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Welcome to our open funding programmes page. Select a category that applies to you below, or click the links on the left of this page, to find out more about all our funding programmes that are currently open for application. 

Artists and creative professionals

Artists' international development fund

Key dates: 

5pm Friday 16 January 2015

Total fund: £750,000

Maximum grant: £5,000

Priority areas:

Developing talent ?

Supporting artists and creative individuals to develop their talent is vital to the future success of arts and culture.

Areas:

International

The Artists' international development programme is a £750,000 fund, jointly funded by the British Council and Arts Council England.

The programme offers early stage development opportunities for individual freelance and self employed artists based in England to spend time building links with artists, organisations and/or creative producers in another country.

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Grants for the arts

Key dates: 

Rolling deadlines 2012-2015

Total fund: £202 million

Maximum grant: £100,000

Priority areas:

Developing talent ?

Supporting artists and creative individuals to develop their talent is vital to the future success of arts and culture.

Areas:

National

Grants for the arts are for activities carried out over a set period and which engage people in England in arts activities, and help artists and arts organisations in England carry out their work. 

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Strategic touring programme

Key dates: 

 

You can apply at any time but to be considered for a particular funding round, apply by the following dates:

Friday 31 January 2014, Friday 2 May 2014, Friday 27 June 2014, Friday 29 August 2014, Friday 24 October 2014, Friday 9 January 2015

Funding decisions made:

Monday 24 March 2014, Monday 23 June 2014, Monday 18 August 2014, Monday 20 October 2014, Monday 15 December 2014, Monday 2 March 2015

Total fund: £45 million

Maximum grant: No maximum

Priority areas:

Touring ?

Help us achieve our goal of more people in England experiencing and be inspired by the arts.

Areas:

National

The £45 million Strategic touring programme was launched in 2011 and is designed to encourage collaboration between organisations, so that more people across England experience and are inspired by the arts, particularly in places which rely on touring for much of their arts provision.

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Libraries

Grants for the arts Libraries fund

Key dates: 

Rolling deadlines 2012-2015

Total fund: £6 million

Maximum grant: £100,000

Priority areas:

Libraries ?

The Arts Council's vision for libraries is that they inspire and empower people to lead active lives, enriched through cultural experience. The Arts Council is working with libraries to explore a vision for arts and culture working together.

Areas:

National

The Grants for the arts Libraries fund will invest £6 million of the Arts Council's Grants for the arts National Lottery money in projects delivered by public libraries or library authorities working in partnership with cultural organisations, across all art forms.

It is hoped that the Grants for the arts Libraries fund will inspire ambitious, innovative partnerships between libraries and arts organisations, and encourage library users and those living locally to take part in artistic and cultural activities.

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Strategic touring programme

Key dates: 

 

You can apply at any time but to be considered for a particular funding round, apply by the following dates:

Friday 31 January 2014, Friday 2 May 2014, Friday 27 June 2014, Friday 29 August 2014, Friday 24 October 2014, Friday 9 January 2015

Funding decisions made:

Monday 24 March 2014, Monday 23 June 2014, Monday 18 August 2014, Monday 20 October 2014, Monday 15 December 2014, Monday 2 March 2015

Total fund: £45 million

Maximum grant: No maximum

Priority areas:

Touring ?

Help us achieve our goal of more people in England experiencing and be inspired by the arts.

Areas:

National

The £45 million Strategic touring programme was launched in 2011 and is designed to encourage collaboration between organisations, so that more people across England experience and are inspired by the arts, particularly in places which rely on touring for much of their arts provision.

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Museums

Grants for the arts

Key dates: 

Rolling deadlines 2012-2015

Total fund: £202 million

Maximum grant: £100,000

Priority areas:

Developing talent ?

Supporting artists and creative individuals to develop their talent is vital to the future success of arts and culture.

Areas:

National

Grants for the arts are for activities carried out over a set period and which engage people in England in arts activities, and help artists and arts organisations in England carry out their work. 

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Strategic touring programme

Key dates: 

 

You can apply at any time but to be considered for a particular funding round, apply by the following dates:

Friday 31 January 2014, Friday 2 May 2014, Friday 27 June 2014, Friday 29 August 2014, Friday 24 October 2014, Friday 9 January 2015

Funding decisions made:

Monday 24 March 2014, Monday 23 June 2014, Monday 18 August 2014, Monday 20 October 2014, Monday 15 December 2014, Monday 2 March 2015

Total fund: £45 million

Maximum grant: No maximum

Priority areas:

Touring ?

Help us achieve our goal of more people in England experiencing and be inspired by the arts.

