Arts Council England withdraws funding from 58 organisations, including charities

List of 670 organisations that will received a share of £340m over the next four years was published yesterday; 46 have been added to the funding portfolio

Arts Council England
Arts Council England

Fifty-eight arts organisations, many of them charities, have lost regular funding from the Arts Council England over the next four years.

The funder yesterday announced the 670 organisations that would be receiving a share of £340m of funding a year between 2015 and 2018.

It said that 58 organisations, including the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond, Surrey, and the RedLadder Theatre Company based in Leeds, Yorkshire, would be removed from its funding portfolio.

Forty-six organisations have been added to ACE’s funding portfolio.

Funding for the English National Opera will fall by £5m a year in the next round, from £17.2m to £12.2m.

The overall level of funding from ACE remained relatively flat after the Big Lottery Fund stepped in to provide just under £70m a year of additional funding to make up for a loss of government money. The BLF gave £29m a year in the current 2012 to 2015 funding round.

The total amount of strategic funds the ACE will have to distribute to projects in areas that it deems to be of strategic value will fall from £153m in 2014/15 to £104 in 2015/16.

Its grants budget, however, will increase from £63m a year in 2012-2015 to £70m a year between 2015 and 2018.

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