges from the Covid-19 shut-down. Dates at the moment again remain provisional but, bearing in mind the current virus predictions, Cockayne proposes to invite prospective candidates to contact the Executive Director with expressions of interest in June 2020, with the official application portal opening on the LCF website at the beginning of July and closing at the end of the same month. Applications will then be assessed in the Autumn of 2020 with a grant announcement at the end of December 2020/ beginning of January 2021. Should the 2021 grant round proceed as intended, this will mean that applications will have to be made before the results of the 2020 grant round have been announced. In order to ensure fairness, organisations who have already applied to the 2020 grant round will be free to apply with a different project to the 2021 grant round as well, or to shift their application from the 2020 to the 2021 round if this better suits their post Covid-19 planning.

4. Please check this page, and the new Cockayne website,, due to go live shortly, for any further news and variations on the above grant timetables.

Cockayne would like to extend its very best wishes to all in the cultural sector during this challenging period. Stay safe and creative, and we very much look forward to hearing about your post Covid-19 plans.

The purpose of this fund is to support art as a way of enriching life experience. Grants are focused on arts projects in London that provide opportunities to artists from diverse cultures for the creation, development, performance, or exhibition in the performing (music, opera, dance, theatre) literary, or visual arts.


Current priorities are:

  • New work or ground-breaking re-interpretations of classic repertoire that demonstrate the potential: for artistic excellence, to reach large and diverse audiences, and/or to make a significant, new contribution to the art form.
  • Art that is experimental, risk-taking, and/or engages controversial issues.
  • Projects that involve young artists.
  • Arts-related library, literacy and archiving projects

Cockayne - Grants for the Arts is open to UK arts organisations delivering proposed work in London.

Please note: Arts projects that are primarily focused on social/political advocacy, community arts and arts-education programmes are not a funding priority of Cockayne - Grants for the Arts. We do not fund digital arts projects or films, including the filming of productions. Please do not apply if your project falls into one of these categories.

Grant size

Average grants range from £1,000 to £25,000, with a few exceptional projects being considered at a higher level. Please note that:

  • Applicants should not apply for more than 20% of their overall project budget and must demonstrate clearly how additional funds for the project are to be raised.
  • Capital campaigns are also considered when improvement of the home of an arts organisation is its highest priority. Capital-campaign grants tend to be considered in the same range as programme grants.
  • Multi-year grant applications are not encouraged and are considered only very occasionally. 

How to apply

This fund is currently closed for applications. If you’d like to understand more about the fund please take a look at the guidelines for the last funding round by clicking on the buttons below or at the top right hand side of the screen. The online application form guidelines are there to help you when the fund reopens.


This fund is now closed and will re-open at a later date.

Contact details

If you have any questions about the Fund, please contact us on 020 7582 5117 or at