Make Work. The funding program that invests in creatives

Bradford Producing Hub's research and development grants opportunities for the creation of new work

Make Work. The funding program that invests in creatives

The Bradford producing hub offers three different type of grant; Just R&D it - £3,000 (2 grants), Test It R&D – £5,000 (2 grants), Your Idea, Your Way – £15,000 (3 grants). 

Just R&D it

There is a lack of opportunity and funding available to the sector, which leads to artists being pushed into applying for R&D funds in order to realise full, audience facing productions. These projects won’t be audience facing and might only reach the artists involved.

We want to give people time to play, test, research and develop ideas. You might not even need to get into a rehearsal room, or you may need to be in a rehearsal room for the whole time.

These R&Ds should happen in Bradford. All projects should involve at least one key creative with a strong connection to Bradford.

Test it R&D

Some R&Ds need an audience or engagement element. The Test It R&Ds are about trying something out and will have an outward facing moment or moments for artists to try out ideas. We want to support people to engage communities, work with focus groups, test work in front of invited audiences, and most importantly – get feedback.

These R&Ds may happen elsewhere, but the outward facing element should happen in Bradford. All projects should involve at least one key creative with a strong connection to Bradford.

Your Idea, Your Way

We know that £15,000 is not a large grant for live arts, so this may be a contribution to a larger project, or it could be the entire budget you need. Either way, we simply want to understand your idea and what difference it will make. We also understand that it may take longer for you to pull together all the funding and plans to make your idea happen.

You can apply to create a new piece of work – you might decide not to make it or premiere it in Bradford, this is fine but you must have plans to perform it here for audiences, and the lead artist or artists must live in or have a strong connection to Bradford.

We’ve set long delivery periods for these grants to allow for flexibility in plans and fundraising, but if you need longer still just let us know and we’ll see what we can do.

The Timeline

→ Friday 12 March. Applications open, 6 weeks to apply.

→ Friday 23 April. Time: midnight. Application Deadline for R&Ds and Stage 1 Grants

→ Monday 17 May. Latest date you will be notified: 

      R&Ds – the final result of your application

      Grants – If you have been invited to Stage 2

→ Monday 14 June. Time: midnight. Application Deadline for Stage 2 Grants

→Thursday 1 July. Latest date you will be notified the result of your Stage 2 Grant application.

→ From 12 July. Kick off meetings with successful projects

So there isn't much time to spare! For more information click here.

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