Who can apply for funding?

The Creative Employment Programme in England has now closed for applications.

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The Creative Employment Programme in England has now closed for applications. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Eligible employers are those working across Arts Council England’s footprint of Music, Dance, Theatre, Combined Arts, Visual Arts, Literature, Carnival, Circus, Contemporary Craft, Galleries, Museums and Libraries.

The Creative Employment Programme can fund job roles in enterprise and freelancing, and it can fund roles that are not strictly ‘creative’ e.g. business and administration, box office, as long as the employers fall within the identified footprint.

You can also make an application to the programme on behalf of a consortium (as lead applicant) as long as all of the employers you are working with fall within the identified footprint.

This means if you are a Local Authority and you would like to administer Creative Employment Programme funds across a network of employers within the designated footprint then you are eligible to apply.

Types of businesses eligible for funding

The Creative Employment Programme is for any organisation, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and sole traders, working across the Arts Council’s footprint that wants to provide Creative Employment Programme opportunities.

Commercial organisations are eligible for the Creative Employment Programme funding, as it is part-funding work opportunities, not an organisation’s core business.

We’d like to receive applications from organisations of all sizes. However if it is difficult to make an application due to your limited capacity, we would encourage you to work in partnership with larger organisations.

If you are not sure who you could work with, we can explore this with you, so please get in touch.

Applications from museums and libraries

Museums and libraries can apply for funding where job roles and skill sets are common to arts organisations. For example: front of house, education and outreach, marketing, digital media.

You do not need to be an Accredited museum or formally Working Towards Accreditation to apply for funding. However we would expect those organisations applying to the Creative Employment Programme that are eligible for Accreditation to be within the scheme. We will take account of Accredited status as an indication of organisational quality assurance within our assessment criteria.

Apprenticeship pathways

The Creative Employment Programme will fund any pathway that is relevant to the arts and cultural workforce, including (but not exclusively):

  • Live Events & Promotion
  • Music Business
  • Technical Theatre
  • Costume & Wardrobe
  • Cultural and Heritage Venue Operations
  • Community Arts
  • Design
  • Set Crafts
  • Creative and Digital Media
  • Enterprise
  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Marketing
  • Customer Service.

Organisations from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

Organisations in these Scotland and Wales can apply for funding, provided the new job opportunity benefits a young person in England and the majority of their work takes place in England.

e.g. if you are a circus company that is based in Scotland or Wales, but the new job will support your work in England then that’s fine.

Northern Ireland runs a separate Creative Employment Programme for positions in Northern Ireland.

Applying as a consortium

You can make an application to the programme on behalf of a consortium (as lead applicant) as long as all of the employers you are working with fall within the identified footprint.

A consortium must be made up of a minimum of 5 partners as long as 4 of them are employers within the identified footprint providing Creative Employment Programme job opportunities (e.g. 1 x Local Authority partner, 1 x museum, 3 x arts organisations). There is no maximum limit; however applications to the Creative Employment Programme cannot exceed £200,000.

A lead applicant should be in a position to help support smaller organisations who might not have the resource or capacity to apply for funding directly or host a new job opportunity in its entirety.

The lead applicant can apply for up to 10 per cent of the total funding sought through the Creative Employment Programme to cover administration costs associated with distributing funds and collecting data for reporting purposes.

The Creative Employment Programme in England has now closed for applications. If you have any questions, please contact us.