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.

Where the money goes

Over the next three years we’ll invest £210 million in Grants for the Arts, our open-access funding programme – that’s £70 million of Lottery funding each year until 2018.

Six hundred and sixty-three arts organisations in our national portfolio will receive £1 billion over the next three years and the money we invest in museums will be increased by £1.1 million to £22.6 million.

We’ll be investing £104 million in our strategic funding programme to help us target particular challenges, opportunities or funding gaps that will help us to create arts and culture experiences for everyone, everywhere.

Investment that will support artistic ambition, strengthen cultural ecology and enrich our communities  Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England

Our investment 2015–18

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

Major Partner Museums

We’re investing in 21 museums to help build resilience and close partnerships with other funders and cross-sector bodies to make best use of the resources available

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Grants for the Arts

Our open access funding programme gives the opportunity to nurture fresh talent, support individual artists, communities and cultural organisations

Maudits Sonnants by Transe Express Company at Birmingham Weekender 2015. Photo © Andrew Fox / Birmingham Weekender

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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. Beamish, The Living Museum of the North. Photo © Joel Fildes 3. The Revenge of Mr Trout! by TongueTied Theatre. Photo © Kyle Davies / TongueTied Theatre. 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. Maudits Sonnants by Transe Express Company at Birmingham Weekender 2015. Photo © Andrew Fox / Birmingham Weekender 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.