The National portfolio funding programme 2012-15 provides funding for a national portfolio of 696 organisations, which started from April 2012. Created through an open-access process, it replaced our regular funding programme, which ended on 31 March 2012.

View an interactive map of National portfolio organisations.

Read about the Relationship between the Arts Council and our funded organisations or visit the information for funded organisations pages to find out more about how we work with National portfolio organisations.

Characteristics of the 2012-15 National portfolio

Browse spreadsheets of National portfolio organisations and bridge delivery organisations. Both lists include levels of funding offered for 2012-15.

Bridge delivery organisations provide a direct connection between the work produced by arts organisations and schools and communities. Download the bridge organisations briefing in Word format and PDF format.

To find out about funding decisions in your area for 2012-15, download spreadsheets here:

London, Midlands, North, South East, South West

See our key facts and figures for more details about our new national portfolio.

Visit National portfolio in depth to find out about the national picture across artforms, and to find out about local authorities and work with children and young people.


Touring activity, which remains a real priority for the Arts Council, is not plotted on the maps. We have earmarked £18 million of Lottery income for touring and this will be used, in line with Lottery directions, to safeguard and develop vital work relating to reach and engaging broader audiences, ensuring that more people have access to first-class artistic experiences wherever they live. A particular focus will be areas that currently have little or no access to high quality arts.

Visit our National portfolio touring organisations page for a list of funded organisations.

The context for our new National portfolio

Our decisions were made within the context of the 10-year strategic framework, Achieving great art for everyone, developed through a major consultation with all those working in the arts; and the reduced resources available.

We knew that the demand for funding would not meet supply. We received 1,333 applications to join the national portfolio, submitting bids for a total of £1.4 billion. The available grant in aid budget for the portfolio for the same period was £956.5 million.

As a result, we have had to make some very difficult decisions. Some very good organisations were not successful, and some strong applications were turned down.

November 2012 Briefing events for funded organisations

We hosted briefing sessions to update funded organisations on the changes the Arts Council went through and discuss how they can help us make a strong case for maintaining public funding of arts and culture in advance of the next Government spending review.  

View presentation slides below or download them from our Slideshare profile.