Applications to become a Bridge organisation are now closed.

To help ensure that every child and young person has the opportunity to experience the richness of the arts, we will fund a small number of Bridge organisations within the National portfolio and our Major partner museums. Their role is to provide an environment in which cultural education can flourish both in and out of school.

Bridge organisations are primarily facilitators and are not expected to directly deliver arts and cultural opportunities for children and young people, although an organisation may undertake wider education and learning work through its core business.

The Bridge roles will be undertaken by museums, arts organisations or arts education agencies.

Specific criteria apply to Bridge applications. Applicants were required to have preliminary conversations with us before applying for Bridge funding.

Applicants applying for Bridge funding were required to use the online Bridge application form to apply, addressing the Bridge criteria and application guidance set out in Annex A of the National portfolio application pack. 

Other useful information 

You can find out about our existing Bridge organisations

For more information on applying to be a Bridge organisation in 2015-18, go to page 35 in the National portfolio, 2015-18, application guidance.