Ambition for Excellence

Ambition for excellence is aimed at stimulating and supporting ambition, talent and excellence across the arts sector in England.

Key Information



Funding activity

Audio-visual, broadcast and transmission, commissioning, digital creation, exhibition, festival, original work, performance, production

Total fund

£35.2 million


Organisations that have submitted an expression of interest and received our invitation to apply, and are a:

  • National Portfolio Organisation
  • organisation based in England
  • museum, or
  • consortium

Key dates

This is a rolling programme, from 28 May 2015 to 27 October 2017. We will receive applications in two stages: an expression of interest followed by an invitation to apply. 

The last date for an applicant to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for the 2015-18 Ambition for Excellence fund is the 27 October 2017 at 5pm.

Applicants that are invited to make a full application will be informed no later than 20 December 2017. From the date of receiving an invitation to apply the applicant will have 4 weeks to submit their full application.

Applicants will receive a decision on their application no later than the 28 March 2018, meaning activity will need to be scheduled to begin on the 30 or 31 March 2018, but not before the 28 March 2018. All activities will need to conclude no later than 3 years from the original start date of your project.

28 May 201527 October 2017