We have designed Grants for the arts to allow us to make fair decisions. We are also committed to being open and honest with you about how we appraise your application.
From the 1 July 2013 we will make changes to the way we process applications:
Applications for £15,000 and under
If your application is eligible, we will carry out a risk check that looks at how realistic and achievable your budget and management plans are. If we consider any aspects of your activity's management or finances to be high risk, we cannot process it any further and it will not be funded. All applications that are eligible and have passed the basic risk check are recommended for funding, with final decisions made in weekly Area meetings.
Applications for over £15,000
If your application is eligible, we will carry out a risk check that looks at how realistic and achievable your budget and management plans are. We will complete an appraisal, scoring applications against the four criteria: quality, engagement, finance and management.
For complete details, please read the information sheet, 'Understanding the appraisal process'.
If you are not happy with the way we dealt with your application, please contact us and we will discuss this with you. If you are still unhappy, you can ask us for a copy of our complaints procedure.
Please note that you can only complain if you believe we have not followed our published procedures when processing your application. You cannot appeal against the decision.