ACE’s £3m more for diversity

Arts Council England has committed another £3m to encourage organisations run by BAME and disabled people.

A second round of Elevate Fund grants will be aimed at organisations not getting regular funding, such as the British Paraorchestra and Extraordinary Bodies (pictured), beneficiaries in round one.

Organisations not already getting National Portfolio funding, including museums and libraries, can apply for grants  of between £75,000 and £100,000. Application is a two-stage process and the deadline to submit an Expression of Interest is midday on May 23 

“Elevate has had a significant impact in terms of diversifying the leadership of our current National Portfolio” said ACE’s director of diversity, Abid Hussain. “and I am confident that the second round of the programme will support Arts Council England to continue its commitment to further diversify the portfolio in the future, to better reflect the communities we serve across the country.”

New round of designation development funding also announced

The third round of ACE’s Designation Development Fund, supporting the long-term sustainability, and maximising the public value, of collections held in museums or libraries recognised by the Designation Scheme, has been announced. 

For the first time, designated libraries will be able to apply for grants between £20,000 and £90,000, for activity starting no earlier than 1 January 2020 and ending no later than 31 March 2020. A total of £2.1 million is available in this round, drawn from Arts Council England’s National Lottery funding.  


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