Please note: We will be temporarily closing the Small Grants programme while we undertake a review of our Lottery funding. The last day we’ll be accepting Small Grant applications will be Wednesday, 10th July 2019 at 5pm. Decisions will be communicated by Wednesday 31st July 2019.

The next Large Grants deadline is 5pm Wednesday 8th May 2019. The programme will then temporarily close while we undertake a review of our Lottery funding.

Research and development can have a significant impact on creative practice. It can benefit creative professionals at all stages of their careers and can contribute to the development of all artforms.

We want to support research and development projects that will strengthen your creative practice and help build the appropriate collaborations you’ll need to bring your idea to fruition.

An appropriate research and development phase can be the first step in making a great idea happen. We are interested in supporting projects across all artforms that can be the catalyst for new work, or can drive forward our vision for the arts in Wales in an exceptional way. And because of the nature of research and development work, we won’t always expect there to be a defined outcome.

The heart of your proposal must be the potential of the creative idea. We’re not afraid to take risks when they can be justified – and we want the creative professionals we fund to do the same and go beyond their creative comfort zone.

The kinds of things we can fund

The kinds of applications we can fund are covered in detail in the Research and Development Strand Document.

The kinds of things we can't fund

We can't support applications to buy time out from your usual practice.


To apply for Research and Development funding you'll need to check if you're eligible first.

Once you’re happy that you’re eligible, fill out the contact form and a staff member will be in touch.

To apply for funding you need to:

  • be over 18;
  • live in Wales (with a permanent address);
  • not be in fulltime education (neither school, college nor university);
  • have an artistic CV that shows evidence of you either facilitating or creating artistic work to present to arts audiences (by that we mean people who attend galleries, theatres and other arts events);
  • understand the principles of equal opportunities and apply them in your work (that means an absence of discrimination, based on race, colour, age, gender, national origin, religion or mental or physical disability);
  • be able to provide evidence from your bank that you have an account in your own name (read this for more information).
  • not be in default on any financial agreement with us (Arts Council of Wales).
Fill out your project details, and a member of the team will be in touch
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