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Arts Council England announces 2015/16 funding allocation to arts organisations and museums

The funder (Alan Davey, chief executive) is launching an open-access grants fund for museums and aims to develop resilience in the sector

Arts Council England has set out how it will allocate funding totalling £566.8m to arts organisations and museums in 2015/16.

The funder opened its application process for 2015 to 2018 and set out its funding plans for the same period yesterday.

ACE said organisations it funded would receive money over three years, but it was able to confirm funding levels only for the year 2015/16. Funding for the other two years would be subject to ACE’s settlement from the government, it said. 

The arts budget for 2015/16 includes three main funding streams: the national portfolio for arts organisations programme, which includes £271m of grants from the government and about £60m of National Lottery funding; the grants for the arts programme, which is worth £70m and will support individual artists, community and cultural organisations; and the strategic fund, which is worth £127m and will support the wider development of arts organisations, participants and audiences across England.

The museums budget for 2015/16 has three main funding streams. These include the major partner museums programme, which is worth £21.5m, and a strategic fund, worth about £7.3m, to target particular challenges, opportunities or gaps, ACE said.

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