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!