Aims and objectives

Applications to the Artsmark commissioned grant programme are now closed and the national provider has been announced

The Arts Council is looking for a national provider to deliver Artsmark - our national programme that enables schools, further education colleges and youth justice settings to evaluate, celebrate and strengthen a quality arts offer.

The grant for the provision of Artsmark would run for the period from April 2012 to March 2015 in the first instance.

Artsmark is a trademark registered with The Intellectual Property Office of the UK (UK-IPO). The Arts Council will retain the intellectual property of the programme and will continue to drive the strategic development of the programme in partnership with a national provider, throughout this period and beyond.

Artsmark is a key delivery mechanism for goals five of both Achieving great art for everyone and Culture knowledge and understanding: achieving great museums and libraries for everyone, which focus on all children and young people experiencing the richness of the arts, museums and libraries.

The main outcomes expected from this project are: 

  • an agreed number of schools and other educational organisations gaining an Artsmark annually between 2012-15, working toward 50 per cent of all schools and other education settings holding an Artsmark by 2015
  • within this, an agreed percentage of Gold Artsmark schools and other educational providers
  • expansion of the Artsmark programme to cover arts and cultural organisations, museums and libraries

Full details about what the successful organisation will be expected to deliver are in the Artsmark commissioned grant programme guidance

How much funding is available

Applications to the Artsmark commissioned grant programme are now closed. 

Funding for Artsmark is confirmed at £1.5million per year for 2012-15, though all transition costs will need to be funded from the year one grant.

Successful applicants will be required to sign up to a three-year funding agreement with Arts Council England. 


Applications to the Artsmark commissioned grant programme are now closed. 

Before submitting an application to the Artsmark commissioned grants programme you must submit an expression of interest.

To be eligible to submit an expression of interest you must be:

1.    an organisation in England with a track record of delivering national cultural education or qualification programmes
2.    properly constituted as an organisation and able to make available copies of your governance documentation, if requested

You cannot express an interest if you are:

1.    an organisation based outside of England
2.    an individual - we will not accept applications from people applying in a purely personal capacity

For more information on who should apply see the Artsmark commissioned grant programme guidance document.

How to apply

Applications to the Artsmark commissioned grant programme are now closed. 

1. Read the guidance

The Artsmark commissioned grant programme guidance gives you information on how to apply and answers some common questions. If you have any further questions you can contact Kate Attard, Senior Officer for Artsmark and Arts Award at

2. Submit an expression of interest

Organisations interested in applying to are asked to complete an expression of interest form. We will accept expressions of interest between Tuesday 1 November 2011 and Friday 2 December 2011.

Only those organisations that are shortlisted after submitting an expression of interest should continue to step 3. 

3. Shortlisted organisations fill in the online application form

After reviewing the expressions of interest, we will shortlist projects to develop their proposal further. We will contact the shortlist by 9 January 2012 with an invitation to complete a full application. 

Applications must be submitted no later than 5pm on Friday 10 February 2012. Applications submitted after this time will not be considered.