Between 2008 and 2011, we invested £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 provides funding for a National portfolio of organisations from April 2012. It has replaced our regular funding programme, which ended on 31 March 2012. Visit National portfolio funding to browse a list of National portfolio organisations.

What it meant to be a Regularly funded organisation

All Regularly funded organisations were assigned to an Arts Council region and allocated a lead officer as their main point of contact. Organisations had an ongoing relationship with their relationship manager.

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

Annual submission

Organisations submitted their annual submission every year by the deadline, usually in June. The submission collected information relating to an organisation’s activity. Key data and topline tables from the annual submission were published each year.

Annual review

Organisations had an annual review every year between August and October to monitor the use of our funding. The annual review was managed by the relationship manager and usually consisted of a meeting followed by assessments and feedback.

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

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

Organisations were 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 negotiated and signed a funding agreement for each funding period. The timing of these negotiations depended on when we receive our settlement from government. The funding agreement was the contract that governed our relationship with organisations.