On 1 July 2013 the application and assessment process for Grants for the arts changed in order to help us streamline our investment process. The changes included:
- The threshold for small grants - this has been raised from £10,000 to £15,000
- The application process
- The way we appraise applications
- The way we make decisions
The changes mean that more of the Arts Council's time is spent providing a range of development and pre-application support to applicants. We hope this will raise the number of new applicants to the programme and the quality of applications. The changes will have no negative impact on success rates for applicants.
Grants for the arts continues to be our open application funding programme allowing us to respond to new ideas and new talent.
Why are the changes happening?
As a result of the Government's requirement that the Arts Council cuts its administrative costs, we have reviewed how we work. Despite reduced resources we remain an intelligent and collaborative investor, leading growth and ambition in the sector, and being accountable for public money. See full details of the organisation review.
Grants for the arts supports arts activities that engage people in England and help artists and arts organisations to carry out their work. It is our open access programme that allows us to keep supporting emerging talent and make a difference at grass roots level.
The aims and eligibility criteria of the programme have not changed, so there is no change to the type of activity you can apply for. Find out more about eligibility criteria for Grants for the arts.
The application process
We have made changes to the application process and the way we make decisions. The changes will enable us to deliver Grants for the arts in a way that works for applicants and is efficient to run. In addition we have raised the threshold for small grants from £10,000 to £15,000. This will allow us to get more small grants to more people.
More information on these changes can be found on our FAQs page.