The eligibility criteria for Exceptional awards are as follows:

  • Your project is not eligible for funding from other Arts Council programmes
  • Your project has not been rejected from one of our existing programmes for reasons other than eligibility
  • You have not previously submitted your idea for consideration for an Exceptional award application
  • Your project’s beneficiaries are based in England
  • Your organisation (unless it is a National Portfolio Organisation) is based in England
  • Your organisation is primarily focused on one or more of the following: creating, producing, distributing and presenting the arts in England
  • Your organisation is registered as a charity or established on a not for profit basis with charitable objectives