GRANTS FOR THE ARTS - ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND
‘Grants for the Arts’ is Arts Council England’s funding stream for arts activity.
GRANTS FOR THE ARTS INFORMATION
- grants between £1,000 – £100,000 are awarded (grants below £15,000 are processed faster and have less stringent funding criteria)
- eligible projects have to have a set running time (which can’t be longer than 3 years)
- at least 10% of your total project cost must come from another non-Arts Council England source, and must be confirmed before you submit your application
- funded projects must have potential benefit to the wider public
- successfully funded projects will work towards one or more of Arts Council England’s five goals (see right)
Arts Council England’s five goals:
- for everyone
- resilience and sustainability
- diversity and skills
- children and young people
- don’t approach an application with the mindset “this is why you should support and fund my project”; do show how you will deliver one of Arts Council England’s goals through your project
- read Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts advice very carefully
- only apply for the exact funds you need to make your project a success
- approach other partners for support – the more organisations who are supporting and/or funding your project, the more likely it is to be a success. Also, partners may be able to help in a certain area (e.g. printing leaflets) which will save you money on your application
- ask for help and advice on your application either from Arts Council England or from someone who has completed a recent successful Grants for the Arts application
- use very clear and precise language on your application form – get someone to proofread your application before you submit it
- understand what Arts Council England will and won’t fund – there’s no point spending a lot of time on an application for equipment or activity which isn’t funded by Arts Council England
- if you are submitting your first application, consider keeping it under the £15,000 threshold
- make sure your application aligns to at least one of Arts Council England’s goals, and clearly state where and how your project will achieve that goal
- if you have difficulties with application forms because of dyslexia, dyspraxia or another neurodiverse outlook, you can request support from Arts Council England to help you with the application process
Arts Council England produce some amazing information sheets to help you understand more about the applications process, what might make a project ineligible and specific advice for certain types of projects such as festivals. If you are applying for under £15,000 for the first time, we recommend reading the information on eligibility.
Grants for the Arts ‘Cheat Sheet’
Plymouth artist Rachel Dobbs has created a wonderful ‘cheat sheet’ to help you through the Grantium application portal. Besides being a really useful guide to the application process, Rachel’s cheat sheet is also particularly useful to neurodiverse applicants (including applicants with dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia or autistic spectrum).
Arts Council England offers support to people who experience or anticipate problems with the application process. For more information, please read their guidance on accessibility (section 4 is the most useful section).
Arts Council England’s Raj Patel – Presentation on Grants for the Arts
We hosted a Grants for the Arts workshop in October 2015. Art Council England’s Raj Patel very kindly gave a presentation on Grants for the Arts funding and applications – please click the link on the right to view his presentation and advice (in PDF form).