Goal 3: resilience and sustainability

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We want arts and cultural 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.

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

Sir Peter Bazalgette makes major speech

Sir Peter Bazalgette, gave a major speech to the Creative Industries Federation examining the relationship between governance, business and the creative and cultural sector.

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Proving people wrong

Ross Burnett looks at the way the Arts Impact Fund is bringing new opportunities to arts organisations

Arts Impact Fund invests £1.93m

£1.93 million investment in five arts and culture organisations in England, supporting them to become more enterprising and resilient.

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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. No Credit Displaying 8. No Credit Displaying 9. Primary school work with Bow Arts. Photo © Bow Arts 10. No Credit Displaying 11. "We Are Hull" projections on Hull City Hall 12. Lindsey Hall, CEO of RiO and Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP- Minister of State responsible for digital and culture policy at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport - meeting schoolchildren at the Market Hall, Devonport. Photo: Tom Brewer 13. Photo © Max McClure 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