Arts Council Project Grants

Funding priority

Project Grants helps the Arts Council achieve its mission of ‘Great art and culture for everyone’.

It supports a broad range of not-for-profit projects that create and sustain quality work and help people across England to engage with arts and culture.

The programme also supports development by allowing artists, cultural practitioners and organisations to work in new ways and to get their work out to new audiences.

Applications must meet the programme’s four criteria: Quality, Public engagement, Finance and Management.



Type of funder

Charitable trust or foundation

Who can apply

Grants are for individuals, organisations involved in arts related activity and other people who use the arts in their work.


England only.

Funding Type

  1. Capital expenditure
  2. One-off
  3. Project
  4. Regular
  5. Running costs

Grant details

Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants is an open-access funding programme for arts, museums and libraries projects. It is always open, and has a quick turnaround. The Fund aims to broadly reflect the diversity of contemporary England through the grants it awards.


Size of grant

  1. Large (£50,000 and up)
  2. Medium (£10,000 - £50,000)
  3. Small (£1 - £10,000)

Application details

Grants for the arts is a continuous programme, so you can apply at any time.

You can apply for between £1,000 and £100,000.

There are no deadlines but you need to allow enough time between when you apply and when your activity starts. Six weeks is needed to process applications for £15,000 and under, and 12 weeks for applications for more than £15,000.

There are two different versions of the How to Apply guidance document - one version for if you are applying for £15,000 or under, and another version if you are applying for over £15,000. It is important that you download and read the correct guidance document for the amount you are applying for.

Contact Details


21 Bloomsbury Street

United Kingdom

Telephone Number

0161 934 4317


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