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Developing your Creative Practice

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Developing your Creative Practice is a fund provided by Arts Council England. The programme is designed to support independent creative practitioners to ensure excellence is thriving in England’s arts and culture sector.

The fund will create more pathways for individuals, from a range of creative practices and backgrounds. It will allow creative practitioners the time and space to undertake ambitious research and development, helping to make a step-change in their practice.

The Arts Council will invest £3.6 million per year through the programme. Individuals will have the opportunity to apply for between £2,000 and £10,000, to take a dedicated period of time to focus on their own creative development, and propel them to the next stage in their practice.

Applications are welcomed from practitioners who have identified a clear development opportunity. This could be a period of research, time to create new work, travel (including international working), training, developing future ideas, networking or mentoring.

Individual artists and/or creative practitioners in England may apply. The programme supports activities focused on a range of artforms and disciplines, including music; theatre; dance; visual arts; literature; combined arts; and museums practice. The term ‘creative practitioners’ includes dancers, choreographers, writers, translators, producers, publishers, editors, musicians, conductors, composers, actors, directors, designers, artists, craft makers, and curators.

Applicants must apply as an individual, or as a small group of practitioners who usually collaborate in their work. This could include, for example, artists who usually create work together, or writers and their translators.

Round eight is currently open and the deadline for applications is 13 February 2020.


How To Apply

The deadline for Round 8 applications is 13 February 2020.

Round 9 will open on 9 April 2020 with a deadline for applications of 7 May 2020.

There are four rounds per year for this programme. Applicants cannot apply to more than two rounds within a 12-month period. The Arts Council considers a 12-month period to run from the date each round closes, not the date the application is submitted.

Decisions on applications take up to nine weeks from the relevant deadline.

If the application is eligible it will go to a decision panel in the applicant’s local area, who will decide whether or not to fund the project.

Useful documents & links

Scheme - Guidance Document

Useful Links

Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Customer Services Team
    Arts Council England
    The Hive
    49 Lever Street
    M1 1FN
    Tel: 0845 300 6200
    Email: [email protected]

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