Full eligibility criteria, including a desciption of how a consortium should be formed, is available in the guidance notes for applicants, which are available to download in PDF and Word formats.

Who can apply

  • consortia, from the arts or non-arts sectors, that meet the aims and objectives of the work are eligible to apply. A consortium must include representation from local grass roots community groups and arts organisations (see note on consortia on page 14)
  • although the focus of this fund is the arts, consortia may include museums and libraries where they are providing arts based activities and opportunities
  • consortia whose activity focuses on benefiting people from places included in the bottom 20 per cent of the Active People survey over an average of two years, as identified by Arts Council England in the appendix of the guidance document. Locations which are the focus of the successful consortia from the first round of funding will not be considered for round two
  • organisations who receive National portfolio funding if the activity proposed is in addition to their National portfolio funded activity
  • we can give a grant to organisations that are legally constituted so that they can share out profits to members or shareholders. However all grant funds must be appliedtodelivering a self-contained, financially ring-fenced arts project with a clear benefit to the public and in a way so that no grant funds contribute to an organisation's profits
  • the lead applicant with a registered office in England or Wales.

Who can not apply

  • individual organisations cannot apply - though a single named lead organisation within the consortium will need to be identified as grant recipient. This lead can change over the course of the programme with Arts Council approval
  • individual organisations can only be named as core consortium members for one application
  • we cannot accept applications if you or consortium members are applying for funding for activities which are purely aimed at making a profit to be distributed to members or shareholders
  • we cannot accept applications for activities taking place outside of England
  • organisations cannot apply for activity that does not focus on benefiting people from the places of least engagement as identified in the guidance
  • organisations cannot apply in round two to cover a place of least engagement that has already been awarded a grant for this purpose

Please read the guidance for full eligibility criteria. Download in PDF and Word formats.