Here we’ll try to answer some of the queries that we’ve received since launching the Investment Review.
We’ll try to include as many as possible that we think will be useful to others, but we may not publish questions that refer specifically to individual organisations (or me may remove the identity as appropriate). You can ask a question by emailing us at:
To see the answers, select the questions below.
Q1: Is there any preferred budget layout you would like us to prepare to include in the investment review? For mainline applications you have your own budget templates. Do you have something this time around?
A1: No, there is no specific format although you should try and include enough details about main funding streams and expenditure (Local Authority, Earned Income etc) to allow us to assess the reasonableness without including unnecessary detail.
Also you should make sure you include budgets for all the years requested and (it may seem obvious) the Arts Council request figure should agree to the amounts on the application form.
A2. Similarly to Lottery applications if you require a hard copy of your form you can simply start an application and click ‘printer friendly version’ at the top of the page.
You also get emailed a copy of your application when you click ‘save and finish later’ at the bottom of an application page.
Please remember that, unless you have specific access issues with using an online application, you will need to submit using the online form.
Q3. You asked in the 'Guidance for Applicants':Section Four, 4, 'Strategy - How you have used our funding – and plan to use it in the future ...' andSection Four, 5, 'Strategy - How your performance as an organisation...'Where does the narrative for these go? There is no obvious place.
We thought it would be useful to provide some clarification here as the remarks within the ‘Guidelines for Applicants’ do not, as the question suggests, rigidly follow the application form questions in some areas. Strategy is one of these areas.
The guidelines are suggesting what the applicant may think about more generally when completing the Inspire section of the form (and may relate to other sections of the form also). In fact the next question on the form under ‘Creating and Developing the Arts’ is an example of where it also relates to another question.
Q4. In the same section (4.4) and elsewhere you note '... You should also provide evidence...'.But your form does not allow additional attachments. How, therefore, must evidence be produced?
A6. The figures are all attendances/participants regardless of location
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