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Arts Council launch the Ambition for Excellence fund
Ambition for excellence is a £35.2 million programme aimed at stimulating and supporting ambition, talent and excellence across the arts sector in England. The fund aims to realise significant impact on the growth of an ambitious international-facing arts infrastructure, especially outside London.
It aims to contribute to the development of strong cultural places; to grow and develop talent and leadership in the regions and across artforms; give an international dimension to excellent work, and create the highest quality new work including for outdoor and festival contexts
Ambition for excellence will support the creation of work for major national moments that build on the legacy of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, enabling organisations to reach international and national audiences.
The expectation is that 80-90 per cent of this fund will be committed outside London, to support the Arts Council’s intent to ensure that a minimum of 75 per cent of Lottery funding is committed outside the capital by 2018.
Ambition for excellence is a rolling programme, from 28 May 2015 to 27 October 2017, and applications will be received in two stages: an expression of interest followed by an invite to apply.
Applicants can apply for between £100,000 and £750,000, across a period of up to three years.