Sustain is Arts Council England’s response to the impact of the recession on arts organisations whose sustainability is important in delivering our mission of great art for everyone.

A total of 194 applications have been received and the fund is now closed to new applications.

  • the first batch of awards are worth just under £4 million and will help 10 arts organisations maintain artistic excellence during the economic downturn
  • the second batch of awards are worth around £2.7 million over two years and will help a further eight arts organisations
  • the third batch of awards are worth around £6.2 million over two years and will help a further eight arts organisations
  • the fourth batch of awards are worth around £4.3 million which will help a further 16 arts organisations continue to work confidently through the economic downturn
  • the fifth round of awards are worth £10.6 million over two years and will help 33 arts organisations maintain artistic excellence during the economic downturn
  • the sixth round of awards are worth £5,729,158 million over two years and will help 22 arts organisations maintain artistic excellence during the economic downturn
  • the seventh round of awards are worth just under £8 million over two years and will help 27 arts organisations maintain artistic excellence during the economic downturn
  • the eighth round of awards are worth around £5.9 million over two years and will help a further 13 arts organisations maintain artistic excellence during the economic downturn

We will now be undertaking a swift and thorough review of Sustain before deciding if further action is needed to support artistic excellence and innovation through the recession and what form it might take.

You can download the list of decisions as Excel spreadsheets. The successful applicants include combined arts, literature, music, theatre and visual arts organisations in London, South West, South East, East Midlands, East, North East and Yorkshire.

Read more about our investment in the arts.