Arts Council England Launches New Grant Management System Built on CSDC’s Grantium Platform


MAY, 2017

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This new system is helping ACE significantly improve its funding relationships with artists and organisations through the enhanced administration and management of grants it provides while generating approximately £1 million in operational savings annually for Arts Council England.  The Grantium system can manage the entire application and review process online, making the process markedly more efficient and transparent.  Grantium is a key component in the £70 million awarded to individuals and organisations annually, as part of the GftA funding program.

Grants for the Arts (GftA) is the first of several grants programs that will be migrated onto Grantium.  The GftA program awards range from £1,000 to £100,000 and supports a wide variety of arts-related activities, from dance to visual arts, literature to theatre, music to combined arts.  The next program slated to be supported by Grantium is National Portfolio Organisations (NPO) and planning for the deployment of additional funding programs is underway.

To facilitate improved client service and to simplify the transition to using the new grants management software (Grantium), ACE has made a series of How-To videos.  These videos are available via ACE’s website or on YouTube and covers topics such as how to create and manage profiles, accounts, and applications.

Althea Efunshile, Deputy Chief Executive of ACE, released a statement at the launch of Grantium and here are some excerpts:

Grantium is a major piece in the jigsaw that supports the Arts Council’s work. Behind the scenes we’ve already replaced our finance system, and with Grantium, we’ll now save around £1 million each year; money that we will re-use to invest directly in arts and culture. But it’s not just about saving money. Grantium will help to bring us into the 21st Century.

One word that keeps coming up from the organisations we tested the system with is intuitive. We’re hoping that all our applicants will find it an improvement to the way we work with the sector.

In 2012, ACE learned they would be required to make reductions of up to 50% to their operational and administrative costs, while continuing to serve the cultural sector.  After a rigorous search, ACE chose to collaborate with CSDC Systems and implement their Grantium application as part of their cost reduction and operational efficiency improvements strategy.  CSDC is now also an authorised vendor to the UK government through their Digital Marketplace.

About Arts Council England

Arts Council England (ACE) champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. ACE supports a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. ACE believes that art and culture make life better, helps to build diverse communities and improves our quality of life.  Great art and culture can inspire our education system, boost our economy and give our nation international standing.

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About CSDC

CSDC provides automation software to government agencies, with the most flexible platform on the market backed by a modern mobile and web user experience and highly responsive support delivery. With more than 20 years of experience in developing their Amanda platform, the company helps government agencies operate more efficiently and effectively by automating Licensing, Permits, Compliance, and Freedom of Information requests.

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