The Arts Council England Grants for the Arts is a funding scheme for individuals, arts organisations and other people who use the arts in their work.
They are for a wide range of activities which engage people in England in arts activities and help artists and arts organisations in England to carry out their work. Your activity must take place mainly in England. Activities can range from projects and events, to educational programmes, audience development, residencies and much more. For more information see the Grants for the Arts application pack
There are separate grants for individuals and for organisations. Grants for the arts for individuals are available to: artists, performers, writers, promoters, presenters, curators, producers, groups of people (one will need to take the lead and have the main responsibility for managing the application and any grant) and other people working in the arts.
Grants for individuals range from £1,000 to £30,000, and can cover activities lasting up to three years. ACE can award larger grants for more major projects and do not give grants of less than £1,000.
Grants for organisations are for arts organisations, local authority and other public organisations, partnerships, regional and national organisations, organisations whose normal activity is not related to the arts, including voluntary and community groups and groups of organisations (one will need to take the lead and have the main responsibility for managing the application and any grant).
By ‘organisation’ ACE means a single group of people working towards a shared or common goal. This can take many forms – for example a limited company, a charity or an unincorporated group.
If you are applying as an organisation, you should have a bank account with two people who can sign in the organisation’s name. Grants to organisations range from £1,000 to £100,000, and can cover activities lasting up to three years.
ACE regularly organises information sessions and workshops to help you with your application.
Grants for the arts is funded by the National Lottery.
Deadline: Grants for the arts is a continuous programme, so you can apply at any time. There are no deadlines but ACE aims to make regular improvements.
For more information and to apply visit Arts Council England or contact the enquiries team on 0845 300 6200 to request a hard copy of the Grants for the arts application pack