At Dying Matters, we believe that conversations start in communities. We all know that the difficult bit is getting the conversation started – and that’s why, through our new Community Grants Programme, we are looking for new and creative ways to spark those important conversations in communities across the UK. 

The programme is due to launch soon - and in the meantime, you can find all the information you need below. 

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

A female artist paints on a wall mural

Who can apply and how much for?


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. We're 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.

We welcome applications from community arts and culture groups. 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 (see FAQs for more information)
  • Demonstrate how a proposed project will approach the subject of death in an innovative and culturally relevant way through arts and culture.
  • Be a registered charity, a Charitable Incorporate Organisation (CIO) or Community Interest Company (CIC)
  • Commit to providing a statement of use of funds, relevant monitoring and evaluation feedback, and communications and campaigns collateral (photos, video, etc)

You can apply for:

  • 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 a 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.

The programme will open in late November 2021, with the deadline for submissions on 21 February 2022. 

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

How do I know this is for my organisation?


Check out our FAQs below to see if the programme is the right one for you and your organisation.

Want a few ideas of the kinds 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 word 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 to Dying Matters themes; a literary reading or library workshop; a comedy workshop or performance addressing Dying Matters themes; community based street art or mosaic project; an audience generated interactive compilation of poetry or photography; outdoor performing arts workshop or performance;

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



Got a question about our grants programme? Check out our FAQs. 


If you have any further questions, then email with the subject line ‘Dying Matters Community Grants Programme’.