We want the widest possible range of people to take part in and enjoy the arts. That’s because we know that real, meaningful community engagement can be transformative. But we also know that there are persistent barriers – social, economic, geographical and financial – that can prevent many people from getting involved.
We want arts organisations to be bold, innovative and imaginative in their delivery of participatory arts programmes that reach out and meaningfully engage people. We want to support a broad range of activity, but we are particularly interested in high quality projects that reach out to people living in areas of acknowledged deprivation.
We also want to focus on projects for children and young people, as we know that an active engagement with the arts can transform the way they learn and explore the world around them, as well as helping them develop life skills and raise aspirations.
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 Taking Part 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.