IMPORTANT HEADS UP!!!
New questions & priorities for NEW under £30k Arts Council England Project Grants applications from 22 November 2021 onwards.
This means I have had to take my version of the ACE Cheatsheet offline. Between 2016-2021, these docs were downloaded 21,000 times.
The very excellent arts independents The Uncultured (Ashleigh Bowmott and Laura Sweeney) have stepped in to create a new ACE Project Grants Under £30k template. Follow the link below to download a copy to work on offline to prepare your application.
If you’d like to find the Arts Council England’s own documents outlining all of the questions, you can find that via the link below
For more info on the funding scheme, see https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/ProjectGrants
Writing your ACE application – further help, support & advice
The White Pube’s Successful Funding Application Library
It is always easier to write an application once you have seen how other people have done it. Here’s a super useful collection of successful applications, collected together by The White Pube.
Access Support – via Arts Council England
If you’re applying for ACE funding but need access support, there are a number of ways that Arts Council England can help you. One of these is by paying for a support worker to help you with taking-notes, filling in the application form and submitting it via the online Grantium system.
Here is the step-by-step info for how to arrange funding for this:
- Contact Arts Council England’s Customer Services team on tel: 0161 934 4317 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- They will ask you
- what type of support you need (for ADHD, Dyslexia and ASD this will often be best described to them as “someone to be a note-taker & help with submitting via the Grantium system” – you may have other Access Needs too in addition to this)
- what type of art form, discipline or project you are working towards (for example – visual artist, writer, storyteller, theatre maker etc)
- your name, address, contact details
- how and when you would prefer them to contact you (eg by email, or over the phone at specific times)
- Once they have these details they will ask for:
- the name & contact details for your Access Support worker (so that they can be set up on the ACE payment system)
- how many days you will work with your Access Support worker, and their daily rate
- Your Access Support worker will then get a Purchase Order from ACE for the agreed amount, and they can invoice ACE directly to be paid for this work.
RE: Finding an Access Support Worker – your Access Support worker can be anyone that you feel comfortable to work with. They don’t need to have special training, you just need to feel confident that you can work with them to get your ideas across and to fill out the application form. You may already know someone who fits this description.
If not, here are some people I know who take on Access Support work (and can meet online etc to help you with this):
- Flock South West – https://www.flocksouthwest.org
- The Uncultured – https://www.the-uncultured.com/about-us.html
- Liz Clarke – http://www.lizclarke.org/about
Other useful organizations to be in touch with might be:
- Unlimited – https://weareunlimited.org.uk/contact/
- Shape Arts – https://www.shapearts.org.uk/
- Disability Arts Online – https://disabilityarts.online/
While they can’t always offer Access Support workers directly, they will often know people working in this field (and may be able to make recommendations).
For more info on ACE Access Support, see the info sheet below from Arts Council England.
OTHER USEFUL LINKS:
If you are new to arts & community fundraising in general, or looking to improve your skills & understanding, I’d recommend having a look at this collection of useful resources to get you started…
If you are thinking about crowdfunding to raise match-funding for your project, I’d highly recommend you check out my quick start guide to crowdfunding!!
Rachel Dobbs is an artist and educator & one half of artist collaboration LOW PROFILE. Rachel works on a range of arts and education projects, has a long-term interest in creative approaches to community development and runs workshops, teaching & training sessions for a range of formal & informal groups including students, arts practitioners and communities – contact me for more details.