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New Arts Council England funding streams

Arts Council England has announced that applications are now open for four funding streams, likely to be worth more than £15m. The funding is intended for cultural organisations, libraries and arts projects. The four streams are Exceptional Awards, Unlimited II, Cultural Destinations and Enterprising Libraries.

Exceptional Awards is a general fund which will provide grants for up to 25 one-off arts projects over two years, with a value of between £50,000 and £250,000.

Unlimited II is intended to support deaf and disabled artists. It will initially make a single grant of £1.5m to an organisation that will carry out a programme of mentoring and commissioning from 2013 to 2016. It follows on from a previous programme, Unlimited, that ran from 2009 to 2012.

Cultural Destinations is a £3m partnership with Visit England. The programme will support cultural organisations that work in tourist destinations, making grants of between £250,000 and £350,000 on projects to run from March 2014 for a maximum of three years.

Enterprising Libraries is a £1.3m fund, which includes £600,000 from the Department for Communities and Local Government and £367,000 from the British Library. The fund will support libraries as hubs for enterprise. Only £450,000 is available to general applicants, in ten grants of up to £45,000.

Further information from the Arts Council England website.