Strategic funding will help realise the priorities set out in Achieving great art for everyone, our 10-year strategic framework for the arts.
Strategic funding will be used alongside our National portfolio investment to target particular challenges, opportunities or gaps in the delivery of those priorities.
£440 million of strategic funding will be invested between 2012 and 2015.
We will invest strategic funding in a number of different ways:
- through a small number of targeted grant programmes (Artists' international development fund, Catalyst, Capital and Touring)
- through grant commissions (currently Cultural Commissioning, Digital R&D fund for the arts, In Harmony, National Youth Dance Company, Music industry talent development fund, Transforming arts fundraising, Developing resilient leadership, Creative people and places, Audience focus and Artsmark); see our grant commissions policy
- through a general strategic grant programme, to open in spring 2012
- through The Space, an Arts Council England and BBC partnership
Who can apply
Strategic funding will be open to any individual, organisation or consortia that meet the eligibility criteria and can demonstrate how their proposed activity meets challenges, opportunities or gaps we have identified in the delivery of our priorities.
What we will fund
Awards will support additional work, rather than the running costs of arts organisations. National portfolio organisations that apply will need to show how work supported by strategic funding is additional to their core programme.
Strategic funding must be invested in arts activities, as required by Lottery regulations. Museums and libraries can therefore only apply to this programme for work that is primarily arts focused.