Arts Council England

Mendoza Review demands local authorities connect museums and health

A major, new review of museums has called for better collaboration across the sector to maximise museums’ social impact. The review cites the significant impact museums can have on the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities.

New agreement signed between Arts Council England and London Councils

The new Memorandum of Understanding highlights four key principles: an integrated, place-based approach; building capacity and resilience of the arts and culture sector and the creative industries; extending access to arts and culture; and strategic collaboration and advocacy. The focus is on supporting local authorities to work in more creative ways to achieve their goals.

Councillor Darren Rodwell, London Councils’ executive member for city development, said

Arts Council England Strategic Touring Programme – deadline 17 November 2017

The £35 million Strategic touring programme provides £15,000 and over to projects that enable more people across England experience the arts, particularly in places which rely on touring for much of their arts provision.

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Three-year partnership confirmed between Welsh NHS and Arts Council

The Arts Council of Wales (ACW) and the Welsh NHS Confederation have signed a memorandum of understanding to support the advance of good practice and research; identify how the arts could contribute to health policy, particularly through social prescribing; conduct a review on the impact of creative practice on wellbeing; and advocate for a "mass shift in public thinking" about health. The collaboration aims to make Wales a creatively active nation.

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Equality action guidance

Arts Council England has published a set of guidance for arts organisations to support their development of equality action plans to improve inclusive approaches to diversity.

Celebrating Age Fund – deadline for expressions of interest 31 August 2017

Arts Council England and the Baring Foundation have issued a call for expressions of interest for funding through the Celebrating Age programme.

Grants of between £50,000 and £100,000 are available for consortia with one lead organisation. To be eligible to apply, the lead applicant needs to be Arts Council funded, or have presented work to the public through one of their programmes. More information can be found in the Guidance for Applicants.

NPO Funding

We were pleased to hear that we would remain a part of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio of Organisations as announced recently. The news means that LAHF’s core activity (including this newsletter!) will continue until 2022.

ACE Catalyst Small Grants Scheme – deadline 10 August 2017

Grants of between £10,000 and £30,000 are available to not-for-profit arts and culture organisations, museums, and libraries to build fundraising capacity to enable them to attract more private giving to arts and culture.

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Building Resilience: Fundraising and Revenue Diversification – deadline 31 July 2017

The programme provides participating organisations with 18 months of group training and individual support, designed to accelerate their revenue-generating capacity, with an emphasis on fundraising. The programme is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Welsh arts and health mapping exercise to inform future practice

Arts Council Wales is conducting a survey of existing arts and health activity to inform its approach to health and wellbeing in the future. The survey will detail the nature, scope and logistics of recent, current and future arts and health project. ACW is also inviting responses from those with a professional interest in arts and health, but who do not have a specific project to report on.


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