Strategic Touring

For many people, touring shows and exhibitions are the only means to experience art in their area. Our Strategic Touring fund makes it easier for organisations and artists to bring great art and culture to people across England.

Key Information



Funding activity


Total fund

£35 million for 2015–18, including £750,000 a year from the Olympic Lottery Distribution Fund to support inbound international touring.


Any individual or organisation can apply, including National Portfolio Organisations, Major Partner Museums, libraries and partnerships, networks or consortia. 

Key dates

There are six application rounds each year – you can submit your application at any time. There are three key dates for each round:

  1. The deadline to submit your application (each round closes at 5pm on the date specified)
  2. The decision date - this is when you'll know the outcome of your application
  3. The project start date - this must be at least 12 weeks after the round deadline

See the dates for every round in 2017 >