We know that we’re all operating in a tough financial world. So we want to help build new and more resilient business models for arts organisations, companies and venues or galleries, as well as help improve organisational effectiveness where appropriate. We want to see you diversify your work and business practices in order to make it easier for you to survive in today’s challenging economic climate.
We’re also interested in projects that carry out market research in order to grow markets, and that attract others to invest in your business. This investment doesn’t need to be financial, but can be about knowledge, sharing best practice, advocacy and support.
We want to invest in people too, by supporting projects that empower and equip your staff or board members to develop your organisation’s capability. This might, for example, mean better fundraising, or enabling you to pursue new ideas that may enhance the strength of your business model.
We also want to support projects that strengthen your organisation by developing board and staff structures, and reviewing or developing business plans, financial systems or marketing strategies.
Finally, we know that arts organisations have to be financially secure in order to survive, but the social and environmental impact of your work is also important. We are interested in projects that consider the principles of sustainable development, economically and environmentally.
Take a look through the introductory document for this strand. You can also read our getting started guide for a broad overview of how we award our grants.
To apply for Business and Organisational Development funding you'll need to check if you're eligible first.
Once you’re happy that you’re eligible, fill out the contact form and a staff member will be in touch.
To apply for funding your organisation needs to:
- be based in Wales, another part of the United Kingdom, or in the EU;
- be either,
- a company limited by guarantee or a community interest company (CIC),
- a company that shares out profits to its members or shareholders (e.g. a company limited by shares or a Limited Liability Partnership),
- a constituted, not-for-profit community group,
- an education body (e.g. college or university - but not a school),
- a registered charity or charitable incorporated organisation (CIO),
- or a local Authority;
- have a governing document that shows that the provision of arts activity is one of your objectives (unless you’re a statutory body such as a town council, local authority, health body or university);
- have a governing document that that has an appropriate dissolution clause which sets out what would happen to your organisation’s remaining assets (after paying all debts and liabilities) should it cease to exist (unless you’re a statutory body such as a town council, local authority, health body or university);
- be able to show us, through the information you put in your application form and supporting documents, that you have a track record of delivering arts activities to audiences or participants;
- have an up to date Equal Opportunities Policy;
- not be in default on any financial agreement with us (Arts Council of Wales);
- provide evidence from your bank that you have an account in your organisation’s name, and have at two people who can authorise transactions. More information on bank account evidence here.