Goal 3: resilience and sustainability

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The arts, museums and libraries are resilient and environmentally sustainable

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.

Six male dancers from Yasmin Vardimon Dance Company dive into the air and appear to be flying.
Yasmin Vardimon Dance Company: Yesterday. Photo © Alastair Muir

What will success look like?

  • arts organisations, museums and libraries can demonstrate an ability to adapt to their external environment
  • arts organisations and museums have increased the share of their income that comes from a wider range of contributed or earned income sources
  • local authorities and other partners value the Arts Council’s development role in supporting arts organisations, museums and libraries to be more resilient
  • the cultural sector embraces environmental sustainability and has reduced its carbon footprint

Find out more about Goal 3 by reading our strategy, Great art and culture for everyone, or explore the links below.

How we make an impact

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Julie’s Bicycle

We work in partnership with Julie’s Bicycle to help our National Portfolio Organisations and Major Partner Museums reduce their carbon footprint.

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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

Goal 3 in action

Little girl mid-jump and dancing with man

Men and girls dance together

London-based cross-artform company, Fevered Sleep discuss the motivation behind their piece, Men & Girls Dance.

Image captions
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. Oxford Christmas Lights Festival, December 2013. Photo courtesy of Oxford City Council. All rights reserved. 8. No Boundaries 2017. Photo © No Boundaries. 9. Travelling Light Youth Theatre end of term summer sharing 2015. Photo: Camilla Adams / Travelling Light Theatre Company. 10. Liverpool Library on National Libraries Day 2016 © Graham Lucas Commons 11. No Credit Displaying 12. Little girl mid-jump and dancing with man 13. Faith Bekoe performs in Sanctum, Bristol. Photo © Max McClure / Situations Sanctum Bristol. 14. Photo: James Berry & Spitalfields Music 15. Stopgap Dance Company: Artificial Things. Photo © Chris Parkes 16. Slung Low's 59 Minutes to Save Christmas at Barbican Centre. Photo © Susanna Sanroman / Slung Low 17. Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love stories), Kneehigh Theatre. Photo © Steve Tanner