Revised for 2021, here’s the current questions and requirements for your Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants application (under £15k). This funding scheme was previously known as Arts Council England Grants For The Arts scheme.
After the massive success of (and feedback from) the original #ACECheatsheet in 2016, here’s a revised ACE Project Grants application cheatsheet for the new Project Grants scheme (2018 onwards).
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ACE Project Grants application cheatsheet – helping you complete the Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grants application
Below you’ll find links to 2 documents to be used in parallel:
This document shows the whole Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants application form on 3 sheets.
TIP: Print out at A3 to use for notes, brainstorming and planning.
- Download PDF – A3 Overview – ACE Cheatsheet (2021 onwards)
- Download Google Docs / Word version – A3 Overview – ACE Cheatsheet (2021 onwards)
2. Application Questions
This document gives you the Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants 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 – Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants Application Questions – ACE Cheatsheet (2021 onwards)
- Download Google Docs / Word version – Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants Application Questions – ACE Cheatsheet (2021 onwards)
These cheatsheets are not 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! You can find all the information you need on the Arts Council England site – http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/projectgrants
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)… See the Arts Council England site for more details – http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/projectgrants
Please feel free to comment below or tweet me with your own experiences, observations and top tips.
OTHER USEFUL LINKS:
If you are new to applying for Arts Council grants, 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…
Similarly, check out The White Pube’s Successful Funding Application Library for LOTS of examples of completed (and successful!) funding applications.
And take a look at Jake Orr’s top tips in The Art of Writing an Arts Council England National Lottery Projects Grant Application.
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.