One of the ways that we invest strategic funding is through specific grant programmes. As with all strategic funding, these aim to target particular challenges, opportunities or gaps in the delivery of our priorities.

Unlike grant commissions where we define what the outcomes should be and how they should be achieved - with grant programmes, we still define the outcomes but do not necessarily set out how they should be achieved.

Current grant programmes

  • the £750,000 Artists' international development fund offers early stage development opportunities for individual freelance and self employed artists based in England to spend time building links with artists, organisations and/or creative producers in another country (applications now open)
  • the £180 million Capital programme, which  focuses on improving existing arts facilities to help organisations become more sustainable and resilient businesses, including increasing their environmental performance 
  • the £50 million Catalyst arts programme, designed to enable arts and heritage organisations to diversify their income streams, attract significantly more funding by increasing their fundraising potential and help them to develop and explore innovative new approaches to securing private giving
  • the £45 million Touring programme, designed to encourage collaboration between organisations so that more people across England experience and are inspired by the arts, particularly in places which rely on touring for much of their arts provision