Arts Council England Project Grants - Fundraising Working Group Sessions

Arts Council England Project Grants are an open access programme for arts, museums and libraries projects. You can apply for any activity such as performances or workshops which engage people with creativity and culture.

Our Information sheets aim to give you enough info to help you understand whether:
A) This funder will support your work.
B) Your project fits the criteria
C) The application process.
D) Whether it’s worth your time applying for this particular fund.

If you do decide to apply, please do not rely on this page to give you all the information – make sure you go to the funder’s website and read all the information and guidance they provide.

Please note: This information sheet was created by Bradford Producing Hub to support artists to understand funder opportunities and criteria. The information is accurate as of 23/06/2021. 


✔  You must be an individual and organisations provided you: live, or have a business address in, England or the wider UK.

✔  Have a UK bank account in the exact name you’re applying.

 You are at least 18 years old or, for organisations, have an accountable person who is at least 18.

By ‘organisation’ they mean a group of people working towards a common goal with a governing document that covers the type of project being applied for – for example a charity, a limited company or an unincorporated group. 

✔  All organisations need to have a bank account in the organisation’s name, with two signatories.

✔  Limited companies and registered charities need to have a registered office in the UK.

✔  Existing members of the National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) cannot apply for £15,000 and under.

ACE accepts applications for funding from organisations working as a consortium, partnership, network or group. For non-constituted consortiums or groups, one organisation must act as the lead organisation and send them the application. If the application goes on to be successful, this organisation would then be accountable for the grant.

✔  Does your project have a start and end date, and things you want to achieve in that time? 

✔  Does your project allow people to experience or take part in artistic work, museum-focused work or libraries-related activity (either as part of the project or in the longer term)? 

✔  Does your project focus on the disciplines they support? While you may be eligible for funding for arts, museum or libraries-related activity (such as developing or making new work, showing or touring work, residencies or commissions), their funding can also be used towards associated work such as developing skills, marketing, organisational development and project-related overheads.

Arts Council England Project Grants

Arts Council England Project Grants are an open access programme for arts, museums and libraries projects.

Who can apply: Individual artists and practitioners, community and cultural organisations, museums and libraries.

What you can apply for: Arts, museums and libraries projects that engage people in England with creativity and culture.

Key dates: National Lottery Project Grants is open all the time, there are no deadlines.

Grant range: £1,000 – £100,000

Further Information

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

✔   The application form will ask you to describe your project using these criteria.

✔  All applications must be made using the online system, Grantium.

✔  If you are applying for under 15K, please read this document. 

✔  If you are applying for over 15K, please read this document. 


✔  Before you can start an application you need to create a user account and an applicant profile.

✔  You cannot start your eligibility questionnaire or application until they have approved your new applicant profile, which may take up to five working days. In their current situation this may take longer.

Full guidance here. 

✔  Please note information has been directly taken from the Arts Council England, please keep up to date with most recent guidelines and updates via their website.