Welcome to our open funding programmes. 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

Creative Industry Finance

Key dates: 

Rolling deadlines 2012-2015

Total fund: £200,000

Maximum grant: Loans available between £5,000 and 25,000

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

Creative Economy ?

Ensuring the arts are sustainable, resilient and innovative

Areas:

London

North

Creative Industry Finance offers business development training and access to finance for small to medium-sized creative industry enterprises.

The current one-year pilot of the scheme is taking place in London and the Yorkshire and Humber regions, with a total investment of £300,000 across the two regions. 

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Grants for the arts

Key dates: 

Rolling deadlines 2012-2015

Total fund: £202 million

Maximum grant: £200,000

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 in 2013:

Friday 14 June, Friday 9 August, Friday 4 October, Friday 29 November

Funding decisions made:

Monday 5 August, Monday 30 September, Monday 25 November, Monday 27 January 2014 

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 in 2013:

Friday 14 June, Friday 9 August, Friday 4 October, Friday 29 November

Funding decisions made:

Monday 5 August, Monday 30 September, Monday 25 November, Monday 27 January 2014 

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: £200,000

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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Museum development

Key dates: 

Application deadline is 5pm Thursday 29 May 2014

Total fund: £3 million

Maximum grant: See our guidance on how much to apply for

Priority areas:

Museums ?

Arts Council England now represents museums, having assumed some of the functions of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA), on 1 October 2011.

Areas:

National

The aim of the Museum development grants programme is to ensure that a network of advice and support is available for all Accredited museums, as well as those working towards Accreditation, no matter what their size or scope, so that they can maximise their benefits to audiences and communities. The fund will support a national network of organisations that promote museum development, and will also complement existing support provided by other funding agencies, including Local Authorities.

Arts Council England invites suitably qualified organisations to bid to provide Museum development programmes across England. We are open to applications from organisations wishing to cover any geographic area. We do however need to ensure that full national coverage is achieved and that we have a manageable number of funding relationships.

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PRISM

Key dates: 

Rolling deadlines 2012-2015

Total fund: £250,000 per year

Maximum grant: £20,000

Priority areas:

Museums ?

Arts Council England now represents museums, having assumed some of the functions of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA), on 1 October 2011.

Areas:

National

The Preservation of Industrial and Scientific Material (PRISM) fund awards grants towards the costs of acquisition and conservation of items or collections which are important in the history and development of science, technology, industry, and related fields.

The PRISM fund covers England and Wales, and can offer grants of up to £20,000, or 90% of the total project costs.

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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 in 2013:

Friday 14 June, Friday 9 August, Friday 4 October, Friday 29 November

Funding decisions made:

Monday 5 August, Monday 30 September, Monday 25 November, Monday 27 January 2014 

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

Organisations

Creative Industry Finance

Key dates: 

Rolling deadlines 2012-2015

Total fund: £200,000

Maximum grant: Loans available between £5,000 and 25,000

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

Creative Economy ?

Ensuring the arts are sustainable, resilient and innovative

Areas:

London

North

Creative Industry Finance offers business development training and access to finance for small to medium-sized creative industry enterprises.

The current one-year pilot of the scheme is taking place in London and the Yorkshire and Humber regions, with a total investment of £300,000 across the two regions. 

Find out more

Digital R&D Fund for the Arts

Key dates: 

Rolling deadlines 2012-2015

Total fund: £7 million

Maximum grant: £125,000

Priority areas:

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

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.

Areas:

National

The Digital R&D fund for the Arts is a strategic partnership between the Arts Council, Nesta and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). It is unique in encouraging collaboration between the arts, digital technology providers and the research community in order to undertake experiments from which the wider arts and cultural sector can learn.

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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 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: £200,000

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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Multi-channel Network for the Arts (commissioned grant)

Key dates: 

The deadline for this grant is 5pm on Thursday 15 May 2014.

Total fund: Up to £1.8 million is available

Maximum grant: Maximum £1.8 million

Priority areas:

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

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.

Areas:

National

The Arts Council is looking for an experienced provider for a new multi-channel network (MCN) for the arts.

Multi-channel Networks (MCNs) are aggregations of large numbers of YouTube channels run by independent third party companies. 

We see this grant as an opportunity to provide new routes into the arts for audiences;  driving viewers to existing arts channels, creating new destinations and communities of interest that make content more discoverable, and producing new content.

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PRISM

Key dates: 

Rolling deadlines 2012-2015

Total fund: £250,000 per year

Maximum grant: £20,000

Priority areas:

Museums ?

Arts Council England now represents museums, having assumed some of the functions of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA), on 1 October 2011.

Areas:

National

The Preservation of Industrial and Scientific Material (PRISM) fund awards grants towards the costs of acquisition and conservation of items or collections which are important in the history and development of science, technology, industry, and related fields.

The PRISM fund covers England and Wales, and can offer grants of up to £20,000, or 90% of the total project costs.

Find out more

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 in 2013:

Friday 14 June, Friday 9 August, Friday 4 October, Friday 29 November

Funding decisions made:

Monday 5 August, Monday 30 September, Monday 25 November, Monday 27 January 2014 

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