We will check your application to ensure that it is eligible and that you have provided all the information we have requested.

We will make our decision based on the information you provide in your application, any further information that we request and, where relevant, data and information from the Charity Commission and Companies House websites relating to your constitution and audited accounts from the past two years.

Applications will be assessed by the Arts Council staff with comments provided by The Baring Foundation using a four-point word scoring:

  • Met – Outstanding
  • Met – Strong
  • Met
  • Not Met

On the basis of these ratings we will recommend whether an application is suitable for funding. Applications that do not achieve at least a Met under all three criteria will not be recommended for interview or funding.

We will look at each individual application on its own merits and assess against the published criteria, using the assessment prompts and any other relevant factors based on the information in the application.

Please note that we may also take the decision to part-fund proposals (this may involve awarding less money than was applied for, and/or over a shorter period and/or for only part of the proposal submitted) or to suggest collaborations with other applicants or partners as a condition of funding.