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.  For each of the rounds there are three key dates which you need to be aware of: the deadline for your application (closes at 5pm); the date you'll be told the decision, and what dates your project must fall between to be eligible for that particular funding round. View the dates for 2017-18 here. Activities must start on or after 12 weeks from the round deadline.