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.

HLF Consultation

The Heritage Lottery Fund has opened a consultation on its funding strategy and priorities over the next five years.

The consultation, which is open until 22 March 2018, will set new strategic priorities for the organisation and will test ideas about how to involve the public more in its decision making.

Wellcome funding changes

The Wellcome Trust has announced a number of changes to its public engagement activity and consequent changes to its funding regime.

The changes, which will be phased in over the coming months will introduce a higher minimum application amount of £25,000 and quarterly deadlines for applications.

Arts Index suggests public funding falling

The National Campaign for the Arts annual Arts Index has shown falls in local government and other sources of public funding as well as reduced business sponsorship for the arts.

Wellcome Trust Scheme deadlines

Wellcome has created a new webpage that captures all the Trust’s upcoming funding scheme deadlines in one place.

Life Changes Trust: Creative and Active Lives – deadline 1 December 2017

The Creative and Active Lives Fund aims to grow opportunities across a broad range of creative and active pursuits for care-experienced young people between 14 and 26 years old to engage with their peers and increase their skills, wellbeing and social connections. It also aims to build confidence and skills amongst staff, families and carers in relation to creative and active pursuits.

Projects must focus on care experienced young people who have at least three months experience of any of the following:

Health and Wellbeing Fund – deadline 21 November 2017

The Department of Health and Public Health England have funding available for voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations to support for social prescribing.

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Survey suggests more than half of NHS doctors are considering leaving medicine

A survey of over 1,000 doctors conducted by suggests that the existing shortage of doctors in the UK may be set to worsen. Almost two-thirds of those surveyed would consider working abroad in lower-pressure environments.

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Health and Wellbeing Social Prescribing Fund

The Department for Health’s Health and Wellbeing Fund 2017/18 for social prescribing is now open for applications. An application pack and application form, plus details of webinars for prospective applicants, are available, the deadline is 21 November 2017.

Governance and the arts

The Clore Leadership Programme, together with a consortium of trusts and foundations, has commissioned an independent review of the governance development needs of arts organisations and museums. 

The aim of the review is to strengthen the governance of arts and museums by identifying resources which are currently available and gaps in provision which might be addressed through a governance development programme, tailored to the needs of arts organisations and museums. The review has been authored by Hilary Carty, David Bryan and Anne Murch from Co-Creatives Consulting Ltd.


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