Arts Council – National Lottery Project Grants

Arts Council open access programme for arts, museum and library projects which funds thousands of individual artists, community and cultural organisations has re-opened after closing due to Covid-19.

The fund has re-opened after being closed since March due to the COVID-19 crisis and is providing support to individuals, arts organisations and organisations delivering arts (dance, theatre, music etc), museums and libraries projects that engage people with arts and culture, to get activities up and running again. A broad range of activities will be supported, from projects that directly create and deliver creative and cultural activity and content for audiences, visitors and digital users, to those that have a longer term impact on strengthening the sector, eg. organisational development, research and development and sector support.

The fund is keen to support: applications from individual creative practitioners (including time to think and plan); research and development; organisational development; live activity that can be safely delivered within this period with restrictions that apply due to social distancing etc and activity that closely aligns with the Arts Council’s Equality Objectives.

Most notably, public libraries can now apply for grants to deliver activities addressing any one of the four Universal Library Offers (Creativity and Culture; Reading; Information and Digital; Health and Wellbeing). 

Applications are accepted for grants of between £1,000 and £100,000. The total funding available between July 2020 and April 2021 is £59.8 million. Usual 10% match funding is no longer required due to impact of Covid-19 until further notice. It can fund projects up to 3 years. Grants are for up to £15,000 with 6 weeks assessment process and for over £15K with a 12 weeks assessment process. There are no  deadlines as this is a rolling programe.  Further details at.