Arcadia Fund: Grants for Visual Arts

OVERVIEW: The Arcadia Fund supports museums, archives and universities in its visual arts grantmaking.  

IP TAKE: This funder awards visual arts grants focuses on preserving endangered cultures and heritage.  

PROFILE: Based in London, the Arcadia Fund was founded by Lisbet and Peter Baldwin in 2002 and supports “[c]harities and scholarly institutions to preserve cultural heritage, protect the environment and promote open access.” The fund’s visual arts grantmaking supports project such as “[r]ecord manuscripts and archives, archaeological sites, artifacts and cultural and religious traditions at risk of being lost.”  

Arcadia’s cultural themed grants can be rather sizable, ranging anywhere from $150,000 to over $16 million. Past grantees in this space include the British Museum, which received funding for its Endangered Knowledge program; and the Palestinian Museum, which received a grant for its audio-visual archive of Palestinian History. To get a broader sense of the types of organizations Arcadia supports, explore its searchable grant directory

The Arcadia Fund does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.


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