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Arts council reveals NPOs

Museums among 46 new organisations in national portfolio
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The William Morris Gallery, the Design Museum, and Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums are among the 46 National Portfolio Organisations (NPO) funded by Arts Council England (ACE), it was announced today.

ACE revealed that 58 organisations have left the portfolio – there are now 670 NPOs in total, 26 less than before.

Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums, which is also an ACE Major Partner Museum, has become an NPO as one of 10 'bridge' organisations, which have been created to connect children and young people with art and culture. It is the only museum service to take on a bridge role.

The investment in NPOs is £339.5m in 2015/16 compared with £341.4m in 2014/15. This is a fall of 0.56% a year in 2015/16, despite a 36% reduction in grant-in-aid from the government to ACE since 2010.

“Sustaining the national portfolio comes at a real price in terms of the reduced size of our investment in other areas over the next three years,” said ACE chief executive Alan Davey. “We have increased Grants for the Arts, but have cut things like capital spending significantly.

"The long term health of our arts and culture depends on continued commitment from central and local government to invest in our sector,” Davey added.

ACE also announced an increase in the Grants for the Arts budget from £63m in 2014/15 to £70m in 2015/16. But the budget for Strategic funds for the arts has been slashed from £153m to £104m.

ACE said that one of its aims was to increase funding to the regions, without damaging London.

It also wants to encourage the organisations it supports to improve diversity by showing how they are making their work relevant to a wider range of people and creating a workforce that better reflects wider society.

The National portfolio funding programme was launched in April 2012 as a replacement for ACE's Regularly Funded Organisations.


ACE funding 2015-18 (ACE website)

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