How to Apply for Arts Council Funding

How to Apply for Arts Council Funding
7 Jan 2021 at 05:00 pm
7 Jan 2021 at 07:00 pm

Please note that this webinar is now SOLD OUT. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please email .

With Sam Ruddock (arts consultant) and featuring special guest Sarah Crown (Director of Literature, Arts Council England)

Arts Council Funding for Writers 

Arts Council England is a major source of funding for writers keen to create new work, develop their career, and reshape or redefine their work. The three main sources of support currently open to individual artists from ACE are:

  • National Lottery Project Grants
    An open access programme for arts, museums and libraries projects.
  • Developing Your Creative Practice
    Supporting individuals who are cultural and creative practitioners and want to take time to focus on their creative development.
  • Support for Freelance Workers
    Financial support for freelance workers in the arts and culture community, such as technicians, stage managers, artists and performers.

This webinar will help you understand Project Grants and Developing Your Creative Practice, each of which offers an opportunity for writers to fund their work and expand their practice. It will summarise the benefits and drawbacks of each, and help you approach a funding application with confidence. 

An Introduction to Funding Applications 

We realise how challenging preparing a funding application can be; it’s not a language that all of us know instinctively, but it is one we can learn. We have therefore programmed this free webinar, designed as an introduction to writing a strong application. Arts consultant Sam Ruddock will talk through the basics of funding, preparing an application, and we will be going through some written exercises to help you tackle some of the practical aspects of the fund-writing process.

What You Will Learn

In this webinar you will learn:

  • What Arts Council England funding is available to writers, who is eligible, and how to decide whether to apply
  • The basics of the Project Grants and Developing Your Creative Practice funds, and which is better for you
  • How to think like an Arts Council assessor when writing an application
  • How to summarise and clarify your aims, and communicate these effectively
  • The nuts and bolts of the application itself.

Pre-Webinar Reading

We strongly recommend that participants familiarise themselves with the main website pages from Arts Council England about their funding streams before attending this session. You can find those here:

Who Is This Webinar For?

This is a general introductory webinar specifically for those interested in learning more about Arts Council England funding. This workshop is best suited to people who are new to writing funding applications, are in the early stages of writing an application, or have been unsuccessful in previous rounds. It will also be of interest to people who want to understand and develop their longer-term funding consideration. Please note that we will not be able to answer specific questions about individual applications at this webinar. If you require one-to-one support, we strongly recommend that you contact Sam directly. Do let him know that you came through TLC if you do. Please note: you must be ordinarily resident in England to be eligible to apply for ACE funding.


This webinar will be hosted through Zoom, and will require an internet connection. It will be live-captioned. It will include written text and visuals. The event will include a short comfort break. If you would like to attend this event and have any additional access requirements, please email us at

Unfortunately we are not able to take calls as the TLC office remains closed to protect our staff. If you do require a call, please ask someone to email us in the first instance, and a staff member will arrange to call you. Please ensure you email us at least 30 days clear of the event to allow us enough time to put appropriate measures in place.

The webinar is free thanks to TLC’s Arts Council England funding which has enabled us to cover a speaker fee and live-captioning fee. If you are interested in sponsoring future similar events to help us continue to programme accessible content, please email us to discuss. If you find you are unable to attend, please inform the TLC office immediately by emailing