Spirit of Achievement Arts & Culture Challenge Fund


Spirit of 2012 is an independent Trust, established with a £47m endowment from the Big Lottery Fund to ensure the spirit that radiated from the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics Games is felt across the UK.

Grants of between £100,000 and £250,000 are available to charities, voluntary and community organisations, social enterprises, and community interest companies to create opportunities to enable disabled people to participate in arts and cultural activities, individually and with their families. Disability covers those with physical disabilities, learning disabilities, mental health problems and long term life-limiting conditions. Arts and cultural activities is meant in the broadest sense and can include visual art, craft, writing and literature, music, dance and performance arts.

Projects should:

  • provide opportunities for disabled and non-disabled people (particularly families) to participate in activities together
  • provide regular and sustained opportunities for participation (not one off activities)
  • provide opportunities for disabled and non-disabled people to volunteer together to deliver those activities
  • provide disabled and non-disabled volunteers with training and skills that both ensure a high quality volunteering experience and boost employability
  • address a clearly identified and evidenced need, reflecting current public health priorities and including the views of potential beneficiaries
  • set out a clear vision of how the project will make a difference beyond the life of Spirit’s funding.

The deadline for applications is 20 April (9.00am). Full details can be found on the Spirit of 2012 website