Department for Culture Media and Sport

arts council england funding

Arts Council England is the national body for the arts in England, and is responsible for distributing public money from Government and the National Lottery.

Decisions on the allocation of grant funds to any particular body are for the Arts Council to make, in accordance with the arm’s length principle. These are not decisions for the Government.DCMS does not fund the arts directly, but through Arts Council England. The Arts Council is the national body for the arts in England, and is responsible for distributing public money from Government and the National Lottery.

Individual funding decisions are taken at ‘arms length’ (independently of, following guidance) from the Government, although the Arts Council is expected to account for those decisions and explain them to Government, Parliament and the general public.

National Portfolio Organisations

Arts Council England provides around a number of organisations with annual grants to cover core costs. These are known as National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs). They include:

Grants for the Arts

Grants for the Arts (GFTA), funded by the National Lottery, are available for activities which:

  • are carried out over a set period
  • engage people in England in arts activities
  • help artists and arts organisations in England carry out their work

Guidance on eligibility and how to apply for Grants for the Arts funding – Arts Council England website

Arts Council funding

Total funding going to Arts Council England over the next four years is laid out below (rounded to the nearest £million).

 

 2010/11

 2011/12

 2012/13 (est)

 2013/14 (est)

 2014/15 (est)

 Grant-in-aid

 449,000,000

 388,000,000

 359,000,000

 348,000,000

 343,000,000

 Lottery

 151,000,000

 182,000,000

 243,000,000

 260,000,000

 262,000,000

 Total

 600,000,000

 569,000,000

 602,000,000

 608,000,000

 605,000,000

Whilst Arts Council England Grant-in-Aid will reduce (30% in Real Terms) in this Parliament, we have restored the national share of arts funding from the National Lottery from 16% to 20%, and Lottery income has been rising, from £151 million received by Arts Council England in 2010 to a projected income for Arts Council England of £262 million in 2015.

Overall over £2.9 billion will go to Arts Council England over the life of this Parliament: £1.887 billion in direct Government funding, and over £1 billion in Lottery funding.

Decisions on the allocation of grant funds to any particular body are made by Arts Council England.