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Arts Council England

Arts Council England

Arts Council England works to get great art to everyone by championing, developing and investing in artistic experiences that enrich people’s lives.

As the national development agency for the arts, Arts Council England support a range of artistic activities from theatre to music, literature to dance, photography to digital art, carnival to crafts.

• Grants for the arts
Arts Council England fund arts activities that benefit people in England, or that help artists and arts organisations. If you have an idea for something you want to do with the arts, then find out more about Grants for the arts, Artsa Council England's main open application funding programme.

• Sustain
Sustain is a £40 million, open application fund which provides extra support for organisations under pressure as a result of recession. This is not a fund for failing organisations, but a way that Arts Council England can sustain artistic excellence in the context of the economic downturn.

• Regular funding for organisations
Arts Council England regularly fund around 880 arts organisations on a three-year basis, investing £350million per annum by 2010/11. Arts Council England's support helps to bring high quality work to a wide range of people - as both audience and participants.

• Cultural leadership programme
Arts Council England launched this programme in May 2006 to promote excellence in management and leadership.

• Own Art
This interest-free loan scheme is designed to make it easy and affordable for people to buy contemporary works of art.

• Managed funds
Managed funds allow Arts Council England to identify new opportunities for the arts, take new initiatives, establish new partnerships and address particular ambitions for growth. These funds are not normally open to application.

• Urban cultural programme
The Urban cultural programme provided lottery funding for cultural projects in urban areas across the UK, between 2004 and 2006.

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