Arts Council England has launched a new £6 million fund that aims to ensure that arts and cultural leaders are appropriately skilled to support the continued growth, diversity and long-term sustainability of the sector. The Transforming Leadership, fund has been developed following research that highlighted the need to invest more in the arts and cultural workforce which also revealed specific issues around the development of executive skills at senior level, opportunities for early career leaders and diversity across leadership.
Leadership development providers such as training providers; universities and business schools; etc are invited to apply for grants of between £150,000 and £1 million, to deliver a range of programmes that together will reach over 500 leaders across museums, libraries and the arts at all stages of their careers and make a significant impact on the sector. The fund will support proposals from providers including those that are able to bring in skills and learning from other sectors.
Funded programmes must begin no later than 1 October 2019 and end no later than 31 March 2022. It’s a two-stage application process with Stage One being the submission of an Expression of Interest by 12pm (midday), 7 February 2019. The fund will be open for full applications in March 2019.