How and where we invest public money

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We invest money from Government and the National Lottery to support arts and culture across England. Explore this page to find out how.

See our funding opportunities and apply here >

Where the money goes

Every year until 2018 we’ll invest:

  • £333 million in 663 arts organisations in our National Portfolio
  • £70 million of Lottery funding in Grants for the Arts, our open-access funding programme
  • £7.5 million in museums
  • £34.7 million in our strategic funding programme, targeting particular opportunities or funding gaps to create arts and culture experiences for everyone, everywhere

 

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Grants for the Arts

Our open access funding programme supports fresh talent, individual artists, communities and organisations

Beamish, The Living Museum of the North. Photo © Joel Fildes

Major Partner Museums

When investing in museums, we work with other funders and sector bodies to make best use of the resources available

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Funding finder

Explore our funding programmes and find out how to apply

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Top left to bottom right: 1. New Vic Theatre's 2015 production of Dracula. Photo © Andrew Billington / New Vic Theatre 2. The Revenge of Mr Trout! by TongueTied Theatre. Photo © Kyle Davies / TongueTied Theatre. 3. Beamish, The Living Museum of the North. Photo © Joel Fildes 4. Plymouth Music Zone participants making music. Photo © Plymouth Music Zone / Kevin Clifford. 5. The Company of Wolves by Burn The Curtain based on the stories by Angela Carter. Image © Theo Moye 6. Grass Men Bristol Biennial 2014. Photo © Ashley Peevor 7. Scattered by Motionhouse. Photo © Chris Nash / Motionhouse 8. Gecko Theatre: Institute. Photo © Richard Haughton 9. Artificial Things by Stopgap Dance Company © Photo Chris Parkes 10. Plymouth Music Zone participants making music. Photo © Plymouth Music Zone / Kevin Clifford 11. David Glowacki's 'Hidden Fields'. Photo © Paul Blakemore / Interactive Scientific Ltd.