Sustain was 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 were received and the fund is now closed to applications.

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


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.

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