Arts Council England has launched a new “fit for purpose” grant application system, claiming it will save the funding body £1 million each year.
Theatres and other arts organisations wanting to apply for grants to the arts awards will be able to manage the entire application online, with no requirement to send or receive physical letters as they did previously.
ACE said the new portal would save £1 million each year, adding that this money could then be spent on supporting arts and culture in other ways.
Deputy chief executive Althea Efunshile said the new system, dubbed Grantium, would “help to bring [ACE] into the 21st century”.
In a blog, she said: “We’re all familiar now with registering for online services – whether that be your bank account, a new tax disc or grocery shopping. With Grantium, once you have created an account, all activities are managed online.”
She added: “You can make a funding application, receive our decision about your application, and, if successful, accept your offer and upload any required documentation for your payment request. We’re cutting out the cost of producing, processing and posting paper letters.”
Though the application system has been upgraded, ACE stressed that the grants for the arts funding programme will remain unchanged.