Resilience, sustainability and philanthropy

We want art and culture organisations to be resilient and sustainable. Our aim is for them to become more adaptable to all elements of the external world, including economic conditions and a changing environment.

    In response to changing economic conditions and cuts to public funding, we want to encourage and enable more private giving to our funded organisations. We are helping them build their fundraising capacity, by supporting them to forge new partnerships and explore alternative sources of non-grant income.

    We are also committed to embracing environmental sustainability and reducing our carbon footprint, both within the Arts Council and the organisations we fund.

      Colourful money boxes, viewed from above.

      Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy

      A programme encouraging an innovative and effective approach to arts fundraising, through training, fellowships and skills development

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      Catalyst: Evolve

      A funding programme enabling organisations with a limited track record in fundraising to attract more private giving

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      Julie’s Bicycle

      Julie’s Bicycle is a leading global charity bridging the gap between environmental sustainability and the creative industries

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      Energy Efficiency

      Find out how the Government Procurement Service can help art and culture become more sustainable

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      Support and guidance

      Art and culture organisations are acting to inspire change in the world around them. Find out how you can too.

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      Environmental sustainability is now embedded within the funding agreements of all our major programmes

      Recent resilience news, blogs and case studies


      London on loan

      Museums across London can apply for the Arts Council’s Ready to Borrow capital fund, and share more great art and culture.

      A cartoon illustration from ART and MONEY showing how artists and arts organisations can better work together

      ART and MONEY

      'ART and MONEY: Here’s the change' - a day-long event designed to identify practical solutions to help artists and venues develop

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      Top left to bottom right: 1. Colorful money boxes, view from above. Photo © moodboard / Cultura / Getty Images 2. In Between Time 2015 - 'NightWalks with Teenagers'. Photo © Paul Blakemore 3. Flood Plans, In Between Time Festival 2015. Photo © Jo Hellier. 4. Situations - Sanctum Bristol. Photo © Max McClure. 5. Fire Garden by Carabosse. Photo © Angell / Thames Festival Trust 6. David Glowacki's 'Hidden Fields'. Photo © Paul Blakemore / Interactive Scientific Ltd. 7. Directors participating in Springboard, part of the Young Vic Directors Program. Photo © Helen Murray. 8. Cross section of proposed new auditorium © Burrell Foley Fischer 9. The William Morris Gallery in London. Photo © William Morris Gallery 10. A cartoon illustration from ART and MONEY. Organised and hosted by Arts at the Old Fire Station. Zuhura Plummer © Nick Tapper 11. Logo © Arts Council England. 12. The Sorting Office's open studio event in full swing. Photo © Harry Usborne. 13. Musiko Musika's ECCO Concert at Southbank Centre. Photo © Harriet Armstrong / Musiko Musika. 14. Artificial things by Stopgap Dance Company. Photo © Chris Parkes 15. Jeremy Bailey's Master Slave Invigilator. Photo © Chris Foster / Abandon Normal Devices 16. Birmingham Weekender 2015. Photo © Andrew Fox / Birmingham Weekender 17. Atmosphere by Edmund de Waal at Turner Contemporary. Photo © Benjamin Beker. 18. Artificial Things by Stopgap Dance Company © Photo Chris Parkes