Here are the notes below from my free DYCP session.

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DYCP NOTES FOR MAY 2021 Thursday Session
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You can have camera on or off, sit anywhere, lie down, walk around etc, but lets stay muted until the Q+A.

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Ben is taking notes so you’re welcome to take notes but there will be notes available after.

I’m a independent producer who supports Artists with applications and fundraises on behalf of artists and organizations. In the last 2 rounds I’ve had about 10 successful applications in total so my success rate is pretty high.

I work with NPO’s that offer support so I get invited to ACE’s internal info sessions and I want to share information much as I can. I focus my one to one support on getting more disabled artists to apply, so I do these sessions to try offer advice to as many people as possible outside of that.

None of what I say is ACE endorsed or a magic wand, but my experience.

Basic Info-

What is it?

Grants 2K-10K

If you have personal access costs – that is on top. So if you had 10K in DYCP costs then needed 2K (for example) of personal access costs, that works.

They have increased the programme budget to £18,000,000 for the next twelve months. This budget is available between October 2020 to October 2021, over four rounds. We are currently in the 3rd round of those 4.

The reapplication process has been changed since the last 2 rounds. Now if you’ve been unsuccessful for 2 rounds or successful in 1 you cannot reapply in round 10 or 11.

Deadline is 27th May

Decisions by 5th August

Who is it for and who can apply?

Individuals and small collaborating groups only – for group one person has to be nominated lead


Focus – personal creative development

The supported ACE disciplines in this fund are-

Music • Theatre • Dance • Visual Arts • Literature • Libraries • Combined Arts • Museums practice

This includes designers, technicians, choreographers, creative practitioners, community practitioners, DJs.

You must have 1 year of professional practice accrued- used to be 3 yrs.


development activities that involve the production of artists’ film, video and/or audio work for galleries, cinemas, the public realm, publishing, broadcast or online exhibition or distribution

• applications that involve work in film, video and audio that is clearly related to practice development in our supported disciplines (eg visual artists’ film, screen dance, poetry film, artists’ creative podcasts, artist-led radio drama, sound art etc.)

We cannot support:

• film-making projects that do not engage creatively with the artforms and disciplines we support

• narrative feature films where film is the artform • television drama

You cannot directly apply for film & TV work but if you’re working with video as part of another discipline – for example you’re a poet and you’re encompassing multimedia, that counts, or if you’re a producer learning more about digital producing of theatre, that counts. But Film & TV as primary artforms are not supported.

What do you do with it?

R&D time to TAKE RISKS.

Building new networks for future work. Not about showing your work but building network.

Professional development - course or learning from someone in industry.

Can still travel, but bare in mind covid restrictions still.

Developing new ways of working ie. Digital. Time & space to do this.

Activity has to be within 12 months from when you received the grant.

You MUST show a clear development plan for your practice, this is the key element of this application.

What CAN’T you apply for

Continuation of existing work, where there’s no development of work.

No formal training fees ie formal training in Uni or College. Can do training courses.

Not primarily film / tv - but can if this is your secondary.

No R&D for project - that’s more for Project Grants

No loss of earnings

You cannot apply to Project Grants and DYCP at the same time – you need to await a decision from one of them.

SO if you’re eligible on all this, here’s a checklist to prep for your application:-

- Do you know the main things you want to explore or develop and who or what with

- Do you know how long this will take you

- Do you know how much it costs

- Do you know who might offer a supporting document

- After doing this development, what are the key milestone you expect to hit

I would try to bullet point most of these in advance.

So the application form itself.

It’s much smaller than project grants – probably about a third of the size.

Application form

3 written questions

2 attachments

2 checkboxes

Expenditure budget

Project plan

Please tell us about yourself and your creative practice – 1800 Characters

This is your chance to hype yourself the fuck up

I would frame it initially with the main focus of your artistic, cultural or creative activities. Can you summarise your practice in one sentence? Try it out!

Your main creative achievements to date – for example, exhibitions, productions, publications, commissions,

important pieces of work you’ve completed

if you’ve worked with any established creative or cultural partners

any other information relevant to your track record;

whether you’ve shown that you are ready to benefit from a development opportunity

Tip: make a list of everything you’ve done with headings above them and then select the ones that showcase your need for development best.

