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Arts Council capital investment 2015-2018

To achieve their aim of Great Art and Culture for Everyone they invest in both large and small capital grants. More information can be found on Arts Council England new funding finder. Here you can browse their funding programmes and take a closer look at key information, including key dates and eligibility criteria.


Ready to Borrow Capital Grant Scheme

WMMD is delighted to announce the final round of the Arts Council Ready to Borrow Capital Grant Scheme. Museums are invited to apply for up to £50,000 to support them in meeting the collections care and security standards required to borrow from National Museums and Major Partner Museums.

Your museum could join the 11 museums from the region which have already benefitted from this scheme. £56.3k is available and typically museums bid for between £12k and £50k.

Successful applicants to date include:

  • Bewdley Museum’s grant of £37.9k was for improvements to their buildings. The museum is currently working with Museums Sheffield for a loan in 2019.
  • Brampton Museum successfully applied for £12.4k to purchase new cases and improve security arrangements in the temporary exhibition gallery. A loan from the V&A has been agreed for 2018 following these improvements.
  • Winterbourne House and Garden were granted £28k for improvements to one of their galleries in preparation for a loan in 2019 from the V&A

Who can Apply?

The Ready to Borrow scheme is open to Accredited museums and those officially Working Towards Accreditation in the West Midlands

Deadline for applications

This funding programme is now CLOSED.  The deadline for the previous round of applications was 5pm 24 January 2018.  WMMD will notify applicants of their decision no later than 14 February 2018.


Large capital grants

Arts Council England (ACE) are supporting organisations to be more resilient by having the right buildings and equipment to deliver their work. They want to support organisations to become more sustainable and innovative, including increasing their environmental performance and reducing their carbon emissions.

£88 million of National Lottery funding is being invested in large capital grants by Arts Council England over 2015-18. There were two application rounds with £45 million available in the first round and £43 million in the second.

How much can be applied for per application?

The minimum capital grant available was £500,000. Grants of £5 million or more were likely to be exceptional.

Who can Apply?

National Portfolio Organisations.
If you are not in receipt of National Portfolio funding in 2016/17, you can apply if you are properly constituted as an organisation and your Arts Council area office agrees in writing beforehand. Please see page 18 for further details.

Deadline for applications

This funding programme is now CLOSED.  The deadline for the previous round of applications was 20 October 2016.  ACE will aim to notify applicants of their decision no later than July 2017.


Small capital grants

Arts Council England (ACE) are supporting organisations to be more resilient by having the right buildings and equipment to deliver their work. They want to support organisations to become more sustainable and innovative, including increasing their environmental performance and reducing their carbon emissions.

There was a total fund of £32.5 million available for Buildings and infrastructure.

How much can be applied for per application?

You could have applied for between £100,000 and £499,999.

Who can Apply?

National Portfolio Organisations.

If you are not in receipt of National portfolio funding from 2016/17, you can apply if you are properly constituted as an organisation and your Arts Council area office agrees in writing beforehand.

Deadline for applications

This funding programme is now CLOSED.  The deadline for the previous round of applications was 9 March 2017.  ACE will aim to notify applicants of their decision no later than July 2017.

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