£18 million is being made available to cultural and creative practitioners over the next 12 months by Arts Council England.
The Developing your Creative Practice (DYCP) funding allows eligible practitioners to apply for funding to help focus on their creative development. The fund can be used to help by supporting research, time to create new work, travel, training, developing ideas, networking or mentoring.
DYCP has a budget of £18 million, and practitioners can apply for between £2,000 and £10,000.
There are four funding rounds between October 2020 and October 2021, and the first round opens 15 October and closes on 5 November.
Arts Council England are also expanding the definition of who is eligible to now include DJs, performer/creators, arts and cultural educators, community practitioners/engagement specialists, movement directors, cultural conservators, creative enablers, creative technicians. If you work in one of their supported artforms or disciplines and don’t see yourself on the guidance list, they encourage you to get in touch and they will help.
They have also changed how long you need to have been out of formal education. Now you only need to have spent one year outside of formal education to be eligible.
Finally, they have also lifted restrictions on how many times you can apply.
Previously, you could only apply to DYCP twice within a 12-month period. But between October 2020 and October 2020 there are no restrictions on reapplying to DYCP. You can still only make one application per round. But if you’re unsuccessful you can apply again in the next round, there are no restrictions on how many rounds you can apply to.
If you’ve previously been successful, these restrictions have been lifted too. So you can apply again immediately.
Want to apply?
If you think this fund is for you, take a look at the Guidance for applicants and make sure you and your activity meet the eligibility criteria.
Need some inspiration? Take a look at the case studies to see what ACE has funded through DYCP before.
Have a question? If you’ve read the guidance and you’re still not sure, you can Arts Council England.