Arts Council Strategic Touring Programme

Arts Council England is seeking applications for its Strategic Touring Programme, which offers grants to support collaboration between organisations to encourage more people across England to experience and be inspired by the arts.

Open Until:

Posted: 10/03/2022

Touring projects over £10,000 are eligible for funding.

The deadline for the next funding round is on August 24, with further deadlines on October 19 and December 14.

The Programme is providing funding for individuals and organisations to help people across England to have improved access to great art visiting their local area, particularly in places that rely on touring for much of their arts provision.

The aims of the Programme are:

  • People across England having improved access to great art visiting their local area. This includes: Better access to high quality work for people in places in England which rely on touring for much of their arts provision; More high quality work to reach people and places with the least engagement; More high quality work on tour connecting more effectively with people across a wide range of venues.
  • Stronger relationships forged between those involved in artistic, audience and programme development on both the supply (eg artists, producers) and demand (eg promoters, audiences) side of touring.
  • A wide range of high quality work on tour, including in particular more work by and for children and young people, and more work by and for people from diverse backgrounds

The kinds of activity the Programme will support include:

  • Artistic activity including the creation of work to be toured, commissioning, re-production of work that has already been presented to the public, or ‘buying in’ touring work, including incoming international work.
  • Audience development activity including research, work to address access issues, marketing materials, educational support materials.
  • Skills development activity including training, mentoring, networking, opportunities to go and see artistic work or spend time with people in different organisations.
  • Proportionate management and administrative costs including access support for those involved in delivering the activity.
  • In exceptional circumstances applicants can include some expenditure on equipment if directly related to the activity.

For more information on applying visit Arts Council England’s website.

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