Frequently asked questions on the Grants for the arts fund.
Why is Grants for the arts changing?
We want Grants for the arts to keep providing small grants, supporting emerging talent and making a difference at grass roots level. A new, streamlined process will allow us to continue to do this as our new structure emerges, as part of our organisational review. The changes will enable us to continue to deliver this funding in a way that works for applicants and is efficient to run.
What has changed?
The threshold for small grants has been raised from £10,000 to £15,000, and we are making changes to the application process and the way we make decisions.
We are not changing the aims or eligibility criteria of the programme.
Who will be affected by the changes?
The changes will affect anyone applying to Grants for the arts from 1 July 2013 onwards and will have no negative impact on success rates for applicants.
Anyone currently working on a Grants for the arts application should continue to work on the application and will need to submit it by 5pm on Wednesday 26 June 2013.
If you are unable to submit your application by 5pm on Wednesday 26 June 2013, you will need to wait and submit on 1 July 2013, using the new application form.
Why have you increased the threshold for small grants from £10,000 to £15,000?
We know how important small grants are to individual artists, in promoting emerging talent and making a real difference at a grass roots level. We are committed to getting this valuable funding to as many people as possible and will invest more money to get more small grants to more people.
How is the application form changing?
The new application form will ask focused, directive questions relating to artistic quality, public engagement, management and finance. The number of questions, and depth of information requested will increase in line with the value of the application.