Find out more about our partnerships and browse related resources
Local authorities are the biggest funders of arts and culture in England. Together we work in partnership to ensure culture is successful and sustainable. Faced by a challenging financial environment, many are responding with imaginative and innovative ideas about how they can continue their vital support for arts and culture.
The future: new speech and report
Find out more about the challenges facing local government funding for art and culture, and watch the speech from our Chair, Sir Peter BazalgetteFind out more
We work with local authorities up and down the country that share our mission to ensure that there are strong local cultural offers that make life better for people in all of our communities.
We know that the capacity for local government to support for art and culture is being challenged. Our priority is to work in partnership to sustain the local cultural infrastructure; sharing best practice to help authorities make best use of resources, or develop new business models. We will deploy our own funding in new ways which help lever in funds from elsewhere, and continue to create a better balance of spending between London and the rest of England.
On this page you can find resources that illustrate the significance and value of working in partnership at a local level. These include the latest speech from our Chair, Sir Peter Bazalgette, which responds to the NLGN report: Funding Arts and Culture in a time of Austerity
Find out more and explore our related funding programmes
Explore our research and data on the impact of art and culture at a local level
Learn more about making connections with local authorities
This fund focuses on parts of the country where involvement in the arts is significantly below the national average
A fund placing art and culture at the heart of local economic growth.
Enabling arts and culture organisations to increase their reach by working with the tourism sector.
Latest news, case studies and blog posts
A bumper three-day fiesta of arts, crafts and creativity starts this weekend
Sir Nicholas Serota gave his first speech as Chair of Arts Council England at No Boundaries 2017.
Arts Council funding supporting activity in the North's public libraries which benefits disadvantaged people and places
Curtain up on National Lottery funded play for deaf people
London-based cross-artform company, Fevered Sleep discuss the motivation behind their piece, Men & Girls Dance.
Creative leadership, global research programmes and community engagement in East London received a boost on Monday (3 April 2017) as the Arts Council signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).