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Grants for the arts

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What is grants for the arts?

Grants for the arts is Arts Council’s Lottery-funded grant programme for individuals, organisations libraries and museums who use the arts in their work.

There are grants available for activities carried out over a set period which engage people in England in arts activities and help artists and arts organisations in England carry out their work.



  • Grants for the arts are for individuals, organisations involved in arts related activity and other people who use the arts in their work.
  • Arts Council can only make grants to individuals and organisations based within the European Union.
  • Activities must be clearly related to the arts and must be project-based, up to a maximum of three years in length.
  • Grants usually fund up to 90 per cent of the cost of an activity.


What will the grant fund?

You can apply for grants from £1,000 to £100,000 to support a variety of arts-related activities. This can include music, performance, visual arts, dance, literature or combined arts.


Deadline for applications

Grants for the arts is a continuous programme, so you can apply at any time. There are no deadlines but you need to allow enough time between when you apply and when your activity starts.


Next steps

Apply online

In January 2016, Arts Council England introduced a new grant management system. The new system allows applicants to manage all of their projects online. All applications, decision letters, payment requests and communications about your application are managed through the online system.

To make an application on their online system, you must have a validated applicant profile. They take up to five working days to validate a profile, so you must take this into account when you’re thinking about when to apply. Note: You cannot start your application until your applicant profile is validated.

There are full instructions for making an application using their online system in the How to apply guidance below.

How to apply: Grants of £15,000 and under

How to apply: Grants over £15,000

Step by step guide to applying for funding

Additional support

You might also be interested in looking at their information sheets before making a start on your application.

The information sheets offer guidance on specific areas of the application process and specific types of activity.

Click here to find out more

After you apply

Once you have submitted your online application you will receive an auto confirmation email. This will be sent to the email address which you used to log on to the portal. The email will include a PDF copy of your application for your reference.

Arts Council need 6 weeks to process applications for £15,000 and under they need 12 weeks for applications for more than £15,000


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