Between 2008 and 2011, we will invest £1.3 billion of regular funding in around 880 arts organisations across England, including the Royal Opera House, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Punchdrunk, BALTIC, and Southbank Centre.

Read about our new National portfolio funding programme, which will provide funding for a national portfolio of organisations from April 2012. It replaces our regular funding programme, which will end on 31 March 2012. Visit National portfolio funding to browse a list of National portfolio organisations.

What it means to be a regularly funded organisation

All organisations we fund on a regular basis are assigned to an Arts Council region and allocated a lead officer as their main point of contact. Organisations have an ongoing relationship with their relationship manager who understands the unique contribution that each organisation makes.

There are three key events in the funding cycle that are standard for all organisations: annual submission, annual review and funding agreement.

Annual submission

Organisations submit their annual submission every year by the deadline, which is usually in June. The submission collects information relating to an organisation’s activity. We collect and publish key data and topline tables from the annual submission each year.

Annual review

Organisations have an annual review to monitor the use of our funding. It takes place every year between August and October. The annual review is managed by the relationship manager and usually consists of a meeting followed by assessments and feedback.

Organisations are monitored for artistic quality, management, finance and public engagement.

Each area is scored one of the following: met – outstanding, met – strong, met, potential, not met.

Organisations are also monitored for risk. Risk is measured as high, medium or low, under the headings of: governance and management, operational, financial, environmental, compliance, and overall risk

Funding agreement

Organisations negotiate and sign a funding agreement for each funding period. The timing of these negotiations depends on when we receive our settlement from government. The funding agreement is the contract that governs our relationship with organisations.