Arts Council disability arts funding slumps

The number of disabled-led arts organisations with Arts Council funding is set to plunge by nearly a third.

Arts Council England has announced that the number of disabled-led organisations that will be part of its “national portfolio” is to fall from 13 to nine (a fall of 30.8 per cent) from April 2015.

The value of grants to disabled-led organisations will fall from £5.07 million to £4.32 million, a drop of more than three-quarters of a million pounds, or nearly 15 per cent.

Those user-led organisations that succeeded with their funding bids include Shape Arts, which has secured £857,000 over three years, and DaDaFest, which has been awarded £586,000 over three years. read more