Arts Council of Wales | Arts Grants for Organisations

Arts Grants for Organisations

This scheme is important to us because it helps organisations to fulfil their artistic potential.

We are ambitious for the arts in Wales, and want the scheme to support quality work. We want to invest in projects that represent the very best of the arts in Wales.

Information about making an application

You may apply to us in Welsh or English. All applications will be treated equally.

Find out if you have the correct web browser to use our online application system.

When can you apply for Arts Grants for Organisations?

The Small Grants rolling programme is currently open.

Please note: We will be temporarily closing the Small Grants programme while we undertake a review of our Lottery funding. The last day we’ll be accepting Small Grant applications will be Wednesday, 10th July 2019 at 5pm. Decisions will be communicated by Wednesday 31st July 2019.

The next Large Grants deadline is:

• 5pm Wednesday 8th May 2019

The programme will then temporarily close while we undertake a review of our Lottery funding.

How to Apply

1. Read our Getting Started Guide

The Arts Grants for Organisations: Getting Started document has all the information you need to know if you’re thinking of making an application to Arts Grants for Organisations.

It will help you with the first important step: identifying whether our funding is right for your organisation and your project. It will also tell you the types of activity we want to support. We call these "strands". There’s specific guidance available for each strand and we’ll tell you how to find this later.

Getting Started: Arts Grants for Organisations

2. Check your eligibility

Only qualifiying organisations can apply to this scheme. You should always check against our criteria whether you're eligibile to make an application to us.

Take the online eligibility questionnaire here.

3. Choose a strand

After reading the Arts Grants for Organisations: Getting Started document and completing the eligibility questionnaire, you can select which strand is right for you.

We call the types of activity we want to support "strands". We are very clear about what we want to achieve from each strand, and how they help us meet our strategic priorities.

We have separate guidance notes for each strand. Please follow the links below to see the guidance notes, get further information about the types of projects we want to support and how to make an application.

Audience Development

To support projects which take a clear, targeted and measurable approach to developing audiences. Select this strand

Business and Organisational Development

To help arts organisations become more resilient and self-sustaining. Select this strand


To support high quality and distinctive celebrations of the best in the arts in Wales. Select this strand

Music Industry Development

To support projects that develop the foundations for a vibrant music industry in Wales and that help music talent in Wales to build a sustainable career. Select this strand


To support the creation of high quality artistic work for presentation to audiences. Select this strand

Programme Support for Venues and Galleries

To support projects that curate and present high quality, distinctive and exciting artistic work that enhances a venue or gallery’s programme. Select this strand

Research and Development

To support experimentation and to enable the exploration and development of new ideas, new collaborations and new ways of working. Select this strand

Taking Part

To provide more ways for people to take part in high quality arts activity. Select this strand

Criw Celf

Developing talent in the visual and applied arts for young people of school age. Select this strand

Training and Professional Development

To develop the skills, competence and capability of those working in the arts in Wales. Select this strand

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