How we invest public money

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We invest money from Government and the National Lottery to support arts and culture across England. Explore this page to find out how.

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Where the money goes

Every year until 2018 we’ll invest:

  • £333 million in 663 arts organisations in our National Portfolio
  • £70 million of Lottery funding in Grants for the Arts, our open-access funding programme
  • £7.5 million in museums
  • £34.7 million in our strategic funding programme, targeting particular opportunities or funding gaps to create arts and culture experiences for everyone, everywhere


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Grants for the Arts

Our open access funding programme supports fresh talent, individual artists, communities and organisations

Beamish, The Living Museum of the North. Photo © Joel Fildes

Major Partner Museums

When investing in museums, we work with other funders and sector bodies to make best use of the resources available

Image captions
Top left to bottom right: 1. New Vic Theatre's 2015 production of Dracula. Photo © Andrew Billington / New Vic Theatre 2. The Revenge of Mr Trout! by TongueTied Theatre. Photo © Kyle Davies / TongueTied Theatre. 3. Beamish, The Living Museum of the North. Photo © Joel Fildes 4. Scattered by Motionhouse. Photo © Chris Nash / Motionhouse 5. Gecko Theatre: Institute. Photo © Richard Haughton 6. Artificial Things by Stopgap Dance Company © Photo Chris Parkes 7. Plymouth Music Zone participants making music. Photo © Plymouth Music Zone / Kevin Clifford 8. David Glowacki's 'Hidden Fields'. Photo © Paul Blakemore / Interactive Scientific Ltd.