Arts Award Start Up Packages

Are you a Youth Setting or Organisation? This is all you need to know for getting started with Arts Award.

Arts Award | Start Up & Progression Packages

Young People’s Settings and Youth Organisations

The Mighty Creatives (TMC) are offering a number of support packages for young people’s settings, youth organisations, cultural venues and community organisations who want to deliver the Arts Award qualification for the first time or progress their delivery to a new level.

What are Arts Award packages?

Start-up Packages
We have packages available for settings who work with children and young people, including young people’s settings, youth organisations, cultural venues and community organisations.

These packages are for those who don’t currently offer the award and are looking to deliver Arts Award for the first time. These packages will give successful applicants access to training for two members of staff, advice and support during the project and a grant of £500 towards the delivery of their Arts Award.

Progression Packages

This programme is for young peoples' settings and youth organisations, cultural venues and community organisations working with children and young people and who are delivering one or more levels of Arts Award and wish to expand their delivery at a different level from their current offer.

These packages will give successful applicants access to training for two members of staff (if required for progression), advice and support during the project and a grant of £500 towards the delivery of their Arts Award.

What is Arts Award?

Arts Award is a structured, nationally recognised opportunity for young people to develop their creativity, leadership and communication skills.

Arts Award is delivered at five levels, four are accredited and recognised on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) and one is an introductory level. The levels are:

  • Discover and Explore - Can be completed by anyone aged between 5 and 25yrs
  • Bronze and Silver – Can be completed by anyone aged between 11 and 25yrs
  • Gold – Award can be completed by anyone aged over 11yrs

Arts Award inspires young people to grow their arts and leadership talent whilst gaining a recognised qualification. The award is fun, creative and accessible to all. It’s extremely flexible, it can be used in a wide range of activities, including clubs, societies youth groups.

Managed by Trinity College London in association with Arts Council England, the young people taking part use the arts to:

  • Develop and learn skills
  • Develop their creative practise
  • Engage, experience and discover the world of the arts and artists
  • Develop leadership and communication skills
  • Learn to share skills and learning with others

How does it work?

To deliver Arts Award you will need an advisor trained at the appropriate level. This training is offered as part of the packages for two staff members

  • Discover and Explore = half a day training
  • Bronze and Silver = full day training

You can then:

  • Deliver the award in the way that best suits your young people and setting
  • Assess the completed awards as the advisor for the project.
  • Put awards forward for moderation by an external Arts Award Moderator (levels Explore and above)
  • Receive qualification certificates for the young people who complete the award.

For more information on the awards please visit

What will I get?


Grant of £500 toward delivery/moderation costs


Training for two staff members at the appropriate level

Worth £340

Attendance at a mapping and planning session with a trained specialist to help you plan your delivery

Worth £210

Attendance at our Creative Collab Fundraising workshop

Worth £50

Also included:

Specialist advisor support throughout the duration of your project

Access to tools and resources

The opportunity to share and showcase your work through The Mighty Creatives newsletters and events

How do I apply?

To apply for these packages you must be either:

  • Delivering Arts Award for the first time
  • Or,
  • Delivering at a new level
  • You must be based in the East Midlands
  • Be a young people’s organisation, youth setting or community group.

To apply for a package, you need to check you are eligible for the funding (see below) and complete the application form.

Download printable application info here.

Return it to us at by the deadline 5pm Monday 9th October 2017 .

What do I have to do?

  • For Discover and Explore level we are looking to support organisations who can take through a minimum of 35 young people.
  • For Bronze and Silver we are looking to support organisations who can take through a minimum of 20 young people.

NB These numbers are guidance, if you feel your organisation has other considerations (e.g. working in a SEN setting or a small school) please get in touch with us.

  • You need to commit to two members of staff being trained as an Arts Award Advisor on the dates specified below
  • You need to submit your Arts Awards for Moderation by 1st March 2018 or before.
  • You will need to provide TMC with project updates and a final project report at the end of your delivery


  • We are looking for proposals with ambitious plans for Arts Award.
  • We are looking for young people’s organisations, youth settings or community groups settings based in the East Midlands who want to deliver the award for the first time or are looking to deliver the award at a different level from their current offer
  • We are looking for settings to trial, test and pilot the delivery of the award within their setting and are looking to embed the award in their future work
  • We are looking for settings who can share what impact they believe delivering Arts Award will have on the young people they work with.

Also settings that are able to demonstrate how this links to their future planning.

Dates for your calendar

Deadline for applications: 5pm on Monday 9th October 2017

Training dates – Please make sure you have members off staff available on the relevant date

  • 8th November 2017 for Bronze and Silver in Nottingham. All day training followed by twilight mapping and planning session.
  • 10th November 2017 for Discover and Explore at LCB Depot in Leicester. Half day training followed by an afternoon mapping and planning session.

1st March 2018 Delivery and Moderation Deadline


Why do Arts Award?

  • Schools and youth settings have reported the award has had a positive impact on Children and young peoples leadership and communications skills
  • Arts Award raises aspirations and provides motivation for young people. The award helps students build skills they need for success in Society, further education and employment.
  • The four qualifications are recognised on the RQF. Accreditation starts at entry Level 3 and goes up to Level 3, which has UCAS points attached. There is also an introductory level.
  • Training staff as an advisor supports their professional development.
  • Arts Award can provide a great way to bring arts and cultural experiences to the children and young people you work with, supporting ACE’s Cultural Education Challenge.
  • And it’s fun!

What Can I spend the grant money on?

Arts Award Log books or guidance
• Fees for workshops with a professional specialist
• General art materials and printing costs
• Tickets and travel for events
• Hire of specialist equipment or specialist venue
• Certification and moderation costs
• Specific access requirements e.g. BSL/other translators; assistive technology specifically related to the Arts Award project

I have more questions, who can I talk to?

If you have any more questions about these packages, please contact Sophie or Lorrie on 0116 2616 834 or email
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