Grant Applications

The Patricia Fay Memorial Fund is now open for grant applications.

Please read the guidance sheet that is appropriate for you as this contains all the questions you need to answer and a worked example to help you in your application.

Please note that you must be logged into the members’ area if you are applying on behalf of a NADFAS Society or Area.

We advise you to create your application in Word following the guidance notes and then copy and paste it into the online form. This will allow you to edit the application and check word counts much more easily. 

You can save your application and return to it at a later date. You can also navigate back and forward in the online form. 

Please note: We now only accept online applications to make the process easier and more efficient for all so there is no longer a form that you can download and print off.

Deadlines for 2017


For NADFAS Societies and Areas: Closing dates for grant applications for £400 and under are:

  • 6 January 2017
  • 31 March 2017
  • 9 June 2017
  • 29 September 2017

For NADFAS Societies and Areas: Closing dates for grant applications for over £400 and up to £5,000 are:

  • 31 March 2017
  • 29 September 2017

For external applicants: Closing dates for grants up to £5,000 are:

  • 31 March 2017
  • 29 September 2017.

Who can apply? 

  • NADFAS Societies / Areas
  • External organisations can apply as long as they are not-for-profit organisations. If you did not apply in the Autumn 2016 round of grants then please click on the link at the bottom of this page to register and we will be in touch about next steps.

Who cannot apply?

  • Individuals
  • Overseas organisations excepting NADFAS Societies in Europe and the ROW
  • Charitable appeals or endowment funds.

What are the criteria?

Your project or activity must have an arts and/or heritage focus (this is an essential criteria). 

It must also meet one or more of the following criteria:-

  • Reaching out to new audiences
  • Delivering high standards
  • Encouraging public engagement 
  • Investing in specialist skills
  • Working through partnerships
  • Promoting well-being, fun and friendship.

NB. We expect to see evidence of match funding for your project or activity (not applicable for bursaries, scholarships, apprenticeships, internships).

What can you not apply for?

  • Spending on building projects (see FAQs for definition)
  • Core and operational costs 
  • Any project that has been completed
  • Grants above £5,000.

Download an information sheet on finding alternative funding below.

Downloadable file: 

PDF icon Information sheet on grants

If you are applying for an external grant for the first time Please click here to register for a grant application


Grants resources


Application guidance notes for external organisations

Application guidance notes for bursaries, scholarships, apprenticeships or internships grant applications

Application guidance notes for Societies and Areas

Grant giving

Other useful information

Previous grants

In 2013 the NADFAS Grants Committee awarded over £96,000 to local NADFAS Societies and to organisations and individuals involved in arts education and heritage conservation.


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