We want to foster a supportive environment in which creative professionals can make the best work possible. We want our arts organisations to take the lead in providing opportunities for the development of creative, technical and business skills, through training and other forms of professional development.
We want to help build new and more resilient business models for arts organisations, companies, venues and galleries – and we expect the organisations we fund to demonstrate effective leadership and governance. We want to support training and professional development opportunities that develop the skills and knowledge of your workforce and contribute to your organisation’s development. We believe this investment in people will help shape the future of our key arts organisations, making them more resilient and robust.
We want to support projects that enable creative professionals to develop creative and technical skills in order to raise the quality of their artistic work. We also want to support projects that invest in your organisation’s staff or board members in order to improve your governance, enterprise, financial management and business sustainability.
Projects can include attending an industry recognised training course, attending a master-class, participating in an action learning set, or taking up coaching, mentoring or apprenticeship opportunities.
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 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.