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New funding rounds launch, supporting arts and culture for the future

  • Date: 3 October 2013
  • Area: National
CAST in Doncaster

Capital funding recipient CAST in Doncaster. Credit: Julian Cotton

We've announced the ten successful applicants in the latest round of our Strategic touring programme, and opened applications for a range of other funding programmes.

The Arts Council invests in the arts and cultural sector in many different ways, with each programme we deliver aimed at fulfilling a specific need for us to achieve great art and culture for everyone.

Today, along with announcing the latest successful applicants to the tenth round our Strategic touring fund, we are launching new or updated rounds of investment for four more programmes.

Strategic touring: ten new projects set to tour diverse areas of England 

Ten organisations will receive a total of £1,351,170. Successful projects include:

  • Grizedale Arts ‘The Benevolent Order of New Mechanics’ project that sees a number of regional galleries forming a touring partnership with European organisations that will bring work to cities including Liverpool, Sheffield and Birmingham
  • The Cardboard Citizens tour of Glasshouse by Kate Tempest to venues in the Midlands, Yorkshire and the North West
  • The revival and national tour by West Yorkshire Playhouse in partnership with venues such as the Birmingham Rep and the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich of Benjamin Zephaniah’s novel ‘Refugee Boy’ adapted by Lemn Sissay  

Take a look at all the successful applicants.

Capital investment: for a resilient and sustainable arts infrastucture 

New rounds of the large and small scale Capital grants programme have launched today, supporting organisations by giving them the right buildings and equipment to deliver their work, and to become more sustainable and resilient businesses. Organisations can apply for large scale capital grants of £500,000 and above, from a budget of £55 million; or for small scale capital grants between £100,000 and £499,000, from a budget of £12 million. 

The Capital investment programme has already awarded over £168 million to projects including the National Glass Centre in Sunderland and new performance venue Cast in Doncaster. To see how other developments are coming along, you can watch a live webcam of Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre’s project and discover plans for new film and exhibition spaces at Newcastle’s Tyneside Cinema.

Other programmes updated today

Renaissance strategic support fund – round three opens today
Directing support at ambitious new projects in the museums sector, £6.1 million is now available to invest in projects focussed on sustainability, resilience and innovation. Find out more 

Designation development fund – supporting public engagement in museums
Helping museums to use their Designated collections in exciting new ways, the fund has £700,000 in 2014-15 and more in 2015-16 to invest in museums developing fresh ideas to share their work and collections with the public. Find out more 

Tier 1 artists’ visas – now accepting applications based on exceptional promise
Artists of exceptional promise can now apply to enter this country through the Tier 1 visa route, along with artists demonstrating exceptional talent, following changes in immigration rules. Find out more

Creative people and places – new round for the South East and South West
Aimed at empowering and inspiring communities with low arts engagement to take the lead in shaping local arts provision, the 2014 programme is available in selected parts of the South East and South West. Find out more