Sunday, 14 June 2015

Arts Council England's new funding programme

A new funding programme has been announced which includes the following funds:

The new £35.2 million Ambition for Excellence Fund will support organisations who want to produce high quality and spectacular events and works of art, particularly outside London. The fund will develop talent and leadership in organisations as well as supporting individual creative projects. Individual grants of between £100,000 and £750,000 can be applied for, across a period of up to three years.
Applications are accepted from national portfolio organisations, including private sector arts companies, community and charitable arts organisations, museums that are applying for arts projects and those primarily focused on one or more of the following: creating, producing, distribution and presenting the arts in England. Applications from partnerships can also be made. Consortia may include local authorities, museums, libraries, music education hubs, non-arts and commercial organisations.
The deadline for Expressions of Interest is 27 October 2017 (5pm).
The new Creative Writing in Schools Fund will place professional writers in schools. Developed specifically for deprived areas and with low levels of arts engagement in the North and South West of England, the programme will inspire children through high quality workshops and residencies.
Up to £1.2 million is being invested to fund up to three partnerships or consortia, at least one in each of the North and South West areas, over a three-year period from October 2015 to October 2018. Applicants can apply for a maximum £600,000.
Applications are open to partnerships and consortia in England. The lead applicant must be a properly constituted arts, cultural and/or educational organisation with significant experience in delivering arts and cultural education programmes.
The deadline for applications is 8 July 2015 (12pm).
The Large Capital programme has returned for 2015-18. The Council is planning on investing £88 million in improving arts infrastructure throughout England. The programme represents a new approach to the way the Arts Council uses its capital funds, with investment focused on improving existing arts buildings to make them more economically and environmentally sustainable and to give arts organisations the right buildings and equipment to support the delivery of their work.
Under the current round, there is £45 million available for distribution. The minimum capital grant available is £500,000. Grants in excess of £5 million are likely to be exceptional.
Applications are invited from arts organisations operating across the private and third sectors in England. Eligible organisations are those that deliver arts activities which can engage people in England or help artists to carry out their work.
The deadline for applications is 27 August 2015 (12 noon).

Creative People and Places Fund
There is now an opportunity for existing Creative People and Places consortia to apply for funds to help more people experience and be inspired by the arts. £5 million is available in this round, with a further £5 million in April 2017. It is anticipated that the majority of proposals will be for between £500,000 and £1 million over three years.
This funding is open to current grant recipients of the programme. Applications will only be accepted from organisations working as a consortium. The current lead organisation must submit the application. The consortium must include at least one arts organisation and one local grass roots community organisation. For the purposes of this programme, a grass roots community organisation is a non-arts, volunteer-led organisation.
Activities must start no earlier than April 2016 and no later than 31 October 2016. Activities must end no later than October 2019.
Around 12 applications across the two rounds are expected to be funded.
The deadline for applications is 30 June 2015 (12pm).

Full details on all of these funds can be found on the Arts Council England website

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