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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 Wednesday 13 January 2016

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

Ambition for excellence

Key dates: 

The fund is a rolling programme until 2017 - applications can be made any time.

Total fund: £35.2 million

Maximum grant: £100,000 - £750,000

Priority areas:

Developing talent ?

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

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

A fund aimed at stimulating and supporting ambition, talent and excellence across the arts sector in England. The fund aims to realise significant impact on the growth of an ambitious international-facing arts infrastructure, especially outside London.

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Designation development fund

Key dates: 

Applications must be received by 5pm on Thursday 10 March 2016

Total fund: £700,000

Maximum grant: £90,000

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 Designation development fund is investing £1.4 million to support projects that ensure the long-term sustainability of Designated museum collections, and which maximise their public value and the sharing of best practice across the sector. This will enable greater audience enjoyment with collections which play a vital role in England's cultural life.

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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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Museum resilience fund, 2015-18

Key dates: 

The deadline for expression of interest is 5pm on Thursday 18 February 2016.  We will let applicants know the outcome of their expression of interest by email by 5pm on Wednesday 23 March 2016.

Total fund: £10 million

Maximum grant: £450,000

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

Arts Council England is the development organisation for English regional museums. At a challenging time for funding in the sector, the focus of our approach for 2015-18 is on building a more resilient museums sector. One of the ways we will do this is through the Museum resilience fund.

The Museum resilience fund addresses the priorities set out in our mission, Great art and culture for everyone, particularly linked to Goals 3 and 4 of our mission: supporting a step change for the museums sector by enabling museums to become more sustainable and resilient businesses.

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PRISM

Key dates: 

Rolling deadlines 2015-18

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 per cent 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:

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

Ambition for excellence

Key dates: 

The fund is a rolling programme until 2017 - applications can be made any time.

Total fund: £35.2 million

Maximum grant: £100,000 - £750,000

Priority areas:

Developing talent ?

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

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

A fund aimed at stimulating and supporting ambition, talent and excellence across the arts sector in England. The fund aims to realise significant impact on the growth of an ambitious international-facing arts infrastructure, especially outside London.

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Arts Impact Fund

Key dates: 

There’ll be at least five funding rounds from April 2015 – April 2017.

Total fund: £7 million

Maximum grant: £600,000

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

Areas:

National

Created and funded by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Nesta, supported by Arts Council England and with additional funding from Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, this fund will provide repayable loan finance between £150,000 up to £600,000, and funding needs can vary. For example, an applicant may want to buy or refurbish a building or purchase equipment or need to pay salaries or buy in additional services to help the organisation generate more income, perhaps for a tour or exhibition. The fund partners want to understand the applicant organisation’s future plans and how the funds could help applicants to build and grow what they do.

 

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Catalyst: Evolve

Key dates: 

Applications must be submitted by 12.00 (Midday) on Friday 19 February 2016.  

Applications submitted after this time will not be considered.  We will aim to notify applicants of our decision no later than 22 weeks after the application has closed.

Total fund: £17.5 million

Maximum grant: £75,000 - £150,000

Priority areas:

Creative Economy ?

Ensuring the arts are sustainable, resilient and innovative

Areas:

National

Catalyst: Evolve will support organisations that have a limited track record in fundraising to enable them to attract more private giving. 

Priority areas: Match funding to prioritise new philanthropic giving, investing in the skills, capacity and culture of organisations to make a step change in their fundraising

 

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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. 

Find out more

PRISM

Key dates: 

Rolling deadlines 2015-18

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 per cent 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:

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