Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants

6 March 2018

Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants is a new open-access programme for arts, museums and libraries projects. It replaces the "Grants for the Arts" programme with a number of changes including an increased budget and more opportunities for creative and digital media. The budget has been increased to £97.3 million each year. Individuals and organisations can apply.

Applications must engage people in England, meet the programme’s four criteria (quality, public engagement, finance and management) and focus on artforms and disciplines that the Arts Council supports.

Applications must include at least 10% partnership funding from sources other than the Arts Council. Grants can support projects that last up to a maximum of three years.

Guidance notes

You can apply at any time. Complete the "Is my project ready?" questionnaire then for detailed project criteria and information about how to apply, please read the guidance notes:

How to apply

Start by creating a user account and applicant profile on the Arts Council's "Grantium" system. The applicant profile will then need to be approved by the Arts Council.

"You cannot start your eligibility questionnaire or application until we’ve approved your new applicant profile, which may take up to five working days.

"During periods when there is an unusually high volume of requests it may take up to 10 days to validate your profile."


Answers to frequently asked questions are available. Alternatively, telephone 0845 300 6200 or email

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