Areas:

National

The £45 million Strategic touring programme was launched in 2011 and is designed to encourage collaboration between organisations, so that more people across England experience and are inspired by the arts, particularly in places which rely on touring for much of their arts provision.

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Organisations

Exceptional awards

Key dates: 

All projects must start before 31 March 2015.

Total fund: N/A

Maximum grant: N/A

Priority areas:

Business models and management ?

Strengthens business models in the arts and helps arts organisations to diversify their income streams, including the encouragement of private giving

Children and young people ?

Every child and young person to have the opportunity to experience the richness of the arts.

Developing talent ?

Supporting artists and creative individuals to develop their talent is vital to the future success of arts and culture.

Digital innovation and creative media ?

Encompasses a wide range of activities that are enabled by digital technology, including creative practice, audience engagement and marketing, technological innovation, new business models and distribution

Diversity ?

Address the legal, moral, ethical and business cases that underpin our commitment to equalities. This is the recognition that artistic excellence relies on the richness and innovation that diversity brings.

Engaging Audiences ?

We will encourage our funded organisations to be even more focused on audiences - to reach more people, to broaden audiences, and to improve the quality and depth of audience experience.

Touring ?

Help us achieve our goal of more people in England experiencing and be inspired by the arts.

Workforce Development ?

With our cultural and other strategic partners, we will champion the benefits of a more diverse workforce to the arts.

Areas:

National

We have decided to make a very few Exceptional awards of more than £50,000 to fund projects that do not fit into existing Arts Council funding routes, but that make a significant additional contribution to helping us deliver our strategic vision of Great art and culture for everyone, through at least one of our five goals. 

 

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Grants for the arts

Key dates: 

Rolling deadlines 2012-2015

Total fund: £202 million

Maximum grant: £100,000

Priority areas:

Developing talent ?

Supporting artists and creative individuals to develop their talent is vital to the future success of arts and culture.

Areas:

National

Grants for the arts are for activities carried out over a set period and which engage people in England in arts activities, and help artists and arts organisations in England carry out their work. 

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International Showcasing

Key dates: 

Expressions of interest to be received by 9 February 2015, full applications to be received by 20 April 2015.

Total fund: £4.5m

Maximum grant: £50,000 - £300,000

Priority areas:

Developing talent ?

Supporting artists and creative individuals to develop their talent is vital to the future success of arts and culture.

Areas:

International

This fund is available for producers and curators focused on international market development – placing new work from England before international promoters, bookers and co-commissioners.

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Re:Imagine India

Key dates: 

Deadline for applications: 12 March 2015

Total fund: £1.5m

Maximum grant: £15,000 - £100,000

Priority areas:

Developing talent ?

Supporting artists and creative individuals to develop their talent is vital to the future success of arts and culture.

Areas:

International

Re:Imagine India is a joint project between Arts Council England and the British Council, supporting artistic exchange and collaboration between artists, arts organisations and museums in India and England. Re-Imagine India is part of Arts Council’s lottery investment in International work during 2015-18, which focuses on cultural export and exchange.

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Research Grants Programme

Key dates: 

The deadline for Round One of this grant is 5pm on Thursday 12 March 2015.

Total fund: £700,000

Maximum grant: £50,000 - £100,000 per year

Priority areas:

Research and data ?

Our national research programme explores questions across artforms and regions, building collective knowledge and supporting the development of effective policy. Find out more: www.artscouncil.org.uk/what-we-do/research-and-data/

Areas:

National

The Research grants programme seeks to build our collective knowledge and deepen our understanding of the impact of arts and culture and to promote greater collaboration and co-operation between the arts and cultural sector and research partners.

The application must be a joint collaboration between an arts and/or cultural organisation and a research partner. The arts and/or cultural organisation must be the lead applicant.

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Strategic touring programme

Key dates: 

 

You can apply at any time but to be considered for a particular funding round, apply by the following dates:

Friday 31 January 2014, Friday 2 May 2014, Friday 27 June 2014, Friday 29 August 2014, Friday 24 October 2014, Friday 9 January 2015

Funding decisions made:

Monday 24 March 2014, Monday 23 June 2014, Monday 18 August 2014, Monday 20 October 2014, Monday 15 December 2014, Monday 2 March 2015

Total fund: £45 million

Maximum grant: No maximum

Priority areas:

Touring ?

Help us achieve our goal of more people in England experiencing and be inspired by the arts.

Areas:

National

The £45 million Strategic touring programme was launched in 2011 and is designed to encourage collaboration between organisations, so that more people across England experience and are inspired by the arts, particularly in places which rely on touring for much of their arts provision.

Find out more