News & Opportunities

Here you will find all the latest news and opportunities from around the region and nationally. Just click on the 'show tags' button on the left under the calendar to filter the information to your requirements.

Four new funding programmes from Arts Council England

This July, Arts Council England have opened four new funding programmes for applications:

Small Capital Grants

Targeted at NPOs who wish to apply for a grant of between £100,000 and £499,999 for the purchase, improvement, restoration or construction of a capital asset, including expenses or costs that are directly attributable to delivering a capital project.

For this round we will only fund activity taking place between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017. This programme specifically supports Goal 3, ‘The arts, museums and libraries are resilient and environmentally sustainable’.

Creative Local Growth Fund

This programme will support arts organisations to contribute to local economic growth by helping fund activity to support the creative industries, tourism and a stronger cultural sector by levering in EU Structural and Investment Funds from Local Enterprise Partnerships.

We expect to fund five projects across the country from 2016 and five in a subsequent round the year after.

Developing Sector Leaders

Following the completion of the Developing Resilient Leadership commissioned grant to the Clore foundation, this is an open application for up to £1.5m to support and develop sector leaders and good governance over the next three years.

The emphasis is on a programme that will attract a cohort of leaders who reflect the diversity of the country. It will also provide resources to support boards develop good practice. This may be one or two grants.

Arts Council Collection: National Partners programme

The programme will invest £1.8m in a network of national partners for the Arts Council Collection. We want to encourage high impact exhibitions and ambitious engagement activity that will increase the number and range of people experiencing the Collection.

We want more coordinated visual arts touring activity with a greater number of ambitious exhibitions originating from regional galleries. The programme will support existing gallery infrastructure, using the collection to enhance curatorial skills and promote high quality digital and CYP activity.”

Guidance for  the programmes can be found by following the link below.

Programme information and guidance