We fund arts activities that engage people in England, or that help artists and arts organisations carry out their work.
We work to get great art to everyone by championing, developing and investing in artistic experiences that enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections.
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Information for funded organisations
Useful information for organisations in receipt of Arts Council funding.
Our investment in the arts and culture
Between 2011 and 2015, we will invest £1.4 billion of public money from government and an estimated £1 billion from the National Lottery. Find out how this money is invested, including information on our funding programmes and why we value the arts.
Funded project case studies
We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. View our funded project case studies.
Other sources of arts funding
Find out more about other sources of arts funding.
Two new business systems to save costs and time
The Arts Council is changing its grant management and financial system. We think this step will save costs and make it much easier to apply for grants from us.
Our new grant management system will go live for applications in October 2014 and for payments and monitoring by April 2015. When the new system is in place, all current and future recipients of funding from the Arts Council will need to apply for funding or submit monitoring and payment information by logging into the system and creating a user account.
The new system will help the Arts Council to make even better informed investment decisions by providing easier access to the data we capture. We will also be able to respond to information requests more efficiently, freeing up our time to focus on other priorities.
Once created, user accounts will negate the need for applicants to keep inputting standing data such as legal documents each time they apply for funding as these fields will be pre-populated.
Users will also be able to control their own information, keeping the Arts Council up to date with relevant information and checking to see the progress of grant applications or grant payments.