Arts Council England

ACE funding changes

Arts Council England has announced a number of changes to its funding streams including renaming Grants for the Arts as Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants and increasing the funds available through this stream to £97m.

Strategic funds have also been renamed and will focus on diversity, resilience, innovation in business models, leadership development and creating more pathways for a wider range of people to become part of the arts and culture sector.

Arts Council strategic review

Arts Council England is inviting suggestions and ideas for what to include in its next ten year strategy.

The public consultation was announced in mid-January and will run through the spring with a draft framework published this autumn and a final strategy announced in 2019.

Arts Council diversity guides

Arts Council England has published the Culture Change Guide, a toolkit to support arts organisations in developing a diverse workforce and leadership.

The guide contains case studies and best practice examples from the arts and culture sector and beyond, with guidance on how to recruit and support diverse talent in an organisation, and how to capture and use diversity data.

There are six guides, each is a downloadable PDF:

Government data shows arts engagement stable

The most recent release of the DCMS Taking Part statistics show that arts attendance is broadly stable while library use continues to drop significantly.

The data shows public engagement with heritage has increased over the past decade but there are still overall major disparities between different ethnicities’ engagement with the arts and a 10% gap between engagement by disabled adults and those without disabilities.

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.


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