Please refer to the National portfolio 2015-18 application guidance for more information on the following points.

Strategic framework

We strongly recommend all applicants read Great art and culture for everyone, our refreshed 10-year strategy. As per our assessment criteria, applications for National portfolio funding were assessed in terms of the contribution they can make to the goals set out in our strategy, so it was very important that they thought about how their organisation relates to these goals and what it will do to contribute towards them. More information can be found in the National portfolio 2015-18 application guidance.

We strongly advised that all applicants applying to the National portfolio with a focus on Goal 5 of our strategic framework (arts provision for children and young people) also read our Arts Award and Artsmark briefing note. This document gives an introduction to the programmes, explains how we expect National portfolio organisations to support both programmes and signposts to places for further information. You can download the document to the right of this page.

Equality and the Creative case for diversity

Arts Council England observes the public sector Equality Duty 2011 and the protected characteristics as defined in the Equality Act 2010. We are also committed to promoting equality across differing socio-economic groups.

We not only expect applicants to observe minimum legal standards for equality, but to demonstrate a willingness to set high standards of practice. Read the Creative case for diversity, which is central to all of our work. More on this can be found in the National portfolio 2015-18 application guidance.

Fair pay

Arts Council England is committed to ensuring proper and fair payment for those who work in the creative industries. Artists’ fees for projects funded by us should be in line with recognised codes of practice set by the relevant lead bodies, and we have published these guidelines to help clarify the legal obligations of arts organisations offering internships. For more information visit the websites for HM Revenue and Customs and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills.

Organisational resilience

Successful applicants will be expected to demonstrate their resilience. We define resilience as the vision and capacity of an organisation to anticipate and adapt to economic, environmental and social change by seizing opportunities, identifying and mitigating risks, and deploying resources effectively in order to continue delivering quality work in line with their mission.

A risk assessment will be carried out as part of the application process, and you can find out more about our environmental programme – and expectations – here. The National portfolio 2015-18 application guidance also contains more information.

Working with a relationship manager

Successful applicants will be expected to work within our relationship management framework, including fulfilling specific monitoring and data reporting requirements. This enables us to track the progress of our investment. You can find out more in our relationship management framework document, but we also recommend reading all of the guidance in the National portfolio 2015-18 guidance document