Following on from my recent post on supporting neurodiverse & neurodivergent artists, here is a simplified & colour coded ‘cheatsheet’ for getting a better overview of what is required for the Arts Council England Grants for the Arts application process (2016 onwards). Scroll down to find the 2 part ACE G4A application cheatsheet.

I am releasing it here under a creative commons licence (CC-BY-SA). It’s a work in progress, and I’d love to hear what people would find useful to add (or clarify) for future use in workshops and with individuals I support. If you find it useful, let me know in the comments below, or on twitter @RachelDobbs1.

Arts Council England Grants for the Arts – ACE G4A application CHEATSHEET

Below you'll find links to 2 documents to be used in parallel:

1. Overview

This document shows the whole Grants for the Arts application form on 3 sheets.
TIP: Print out at A3 to use for notes, brainstorming and planning.

Download PDF Version

Download Google Docs Version

2. Application Questions

This document gives you the ACE Grants for the Arts application questions in full. These are colour coded with the overview so that you can fill in the application form more easily.
TIP: Use this document to work on your drafts before completing the online process via the ACE online portal.

Download PDF Version

Download Google Docs Version

NOTE ABOUT SYMBOLS: When the re-formatting of the information, I have used colour-coding & symbols to help show links / crossovers between the questions and info required. This is my first attempt with this, so would love to know how it works for you!

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Click here to download PDF & Google Docs versions…

These cheatsheets / this toolkit isn’t intended to replace the existing advice and information available from Arts Council England, merely as a re-formatting of the info available to make the process a little easier!

Also, because this version is released under a creative commons licence (CC-BY-SA) it means you (anyone) can improve and adapt it – I’d really love it if you could… Drop me a line in the comments or on twitter @RachelDobbs1 with the heads up!!



Due to changes in the Arts Council online application process, be aware that you have to request access to the online application process (which can take up to 5 days)…


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Please feel free to comment below or tweet me with your own experiences, observations and top tips.

Reflections & responses to the ACE G4A Application Cheatsheet

What has been happening since I published the ACE G4A Application Cheatsheet? See my recent blog post ACE Cheatsheet 1 Year On for some of my reflections and the responses to this DIY approach to addressing the access needs of neurodiverse artists.



I have brought together a number of useful resources for DIY Arts Activity in this post, which gets added to all the time. If you are starting out on am arts project that needs funding, you might might some of them useful too!!

From that list I would particularly recommend Applying to Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts Programme: an unofficial guide by producer, director and dramaturg Simon Day for Theatre Bristol on writing funding applications. Although aimed at theatre makers, the advice included is very relevant for all involved in DIY artist-led activity…

Rachel Dobbs is one half of LOW PROFILE, an artist, educator and tinkerer based in Plymouth, UK. Rachel runs workshops for students, arts practitioners and communities on creative approaches to crowdfunding and DIY artist-led activity, and supports artists with access needs to apply for Arts Council England funding – contact me for more details.