Funding: New Arts Council Chief Executive talks about a significant shift in the distribution of Lottery funding and new funding programmes launched

In Darren Henley’s inaugural speech today, Arts Council England is to make a “significant shift” in the distribution of Lottery funding to be invested outside of London over the next three years. More details on the Arts Council website.

The following new funding programmes have also been launched today

  • Ambition for excellence – an investment of £35.2 million will be made to help organisations produce high quality and spectacular events and works of art, particularly outside London. The fund will develop talent and leadership in organisations as well as supporting individual creative projects.
  • Creative writing in schools – aims to place professional writers in schools. Developed specifically for deprived areas and with low levels of arts engagement in the North and South West of England, the programme will inspire children through high quality workshops and residencies.
  • Large Capital grant programme – an investment of £88 million to improve arts infrastructure with National Lottery funds from 2015 to 18.
  • Creative people and places opportunity – an opportunity for existing Creative people and places consortia  to apply for funds to help more people experience and be inspired by the arts. £5 million is available in this round, with a further £5 million in April 2017.

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