I originally made this post as a little email update for my artists and then posted on Facebook that I'd share it if anyone wanted it. I got a lot of requests so thought I'd post it here so everyone can access it.
This is my initial summary of the new changes to GFTA - becoming Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants...open from 5th March 2018. And the new Developing Your Creative Practice fund - guidelines due in March we think.
I hope that this is helpful - please do have a read through the packs on their website for info straight from the source, this is just my initial summary!
Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants
Asking amount - still up to £15k, then overs filtered at £50k and £100k.
Turnaround - same as before, 6 weeks for under, 12 weeks for over.
Portal - still using the dreaded Grantium, same logins should apply so you won't need to re-sign up as far as I know.
Guidance notes - they have uploaded the new guidance notes which have the updated questions that they'll ask in the portal - see here Step 2: http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/node/7623
Under £15k questions
Most of the under £15k application looks the same. Most notable changes:
- describe your activity section - now ask you to select specific categories for how you'd describe your activity - eg. working with new people, creating or commissioning new work, reaching new or different audiences - etc - can select more than one
- public engagement section - they will now ask 3 questions in this section, all 1000 characters inc spaces each:
--who will engage with your project?
--how will people engage with your project and what experience do you want them to have?
--tell us how you will make sure your project reaches people
So overall it's the same word count for under £15k for this section, just split up differently.
- fair pay questions - we are all doing this anyways because we are great, but they want you to explicitly state:
--Have you used any recognised pay guidelines to work out pay for those involved in your project (including you)? (up to 600 characters)
--If there are other people included in delivering my project, either as workers or volunteers, I confirm I am aware of my statutory responsibilities.
Over £15k questions
Same changes as above, plus:
- addition of this question: how will this project have a wider impact? (1500 characters)
- last public engagement question (--tell us how you will make sure your project reaches people) is now 3000 characters.
- if over £50k, there are extra things that you need to attached like cash flow, detailed budget, audience development and marketing plan, list the risk factors to the project, and more.
Creative Practice fund
In addition to this, they are launching the Developing Your Creative Practice fund, which is more focused on artist/company development opportunities for "early to mid-point stage in their career" artists...whatever that means.
Turnaround: up to 9 weeks
Deadline: 4 deadlines per year
Not a lot of info at this point until guidelines launch in March, but they have included this in the under £15k pack (on page 18) so you can see roughly how they are seeing things split between the funds.