Arts Council grants for the arts

Grants available for: Projects that are clearly related to the arts and are no more than three years in length.
Size of grants given: From £1,000 to £100,000, but most grants under £15,000.
No deadlines

Aims of Fund

To help more people to take part in the arts, provide creative opportunities and improve the performance and productivity of arts organisations and the arts sector.

Who can apply

Individuals or organisations, including:

  • Artists, performers, promoters, presenters, curators, producers and other individuals working in the arts;
  • arts organisations;
  • local authorities and other public organisations;
  • partnerships, collectives, and regional and national organisations;
  • organisations whose normal activity is not arts-related, including voluntary and community groups; and
  • groups of organisations or individuals.

How much and what can you apply for

Grants normally range from £1,000 up to a total of £100,000 (for local activities), and can cover activities lasting up to three years. Most grants are for under £15,000.

You can apply for a very wide range of activities that will engage people in England in the arts or that help artists and arts organisations in England to carry out their work. The Arts Council aim to be flexible and to encourage new ideas.

Full eligibility criteria is available on their website under ”How to Apply”.

Examples of projects you could apply for funding for include:

  • festivals and carnivals
  • events, productions and exhibitions
  • participatory projects, workshops
  • other arts-related projects

There are some specific guidelines relating to specific types of application.

You will have to find at least 10% of the money you need for your activity from other sources. This can include.

The Arts Council give large numbers of grants every month. For a full list, see their website.

How to apply

Apply using the online application form. Read the application guidelines thoroughly, and use them when writing your application. Beware that the application form is long, and you will need to have a very clear project plan before you begin. You need to state how much you are applying for before you begin, and cannot change this once you’ve started filling in the form, so make sure you have a final, definite budget before you start.

Before you apply, you will need to register your organisation as an “Applicant” on the website. You will need to provide information about your management committee, and a copy of your constitution. They will then take up to 5 days to approve you as an applicant before you can start writing your application.

Deadlines for application

There are no deadlines. You should get a decision in six weeks for applications under £15,000 and 12 weeks for applications over £15,000.

Contact details

Arts Council England
Grants for the Arts
PO Box 4353
Manchester M61 0DQ
Tel: 0845 300 6200
Textphone:020 7973 6564; 0161 934 4317

Date & initials

24/7/17 RR