Aims and objectives

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

This grant is 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 runs 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 the national provider, throughout this period and beyond.

Artsmark is a key delivery mechanism for goal five of Great art and culture 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 is expected to deliver are in the Artsmark commissioned grant programme guidance

How much funding is available

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. The successful applicant has signed up to a three-year funding agreement with Arts Council England. 

For more information on the application process see the Artsmark commissioned grant programme guidance document. Please note that applications to this fund are now closed.