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Ways we support the arts

  • Date: 17 June 2011
  • Area: National

We fund arts activities that engage people in England, or that help artists and arts organisations carry out their work.

We are transforming the way the arts are funded in England. The National portfolio funding programme will provide funding for a national portfolio of organisations from April 2012. It replaces our regular funding programme, which will end on 31 March 2012.

However, this is only one of our funding programmes for developing the arts. We also support the arts through Grants for the arts, which is funded by the National Lottery and is for arts activities carried out over a set period.

Grants for the arts is an open-access programme for individuals, organisations and other people who use the arts in their work.

This programme has been open since 2006 and will continue to offer support for new initiatives, respond to new ideas and nurture new talent. In 2009/10, we made over 2,795 grants, totalling £65,806,729.

To give you an idea of the type of activity Grants for the arts supports, and the impact our investment can make, take a look at these articles on Grants for the arts projects:

AV Festival in the North East
Big Hoo-Ha in West Yorkshire
Florence Mine in Egremont, West Cumbria

To find our more on Grants for the arts, including eligibility and how to apply online visit