1. New and returning artists: what you should know about making applications

New to the Arts Council?

  • We have a range of funding categories here
  • Check what grants are available here
  • Read the Frequently Asked Questions about funding here
  • If you are a first-time applicant, you must register to apply here
  • For questions about using the funding portal read here
  • Find out who we’ve funded before here

Returning artist? 

  • Check what grants are available here
  • Read the Frequently Asked Questions about funding here
  • For questions abouts the funding portal read here
  • Submit your application here
  • Find out who we’ve funded before here

2. Top tips for making a funding application

  • Apply for the most suitable award for you
  • Make sure you are eligible
  • Read the tips on using our application portal here
  • Double-check deadlines. Do upload your documents in good time

3. How awards are granted

All awards are highly competitive. On average you have a one in three chance of being successful.

This means that even if your application is eligible and great, you may not receive an award.

Two key steps: 

  • Arts Teams check that your application is eligible
  • Peer Panels then score eligible applications, and make decisions linked to the Award Guidelines criteria

And finally…

Take a look at these information slides for an A to Z of applying for Arts Council Funding.