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Visual Arts Development Programme

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The Arts Council has designed this programme to strengthen the visual arts sector by creating opportunities for organisations to develop their capacity and build audiences. 
This programme has its own criteria but all applications should also fit with one or more of the priorities of the programme, as well as with the objectives stated in the Council’s five year plan and within its artform policies.    

Who can apply?

Organisations in the visual arts sector who are in receipt of an Annual Funding Programme grant for  2014/15

Organisations in the visual arts sector who have been awarded at least £10,000 in grant aid from the Arts Council through other programmes since 1st April 2012.  

Application forms will only be made available to organisations after discussions with the Arts Council regarding the eligibility of the proposals.

Note: Receipt of an application form is not a guarantee of funding.


How to apply?

Please consult the programme guidance notes and contact a member of the Visual Arts team before making an application. 

Guidance Notes


Costs associated with projects that will be completed by 31st March 2015.   The Council will not consider any projects which run beyond this date.   Eligible costs would include:-

• Audience Development programmes
• Marketing strategies
• Strategic Research and Development
• Touring
• Exhibition Programme costs
• Artists’ Fees

• Overheads which are not covered by the Arts Council or any other funder

This list is not exhaustive and other projects may be considered if they represent a step change in how the organisation wishes to develop.

All applicants must demonstrate that ALL costs applied for are additional to any funding already awarded either by the Arts Council or any other funder.


• Capital costs, including refurbishment and equipment.