8 November 2021
Arts Council England Publishes New Guidelines for National Lottery Projects Grants
Groups across England have just over two weeks if they wish to apply under the current guidelines.
On 22 November 2021, the National Lottery Project Grants programme will reopen with refreshed eligibility criteria and a new application process, to better align with the delivery of Arts Council England’s 2020 to 2030 strategy, Let’s Create.
Artists, community and cultural organisations have until 19 November 2021 to apply and have their proposals considered under the current criteria. Any unfinished applications will be invalid after this point due to the change in application forms.
Currently, there are two levels of funding available:
- Smaller grants – £1,000 to £15,000, with decisions expected in up to 10 weeks.
- Larger grants – £15,000 to £100,000, with decisions expected in up to 16 weeks.
Funding can support a broad range of creative and cultural projects that benefit people living in England, with a focus on the following disciplines:
- Visual arts
- Combined arts – including carnivals and festivals
- Museum practice (accredited museums only)
Until 19 November 2021, the fund will continue to give priority to smaller, independent organisations and practitioners in recognition of the difficulties they may have faced during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Both the current guidelines and the new guidelines can now be reviewed on the Arts Council England website for comparison.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.