Arts Council of Wales | Business and Organisational Development for Organisations

Business and Organisational Development for Organisations

Supporting projects that help arts organisations become more resilient and self-sustaining.

We know that we’re all operating in a tough financial world. So we want to help you to build new and more resilient business models for arts organisations, companies and venues or galleries, as well as help you improve your organisational effectiveness where appropriate. We want to see you diversify your work and business practices in order to make it easier for you to survive in today’s challenging economic climate.

We’re also interested in projects that carry out market research in order to grow markets, and that attract others to invest in your business. This investment doesn’t need to be financial, but can be about knowledge, sharing best practice, advocacy and support.

We want to invest in people too, by supporting projects that empower and equip your staff or board members to develop your organisation’s capability. This might, for example, mean better fundraising, or enabling you to pursue new ideas that may enhance the strength of your business model.

We also want to support projects that strengthen your organisation by developing board and staff structures, and reviewing or developing business plans, financial systems or marketing strategies.

Finally, we know that arts organisations have to be financially secure in order to survive, but the social and environmental impact of your work is also important. We are interested in projects that consider the principles of sustainable development, economically and environmentally.

What are we looking for?

Do you have a project in mind that could be suitable for the Business and organisational development strand? Find out more about what we’re looking for in an application and what funding is available here in the Business and Organisational Development strand document.

Not the right strand for your project? Return to the list of strands for Arts Grants for Organisations here.

Are you eligible?

You should ensure that you have also read our information on Getting Started. You can check that your organisation is eligible to apply by taking our Eligibility Quiz.

If you have a project that you think might be suitable to apply for under this strand, please contact us before starting an application. You can email your project ideas to:

How to apply

If you have a project that you think might be suitable to apply for under this strand you need to discuss it with one of our Development Officers, who will send you a link to an application form if they think it’s suitable for us to consider funding.

Please email details to If you’ve already been working with a Development Officer you can contact them direct.

Please include in your email the following information:

• your name and the name of the organisation that will be applying (if appropriate)
• project title
• a description of your project
• the grant strand you’re hoping to apply to
• how much funding you want to apply for
• location of the project

One of our Development Officers will contact you to discuss your idea and they will send you a link to the application form when they’re satisfied you’re ready to apply.

If you have any questions about the application process please contact us at Questions about projects should be emailed to or to your Development Officer.

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Key links

Download the Business and organisational development strand information

Business and organisational development help notes

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Useful Contacts:

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