Tell us about the developmental opportunity you want to undertake.- 1500 Characters

Arts council read everything in activity. So start date, end date and everything that happens in between, that is your activity.

In your checklist

Know what you’d like to upskill in, write, learn, be mentored by,

The literal activity! What you want to achieve.

Don’t write why - this is for description and precision.

This is your chance to show your clear plan of development – that you know exactly what you need to do to achieve the… whatever

EG: “I am going to do X to achieve X”. Good to have a couple of aims / goals that are overarching to start it. EG: “I want to develop my producing practice through learning about digital upskilling in co-led models”.

Or you might list some objectives, make it really clear.

Then break it down - HOW are you going to do it? Phases / a process / or chunks to form a narrative on what you need.


“I will have mentoring advice from X and my aim with them is to X”

“I will undergo a period of shadowing organisation X which are relevant to X. With them, I will develop X”

“I will have 5 sessions with X to look at X and develop X”

“I will build on relationships with X to look at X and develop X”

“I will make contacts with X to look at X” - this can extend to seeing work!

“I will look at X to develop new themes of X”

“I will undertake training in X to improve my overall skill set for X”

You could break it down into numbered points, or 3 phases. This makes your plan of development really clear.

I will be uploading some example resources of DYCP’s I’ve either been sent with permission or that I wrote on behalf of other people that I have permission to upload these bits to. They’ve been anonymised.

Why is this important for your practice at this point and how will this create future opportunities?

what your main aims for the activity are

why this is the right point to take some development time

what you want this development to lead to; and

what will be different about your practice as a result of this development

So practical applications of that might be;

Are you reconnecting with practice to apply for better jobs? Are you offering a new skillset? Will this training expand your practice to meet the requirements of a commission?

This period will allow me to focus on X which is poignant because X.

This will give me the financial stability to and upskill my X.

What networks might you build? What impact might you have?

Will you create a new company

Will you make all your future work more accessible?

Attachment 1) EXAMPLE OF YOUR WORK portfolio, video, reviews eg.

Attachment 2) SUPPORTING DOCUMENT from someone else not you eg. endorsement / review / letter of recommendation. Better from someone that knows you well & good to tell them what you’re applying for.


Checkbox - Let’s Create outcomes. Take a look at Arts Council outcomes for Let’s Create so you know what they’re interested in funding etc.

Expenditure funding –

don’t need match funding or partners.

If it’s something really expensive, can be a percentage contribution.

Your own fee is important!

Break down to what you need for the period of time being covered.

Good to know how much to pay yourself & good to pay yourself properly – you decide your fee, use

Breakdown into a proper rate - don’t scrimp.

Include fees for mentors / collaborators.

Can include studio time, ticket costs, programme costs,

Project plan - TIMELINE.

Good to demonstrate how you get from point A to point B. Demonstrate the key milestones to get to each place.

Doesn’t have to be too precise by the hour! Can be simple but shows that you know how long things will take and what actions you need to take to get there.

Access Support –

You can also apply for access support to have a support worker guide you through the application and they are PAID by the Arts Council so a great scheme.


Are grants tax deductible is something I’m asked a lot in these sessions – I have some advice from a theatre accountant which I’ll attach to the notes. But in short…


The main DYCP page on our website with guidance, case studies and other info: https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/DYCP

The main written applicant guidance docs, including Easy Read: https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/developing-your-creative-practice/dycp-how-apply

Intro video for the reopened fund, including BSL & captioning: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyt3zGgmvuk&feature=youtu.be

Full BSL guidance (over 4 videos): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHkGwH4c9fQ&list=PLzzBvi5D8s7OLilZd0pdxuA8p8mAbrV-U

White Pube has some good stuff. https://www.thewhitepube.co.uk/fundinglibrary

The Uncultured has a template for the application form on their website. https://www.the-uncultured.com/blog/october-2020-dycp-updated-template

List of Successful Applications + their title and artform