Develop your creative practice with funds from Arts Council England

If you want to focus on your practice but don't have the financial means to support yourself, there is a new funding programme for you.

Develop your creative practice with funds from Arts Council England

A fund of £3.6m per year is available to creative practitioners who wish to undertake ambitious research and development to aid their practice.

In March, Arts Council England announced that they had launched Developing your Creative Practice (DYCP), a new programme designed to support independent artists and creative practitioners. The fund is to help individuals who want to make a step change in their practice, or undertake research and development.

Individuals can apply from £2,000 up to £10,000, and you don’t require match funding to apply. 

Arts Council England announced that the deadline for the first round of application submissions is the 16 May 2018, with three other application rounds throughout the financial year.

The programme is available to anyone working in a discipline that ACE supports, including but not limited to Dancers, Choreographers, Writers, Translators, Producers, Publishers, Editors, Musicians, Conductors, Composers, Actors, Directors, Designers, Artists, Craft makers, and Curators.

They even support you if you want to work abroad, stating that they appreciate ‘the value of international exchange and collaboration.’

ACE recommends that you ensure you’re definitely ready to apply when submitting an application as they won’t be able to fund everyone who applies and there is a limit of two applications from an individual in any twelve-month period.

The ACE website details 10 things you need to know about DYCP. More general information about the fund, including links to application guidance can be found here. To apply, you will need a Grantium account, which can take 10 days to get approved so leave yourself plenty of time before applying!


Tom Inniss

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  • Kayt Button

    On 18 April 2018, 09:10 Kayt Button commented:

    So many great practitioners, with innovative ideas and hopefully this will help them get some of their projects up and running. The arts council application system can seem a bit unfriendly but they are a great funder who really understand that arts is complex and that changes in projects is likely and will work with you to sort such things out.

    Go for it and good luck.

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