Arts Council England is inviting artists and arts sector professionals to help shape its funding and grants criteria for 2018 onwards by contributing to an online survey.

With its current investment cycle drawing to a close, the body is reviewing three core strands: Grants for the Arts, National Portfolio and strategic funds.

To complement the online conversation, ComRes – the research agency managing the consultation – will be running a number of briefing events and workshops throughout the country in February and March 2016.

Proposals include a refinement of the National Portfolio banding structure, taking into account feedback from smaller organisations regarding the current ‘one size fits all’ approach to funding agreement, monitoring and reporting requirements.

More grants for artists?

The proposal document also notes that individual artists currently have a lower rate of success in Grants for the Arts applications of over £15,000 and ACE seeks feedback on changes to the application process that might benefit artists.

Alongside this, it states that ACE is looking into simple and flexible grants programmes that could support a diverse section of early career artists, and invites feedback on current barriers to participation.

“The future we want to see for art and culture is set out in Great Art and Culture for Everyone, our 10-year strategy,” said Darren Henley, chief executive, Arts Council England.

“Since we launched it we’ve seen many successes, with exciting work and new audiences. We are also facing considerable challenges around funding, reach and relevance. The proposals here address how we invest in the talent and ideas needed to address these challenges.”

Participate in Arts Council England’s online dialogue and survey here

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