These pages are for applicants who applied on or after Wednesday 27 January 2016. If you applied on or before Friday 22 January 2016 please click here to be redirected.

Read the guidance carefully

This guidance explains how to complete your application form and answers some common questions, so please read it carefully before you begin.

There are two different versions of the How to apply guidance document - one version for applications of £15,000 or under, and another version if you are applying for over £15,000. It is important that you select the correct guidance document for the amount you are applying for:

How to apply: Grants of £15,000 and under Word / PDF

How to apply: Grants over £15,000 Word / PDF

Please check if your activity is eligible for funding through Grants for the Arts. The list in the Eligibility section of this guidance gives more information on what we can and cannot fund.

We offer further guidance on particular aspects of applying for Grants for the Arts. You can find our additional information sheets here

You can also watch our guidance videos to help you understand the Grants for the Arts application process.

Apply online

In January 2016, we introduced a new grant management system. The new system allows applicants to manage all of their projects online. All applications, along with decision letters, payment requests and any communication regarding your application, are managed through the online system.

To make an application on our online system you must have a validated applicant profile. It can take up to five working days for us to validate a profile, so you need to take this time into account when you are thinking about when to apply to us. Please note, you will not be able to start your application until your applicant profile has been validated.

There are full instructions for making an application using our online system in the How to apply guidance.

Apply online 

Accessibility and support

If you need additional support using the online system please contact us:

Phone: 0845 300 6200
Textphone: 020 7973 6564
Post: Arts Council England - Grants for the Arts. The Hive, 49 Lever St, Manchester, M1 1FN