Arts Council England

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.

Culture UK brings major organisations together to create new work

The new partnership consists of the BBC, Arts Council England, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the Arts Council of Wales and Creative Scotland. Inspired in part by the Cultural Olympiad, themed projects will be developed to attract new audiences to the arts, and develop existing ones.

Poetry and opera will be the themes for 2017, and the centenary of women’s suffrage in 2018.

QMUL and ACE in new partnership

In a first for Arts Council England, the two institutions will come together under a new formal agreement to work on creative leadership, global research programmes, and community engagement. The partnership will also create opportunities for cultural and artistic engagement in London’s East End, where the university is based.

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New ACE chair to push for greater arts access

Sir Nicholas Serota has set out the key principles of his approach to chairing Arts Council England: broadening access to the arts outside London, and improving the arts' status in education in the UK. He has emphasised that improving access outside London will not be at the expense of London's status as a centre for arts and culture.

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Awkward Bastards symposium on disability and inclusion, Birmingham – 22 and 23 March 2017

The symposium will feature artists' presentations, a live portrait painting by Tanya Raabe-Webber, a Radical Practices open mic session and two panel debates and keynote speeches focussing on underrepresentation, exclusion and invisibility.

ACE and Baring Foundation announce grantees for work with older people

The "Celebrating Age" portfolio of 16 projects will champion social inclusion over the next three years. The fund was created in response to the DCMS’s Taking Part survey, which found that participation in arts and culture fell “dramatically” over the age of 75.

A new round of funding will be announced later in 2017.

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Increasingly diverse NPO programme promised by ACE

Of the 1,166 applications ACE has received to become a National Portfolio Organisation, more than half are from organisations which self-define as "diverse-led", according to the Director of ACE’s Investment Centre, Eddie de Souza.

ACE has decided to reduce funding for “four of our biggest organisations” (it has not confirmed which ones) to allow as many as 216 organisations to be added to the Portfolio; and the majority of the £37m budget increase will be spent on funding outside of London.


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