Welcome to the National portfolio 2015-18 application pages. Please note: applications to this funding programme are now closed - you can read about the successful applicants on the new National portfolio page.

Here you will find information on how the application process was structured, presented in more detail in our National portfolio 2015-18 application guidance.

Applications to the National portfolio, 2015-18, opened on 7 January 2014, and organisations had until 12 noon on Monday 17 March 2014 to complete and submit their applications.

Use the links on the left to find out more about the following:

Expectations of the National portfolio 

From reflecting our refreshed strategy, Great art and culture for everyone, to demonstrating a commitment to equality and the Creative case for diversity; we have set out the expectations we will have of the organisations that will make up our National portfolio between 2015-18. 


Here we explain the eligibility criteria for the National portfolio, along with any restrictions that meant that organisations were not able to apply.

Timeline and how to apply

This section covers the four steps of applying to the National portfolio, and the timeline which was set out for applicants. 

The decision-making process 

Once the eligibility of an application was confirmed we then considered each application against the published criteria. This section expands on these criteria, referencing the National portfolio 2015-18 application guidance. 

Frequently asked questions

This page should answer any questions you have about the application process.