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

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

How to apply: Grants over £15,000

How to apply: Grants over £15,000

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.

The online application form

The application form asks you a series of questions about different parts of your activity including artistic quality, public engagement, management and finance. This gives us information about you, the activity you are applying for and your budget. We will use the information you give us in your application form to decide whether we will offer you a grant.

Begin your application online

We wish you every success with your application.

Applying for Grants for the arts - further information

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Joint applications

The online application allows joint working on application forms. This works particularly well for organisations, for example, where one person might complete some sections of the form and another complete other sections.

The user that started the application can share it by giving their application code to another user. To do this, they can use the 'Add other user's application' button on their homepage and enter the application code. The application will then appear in their list of draft applications.

Only one user can access the form at any one time. As there is only one copy of the form, changes made by either user will be updated in both accounts. Either user can submit the application form but the user that started the application form will receive the acknowledgement email.


Our grants are for individuals, organisations involved in arts related activity and other people who use the arts in their work. We can only make grants to individuals and organisations based within the European Union.

Activities we support must be clearly related to the arts and must be project-based, up to a maximum of three years in length. We can normally fund up to 90 per cent of the cost of an activity.

Please check if your activity is eligible for funding through Grants for the arts. The eligibility section of the guidance gives more information on what we can and cannot fund. 

Accessibility and support

If you need additional support using the online application please contact us on 0845 300 6200. We can 'co-browse' your application form while you are working on it. This means we can view the screen as you see it and help you to complete any section you have difficulty with.

If you are unable to complete your application online, please contact us:

Phone: 0845 300 6200
Textphone: 020 7973 6564
Post: Arts Council England, Grants for the arts, PO Box 4353, Manchester, M61 0DQ

We are committed to being open and accessible, and want to make sure our services are accessible to everyone. We realise some applicants may experience barriers making a grant application or accessing our services. If you experience or anticipate any barriers within the application process or require help to make an application or accessing services and information, please contact us for information on the type of support that we can provide.

After you apply

Once you have submitted your online application you will receive an auto confirmation email. This will be sent to the email address which you used to log on to the portal. The email will include a PDF copy of your application for your reference.

  • We need 6 weeks to process applications for £15,000 and under
  • We need 12 weeks for applications for more than £15,000

Watch this video or read the guidance documents to find out more about what happens after you’ve submitted your application.