Research and development can help deepen or strengthen an organisation’s work by providing an opportunity to develop new concepts, test ideas, research new markets and build new partnerships. We want to support arts organisations by giving you time and space to pursue ideas that take you beyond your usual creative practice.
An appropriate research and development phase can be the first step in making a great idea happen. We’re 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.
We expect collaboration to be at the heart of the research and development projects we support. All projects must involve at least two organisations (or an organisation and individual) working together to develop creative practice and ideas.
The kinds of things we can fund
The kinds of applications we can fund are covered in detail in the Research and Development for Organisations Strand Document (you can find that below in the help section).
Theatre and Dance Production Development
We now support theatre and dance production development projects through the Research and Development strand.
We remain committed to providing funding to enable theatre and dance producers to develop work which is exciting, challenging and relevant to audiences in Wales, by supporting a period of research and development to explore new ideas, new ways of working and collaborations.
All applicants must be based in Wales, but we’ll consider supporting creative partnerships between Wales-based companies and venues and those from further afield, providing there’s a demonstrable benefit to artists and audiences in Wales.
Take a look through the introductory document for this strand. You can also read our getting started guide for a broad overview of how we award our grants.
To apply for Research and Development for Organisations 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 your organisation needs to:
- be based in Wales, another part of the United Kingdom, or in the EU;
- be either,
- a company limited by guarantee or a community interest company (CIC),
- a company that shares out profits to its members or shareholders (e.g. a company limited by shares or a Limited Liability Partnership),
- a constituted, not-for-profit community group,
- an education body (e.g. college or university - but not a school),
- a registered charity or charitable incorporated organisation (CIO),
- or a local Authority;
- have a governing document that shows that the provision of arts activity is one of your objectives (unless you’re a statutory body such as a town council, local authority, health body or university);
- have a governing document that that has an appropriate dissolution clause which sets out what would happen to your organisation’s remaining assets (after paying all debts and liabilities) should it cease to exist (unless you’re a statutory body such as a town council, local authority, health body or university);
- be able to show us, through the information you put in your application form and supporting documents, that you have a track record of delivering arts activities to audiences or participants;
- have an up to date Equal Opportunities Policy;
- not be in default on any financial agreement with us (Arts Council of Wales);
- provide evidence from your bank that you have an account in your organisation’s name, and have at two people who can authorise transactions. More information on bank account evidence here.