Could you use £10k to develop your creative practice?

Arts Council England have launched Round 13 of their fund for artists and creative practitioners: Developing your Creative Practice (DYCP). Here's our advice.

Date posted

18 January 2022

Arts Council England (ACE) have launched Round 13 of their fund for artists and creative practitioners: Developing your Creative Practice (DYCP). This round will open for applications on 22nd February 2022. The deadline for DYCP Round 13 is Tues 15th March at 12 midday.

Please note: If you have made two unsuccessful or one successful application since 10 July 2019, you won’t be eligible to apply to Round 13.

In response to Covid-19, ACE made changes to this fund back in October 2021 to make it easier for a broader range of creative practitioners to apply. ACE recognises that many creative professionals will need to make changes to the way they make and distribute their work in the current climate. They have made millions more available in grants to demonstrate their commitment to individual practitioners. So there’s never been a better time for artists and other creative practitioners to apply for support of up to £10k (plus any access costs you might have).

If you’ve never applied to ACE before, or even if you have, we know this can be a daunting task. All ACE applications have to be made through their online portal Grantium - a system which takes a bit of getting used to. You need to set up a user account and profile before you can apply for the first time and someone at ACE has to approve new accounts. This can take up to 10 days. So, if you’re even considering applying our advice is to get onto Grantium right now and at least set up an account. Nothing to lose - right?

We’ve put together a few resources to help you decide whether DYCP is the right fund for you and shape your application.

We hope these resources will be of use.

Artist's Resource PDF

Project Grants

Arts Council England have also increased their funding for Project Grants, with £97.3 million available for museums, libraries, artists and arts organisations. Project Grants can support projects for up to 3 years. Applications are open all the time, with no set deadlines. Here is a resource for you to use when applying for Projects Grants.

Good luck!