Worcestershire Arts Partnership Blog

Monday, 21 December 2015

Changes to Arts Council England's Grants for the arts application process

I’m writing to let you know that we are changing the way that we manage grants.


From 27 January 2016, all new applications for Grants for the arts will be processed through a new online system. Applications for other funding programmes will move to the new online system over time and we’ll let you know as this happens.


We know that many local authorities have applied to Grants for the arts, as well as offering support and advice to artists and organisations on their Grants for the arts applications.

The main change that you will notice is that the application process will become more interactive.


Anyone making an application will need to register online to create an account, and all activities related to the application will then be managed online. For example, once your account is set up, you will be able to make a funding application, receive your decision online and if successful, upload any documentation that we ask you to provide to us.


Why we are making this change

This new system represents the final stage of the cost cutting measures that we began in 2012, when we had to find major savings from our administration budget. We estimate that the system changes will save us £1million each year - money that can be spent on supporting arts and culture in other ways.


Making sure the system is accessible to everyone

We want to encourage the widest range of people to apply for funding for arts and culture. To make sure the new system is accessible to everyone and no-one is disadvantaged by the new online application process, we have consulted widely with specialists in the field.


Lots of information and guidance about using the new system will be available from our website from January. Our Enquiries team will also be available to support people through this change. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact them on 0845 300 6200.


Kind regards,





Hugh James

Senior Relationship Manager

Arts Council England


0121 631 5772/07540 669291

The Foundry, 82 Granville Street, Birmingham, B1 2LH



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