Applications are now open for our £214.6 million Capital investment programme, which focuses on improving existing arts facilities to help organisations have the right capital assets to deliver their work and become more sustainable and innovative businesses. This includes increasing the environmental performance of buildings to support the reduction in carbon emissions in the arts sector. 

We are committed to furthering the objectives of sustainable development and expect projects, as far as possible, to take account of all long-term benefits and costs - environmental, social and economic. Organisations should respond to legislative changes around climate change and acknowledge the increasing public pressure for responsible sustainable development. We expect organisations applying for capital investment to consider energy efficiency as a priority.

If you apply to this programme, we will consider expenditure for environmental sustainability costs including installing or retrofitting technologies.

As cultural buildings can have high energy consumptions, organisations applying for capital investment should consider energy efficiency as a priority. We expect you to consider:

  • sustainability issues in the design of your building
  • whole-life costs in the selection of materials and goods
  • sustainable construction practices
  • improved sustainability in the operation of your building - this may include improving awareness in your organisation and building users to reduce energy demand, waste and water consumption and maximising recycling.
  • developing an environmental action policy and annual action plan to improve environmental performance and reduce carbon emissions