Arts Council England funding

Arts Council England champions, develops, and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives, and supports a range of international activities across the arts, museums, and libraries.

International Development

This page gives an overview of ACE’s support for international work in the development of three key areas: Exchange, Partnership, Growth.


Ambition for Excellence

The fund is a rolling programme until 2017 – applications can be made any time.

This is a £35.2 million programme aimed at stimulating and supporting ambition, talent and excellence across the arts sector in England. The fund aims to realise significant impact on the growth of an ambitious international-facing arts infrastructure, especially outside London.


Re:Imagine India Fund

Currently closed for applications.

Re:Imagine India is a joint project between Arts Council England and the British Council that supports artistic exchange and collaboration between artists, arts organisations, and museums in India and England.  The purpose is to create new work and build sustainable networks and partnerships between artists and cultural leaders in both countries, as well as to develop an intercultural dialogue and to strengthen cultural relations based on this exchange of ideas, knowledge, work, and artistic practice.  Project activity is expected to peak during 2017 with the 70th anniversary of India’s independence.


International Showcasing

Currently closed for applications.

The International Showcasing fund supports the growth of new markets and audiences abroad for arts and culture from England, with the aim of amplifying and maximising the impact of international showcasing activity.  The fund is expected to be open for three years and rounds will open for application in January of 2015, 2016, and 2017 with budgets allocated equally across all three rounds.  Applications for multi-year activity are encouraged.


Artists’ International Development Fund

Deadline for round 12 of applications is 5pm on Wednesday 13 April 2016.

The Artists’ International Development Fund is jointly funded by the British Council and Arts Council England.  The programme offers early-stage development opportunities for individual artists, writers, and producers based in England to spend time building links with creators and cultural organisations in another country.


Strategic Touring Programme

The Strategic Touring Programme is designed to encourage collaboration between organisations so that more people across England experience and are inspired by the arts, particularly in places that rely on touring for much of their arts provision.


Museum Resilience Fund 2015-18

Currently closed for applications.

The Museum Resilience Fund addresses the priorities set out in ACE’s mission, Great art and culture for everyone, particularly linked to Goals 3 and 4: supporting a step-change for the museums sector by enabling museums to become more sustainable and resilient businesses.  The fund focuses on any gaps (geographical or otherwise) or development opportunities across the sector, recognising that excellence and the potential for excellence can be found in museums of all sizes.


Arts Council England’s website also lists other sources of funding for the arts in England and a search function to browse funded projects.