Arts Council funding: a message from the Chair of Poetry Can


For many years Poetry Can has received the major part of our funding from Arts Council England (ACE), as one of its ‘national portfolio organisations’. You may have heard that, in the recent decision for the 2018-2022 period, several organisations lost their ACE funding. Poetry Can was, unfortunately, one of those.

This was no reflection on the quality of the programmes we deliver or the merits of our application, but on the increasing constraints on funding for the arts and competing ACE priorities. It does mean, however, that we must secure significant new income in order to continue as an organisation beyond March 2018. We are actively working on this, including a ‘grants for the arts’ application to ACE, which would secure the funding we need to operate for 2018-19. We are also exploring other sources of grant funding, and continue to make many of our initiatives self-funding where possible.


By the end of this year, we should have a clearer picture of our prospects for continuing beyond March 2018. In the meantime, I hope you will consider contributing to Poetry Can by becoming a supporting member or with a donation. If you have already helped us in this way, then thank you! And if you have any ideas on possible sources of funding to replace what we have lost from the Arts Council, we would love to hear about them.


Although this is a challenging time for us, we are optimistic about Poetry Can’s future and our ability to help poetry thrive in the southwest – we already have several vibrant projects under way, and many new ideas that simply require financial resources to bring them to fruition. I hope that the readers of this newsletter will be able to play a part in that.



--Lloyd Fletcher, chair of the Poetry Can on behalf of the Board of trustees.


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