Today Arts Council England have re-opened their Developing Your Creative Practice (DYCP) funding stream and we've updated our Word doc template which you can download above.
Read the full guidance notes on ACE's website here.
Summary of funding and any notable changes:
Overall budget for this funding
Increased budget of £18 million to distribute over the next 12 months (October 2020 to October 2021), across 4 rounds.
Who is this for?
ACE have expanded the definition of who can apply:
"What do we mean by creative practitioner? The list included in the guidance has now been expanded to include DJs, performer/creators, arts and cultural educators, community practitioners/engagement specialists, movement directors, cultural conservators, creative enablers, creative technicians.
You also now only need to have had one years’ experience outside of a formal educational setting.
If you’re working in one of our supported artforms or disciplines and don’t see yourself in the list, get in touch and we can let you know if your practice is something we can support."
If you work in film, video and audio, see the guidance notes for a breakdown of what can be support and what can't.
How much can I apply for?
You can apply for between £2,000 to £10,000.
What is the turnaround?
Decisions from this first round will be the week commencing 21st December 2020 (up to 9 weeks).
What can I apply for?
Activities can be up to one year in length.
"Some examples of things you can apply for are:
• building new networks for future development/presentation of work
• creating new work
• experimenting with new collaborators or partners
• international travel to explore other practice or work with mentors
• professional development activities
• research and development time to explore practice and take risks
• taking time to reflect on the impact of Covid-19 on your practice and practical steps to support your work to be more sustainable in future"
Check out these case studies for ideas.
But will I get it?
"Applicants must show a clear development plan to be eligible for this programme. This is a competitive programme – we receive many more good applications than we are able to fund.
Strong applications are those that can demonstrate a real impact on people’s cultural and creative development in England."
How many times can I apply across the year?
"Previously, you could only apply to DYCP twice within a 12-month period. But between October 2020 and October 2021 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 may rounds you can apply to."
Can I apply again if I've already had DYCP funding?
Yes! If you’ve previously been successful, these restrictions have been lifted too so you can now apply for any and all round of DYCP in this period.
Can I apply if I have a current Project Grant application?
Yes! As long as you've had your decision.
Are the questions different now?
No, just a few additional tick boxes relate to Let's Create strategy, public engagement and socio-economic status for their evaluation.
Should I apply for DYCP or Project Grants?