Applications will be assessed using our standard five-point word scoring: Not Met, Potential, Met, Met - Strong and Met - Outstanding. On the basis of these ratings we will recommend that an application is fundable or not fundable. Applications that do not achieve at least Met under all three criteria will not be recommended as fundable.

We will make our decision based on the information you provide in your application and any further information that we request. We will look at each individual application on its own merits and assess against the criteria set out in the In Harmony guidance document.

Assessments will then be looked at from a national perspective, and recommendations for funding made that aim to ensure a balance of activity across the country. Final decisions will be made by the Arts Council.