Strategic Touring

For many people, touring shows and exhibitions are the only means to experience art in their area. Our Strategic Touring fund makes it easier for organisations and artists to bring great art and culture to people across England.

Key Information



Funding activity


Total fund

£35 million for 2015–18, including £750,000 a year from the Olympic Lottery Distribution Fund to support inbound international touring.


Any individual or organisation can apply, including National Portfolio Organisations, Major Partner Museums, libraries and partnerships, networks or consortia. 

Key dates

There are six application rounds each year – you can submit your application at any time. The deadline for each round is 5pm on the dates shown below. When you have applied, we will email you the date you should hear the outcome. 


Round 3024 March 201715 May 2017
Round 3119 May 201710 July 2017
Round 3214 July 201718 September 2017
Round 3322 September 201713 November 2017
Round 3417 November 201722 January 2018
Round 3526 January 201819 March 2018