Dying Matters Community Grants Programme

From photography to performance art; installations to an invitation to passers-by to share their story of grief – whatever your idea,  Dying Matters Community Grants Programme want to hear from you.

At Dying Matters, they believe that conversations start in communities. We all know that the difficult bit is getting the conversation started – and that’s why, through the new community grants programme, they are looking for new and creative ways to spark those important conversations.

Deadline for submissions 21st Feb 2022.


The grants are aimed at community-led arts and culture projects, with a focus on equality and inclusion, and which approach the subject of dying in an innovative or creative way. They are looking for activities which take place in communities, outside of formal healthcare settings, which help make it easier for people to talk about death and dying.

The fund welcome applications from communities arts and culture groups, as well as organisations who want to use arts or culture to engage their service users or audience. Applicants will need to:

  • Demonstrate that they reach defined groups who are less likely to be reached by hospice care and the Dying Matters Campaign
  • Demonstrate how proposed project will approach the subject of death in an innovative and culturally relevant way through arts and culture.
  • Be registered charity, a Charitable Incorporate Organisation (CIO) or Community Interet Company (CIC)
  • Commit to providing a statement of use of funds, relevant monitoring and evaluation feedback, and communications and campaigns collateral (photos, video, etc)


  • Small workshop grants up to £999
  • Project grants between £1,000 and £5,000

You can apply for the amount that you need for your project. Larger grants would enable larger scale community projects such as theatre production, photography exhibition or community mural. Smaller grants would enable and encourage smaller organisations to apply to run smaller scale workshop activities, such as one-off workshops of poetry, singing or art.

You will find out if you are successful in your application by 31st March 2022.

Your project should be completed by the end of 2022.


Want a few ideas of the kind of things that these grants can fund? Here are a few – but don’t worry if you have another idea, these are just some suggestions.

An installation in a public place that people can add to as they go by; a spoken work workshop with a young person’s group; a theatre production; a photography exhibition; a roving installation; composing a song or sketch with a group; crafting or puppet making with young people or children with disabilities; a piece of dance or drama responding by Dying Matter themes; a literary reading or library workshop; a comedy workshop or mosaic project; an audience generated interactive compilation of poetry or photography; outdoor performing arts workshops or performance;

This list is not exhaustive so if you don’t see anything like your project, than don’t worry. If you have any further questions, then email info[at] with the subject line ‘Dying Matter Community Grants Programme’

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