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. Grants for the arts is funded by the National Lottery.

The Grants for the arts Libraries fund invests National Lottery money in projects delivered by public libraries or library authorities working in partnership with artists and cultural organisations across all art forms.

The aim of the fund is to inspire innovative partnerships between libraries and arts organisations, and encourage library users and those living locally to take part in artistic and cultural activities.

It is hoped that this second phase of funding, which will be rolled out between April 2015 and March 2018, will once again 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.

Public libraries can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £100,000 covering activities lasting up to three years. The fund will open to applications on 1 April 2015 and will run until 31 March 2018. Phase one of the fund will remain open until 31 March 2015 and there will be no break between the end of the first phase and the start of the second. The application criteria will remain the same

Download our Guidance notes for more information including the criteria, details on how to contact the Arts Council, case studies and help with writing your application.

Guidance and information sheet:
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Full details of the latest awards offered to applicants are available in Excel format via the link below. 

All awards offered between 1 April 2015 and 30 June 2015 

All awards offered between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2015

All awards offered between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2014