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Open Application Process Launched For Arts Council Funding - 10 November 2010

Organisations seeking funding from Arts Council England (ACE) from 2012 will have to apply to the new National Portfolio open funding programme.

Following the Government's decision to reduce its funding by 29.6%, ACE has scrapped the regularly funded organisation (RFO) status that had previously given long-term support to arts bodies.

The new programme includes the following major changes:

  • All organisations will now to apply to the same open process.
  • Groups that have not previously received funding from ACE can now apply.
  • Funding will be normally will be awarded for a fixed term of normally three years, but funding agreements may be more flexible in length, ranging from two to six years.
  • Funding agreements will be based on 'clear criteria' and 'shared goals'.
  • Agreements will be based around 'strategic' and 'programme' relationships, rather than the previous 'one-size-fits-all' partnership.

All 850 current RFOs have been guaranteed funding for the 2011/12 financial year, but it is expected that more than100 RFOs will lose funding completely from 2012 onward.

Liz Forgan, Chair of ACE, said:

“Salami slicing our portfolio of organisations would never have been an appropriate long-term response, regardless of our settlement. We want to build a portfolio where organisations, large, medium and small, are able to prosper as well as survive.”

Applications must be submitted by 10am on 24 January 2011 and potential applicants are strongly advised to contact ACE before submitting a proposal.

Successful portfolio organisations will be announced by 31 March 2011.

For further details, please check the Arts Council England website.