Introduction to Arts Council England Funding


The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) is the name of the government body responsible for the promotion of arts across the UK. Through Arts Council England (ACE), funding is distributed to various organisations from money collected from the Government and the National Lottery. DCMS and Arts Council England decide the objectives they wish to meet with regards to funding and then Arts Council England distributes resources accordingly.

There are several types of grant awarded by the Arts Council England, including:

You can use their Funding Finder to find out key information, criteria and closing dates for their funding programmes.

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When making an application to the Arts Council, you should be thorough and careful, bearing the following points in mind:

Read the guidance notes very carefully before you begin writing your application.



The Arts Council regularly reviews their funding programmes, and you can read the most up to date, detailed information about Arts Council England funding here.