Arts Council’s £50 million Emergency Response Fund for arts organisations (non-NPOS)

Posted on: 1 April 2020

Arts Council’s £50 million Emergency Response Fund for arts organisations (non-NPOS)

Who can apply?  Fully and provisionally accredited museums with a track record of delivering publicly-funded activity (within the last 3 years).

How much?  Up to £35,000 to be used over the next 6 months.

What can it fund?   

·         activities that will help keep your museum going (e.g. changes to your business model, operational costs like rent and staffing, IT equipment or software)

·         development activities to help restart you museum

·         public facing activities (e.g. digital projects)

What can’t it fund?

·         Projects ACE would normally fund through Project Grants beyond the next 6 months

·         Costs, losses or debts that have not happened because of the Covid-19 emergency

How do I apply?

·         Applications must be made online. Set up a profile on ACE’s online application portal (Grantium), if you don’t already have one.

·         Begin by reading the Getting Started on Grantium guidance.

·         If you have trouble, contact ACE’s Customer Service team at

What is the deadline?

·         There are two funding rounds. You can only apply to one of these rounds

·         Round 1:  9 to 16 April 2020 (12 noon)

·         Round 2:  16 to 30 April 2020 (12 noon).

·         ACE aims to notify applicants to Round One by the end of April.

Important notes

·         You can only apply for one round.  Don’t rush your application.

·         Only apply if you can’t access funding from elsewhere.  Museums will not be able to apply for both ACE and NLHF emergency funding.

·         Remember to explain if/how the funding will help you contribute to ACE’s new strategy, Let’s Create.  How will your work deliver against the three outcomes: Creative People, Cultural Communities, and A Creative & Cultural Country

For more information

·         Read ACE’s Emergency Response Fund: Organisations (non-NPO) – Guidance for Applicants.

·         Go to

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