Arts Council England

Creativity Collaboratives funding – deadline 10 June 2021

Arts Council England is offering funding of up to £360,000 for schools to lead a Creativity Collaborative to test a range of innovative practices in teaching for creativity, sharing learnings to facilitate system-wide change. Working alongside existing school structures, teachers and educators will co-develop creative strategy and pedagogy, test out approaches to teaching and learning, and evaluate their impact on pupils, schools and communities.

Find out more in the guidance for applicants

Arts Council England publishes Let’s Create Delivery Plan 2021-24

The Arts Council England has published the first phase of its delivery plan for 2021-24 in support of the Let’s Create strategy.

The Let’s Create strategy, launched in 2020, describes the Art Council’s ten-year vision to make England a country where creativity can flourish and provide a range of high-quality cultural experiences. The delivery plans will set out in detail how these objectives will be reached.

ACE launches resource to support creativity in schools

Arts Council England has launched The Creativity Exchange, a new platform for teachers and creative practitioners to get inspired and share ideas. The project was developed in partnership with Durham University to explore in practice the Durham Commission's recommendations about the importance of teaching for creativity in schools.

East London Dance Open Door sessions – from 26 November 2020

East London dance are holding drop-in sessions for those who would like support with Arts Council England funding applications. The sessions will provide a digital space to come together to chat through applications, ask questions and share advice and expertise to support each other. They are open to people at any stage of the application process, will be hosted via Zoom and will take place on 26 November, 10 December and 21 January.

Find out more and register for the session

Research predicts cultural sector recovery will be earlier than anticipated

Research from the Centre for Economic and Business Research (CEBR), commissioned by Arts Council England, has predicted that the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund will help the cultural sector return to its pre-Covid gross value added level of £13.5bn by 2022, a full year earlier than was anticipated without government intervention.

Arts Council reveals seven disability and equality principles for Covid-19 recovery

Arts Council England has outlined seven principles for organisations to use in their approach to delivery and recovery from the coronavirus pandemic with a specific focus on disability and relevant Equality legislation. The principles are designed to help the industry make inclusive decisions that go beyond compliance and celebrate diversity.

The principles have been created with We Shall Not Be Removed, Ramps on the Moon, Attitude is Everything, Paraorchestra and What Next?.

Arts Council's National Lottery Project Grants reopen

Following suspension due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Arts Council England (ACE) has reopened its National Lottery Project Grants, with a budget of £59.8m to allocate until April 2021.

ACE has declared it is particularly keen to support:

UK government announces long-awaited arts, culture and heritage coronavirus rescue package

The UK government has announced a £1.57bn rescue package for Britain’s arts, culture and heritage industries, to aid recovery from the impact of COVID-19.

Emergency grants and loans will be made available to thousands of organisations across a range of sectors including the performing arts and theatres, heritage, historic palaces, museums, galleries, live music and independent cinema will be able to access.

The package includes:

ACE publishes coronavirus emergency funding guidance

After launching its emergency response funding package last month in response to the coronavirus outbreak, Arts Council England (ACE) has published guidance on the funds open to individuals and organisations outside of the National Portfolio. Details on the £90 million fund ACE is making available for NPOs as part of the emergency response package will also be shared soon.

Further information can be found here


Developing Your Creative Practice funding, ACE – rolling deadlines

Arts Council England’s Developing your Creative Practice awards grants of between £2,000 to £10,000 to support the development of independent creative practitioners


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