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Welcome to Make Work: Bradford Producing Hub’s R&D and Grants opportunities for the creation of new work.

We hope this page and the attachments contain everything you need to enable you to understand, prepare and apply for our funds

There are three types of grants:
Just R&D It – £3,000 x 2 grants 
Test It R&D – £5,000 x 2 grants 
Your Idea, Your Way – £15,000 x 3 grants 

This page provides the main information you need to know to help you decide if Make Work is right for you. This information is also included in the downloadable PDF documents. If you decide to apply, make sure you read the full guidance.

If you need any help completing your application for access or any other reason, or if you have any questions, you can contact us at hello@bdproducinghub.co.uk and we’ll get it sorted.

Can I get support with applying?

Yes absolutely! We’re really keen to help artists to put in a strong application, here are some of the ways we’re doing that:

1) Make Work Information Session. Monday 22 March 12am to 1pm.

This will be an open group session where we will introduce you to the grants available, the eligibility criteria and the application process, and answer any questions you might have. Register here.

You can access the recordings of Make Work Information Session here

Guidance on the content, 3 sections:

0:33-13:00 – What we’re looking for and information about the grants

24:27-33:10 – Application Process

34:40-41:23 – What happens if you’re successful and how we work with the projects.

2) Make Work: Building Your Budget with Jenny Sullivan. Friday 26 March 1.30pm to 3pm. 

This will be an open group session where independent Producer Jenny Sullivan will  help you to look into how to cost up a creative project. What to include, where to find prices, things to consider, ensuring fair pay – and how to present this information on our budget template. Register here.

3) 1-2-1 Support Sessions:

We offer applicants initial 30 minute meetings with any of this team. Most of the time that is enough to get the guidance people need, but you can talk with them about any additional support or input you might need from BPH in order to develop your application. BPH has a team of three specialists available for you to consult with throughout the application process:

Independent Producer, Jenny Sullivan is available for artist and creative 1-2-1s: discussing people’s ideas, giving guidance from a producer perspective, helping answer questions, identifying areas that need strengthening. Advising on the application process, how to write your application, and reading and giving feedback.

Access Champion, Vicky Ackroyd is available to provide specialist support and advice to disabled applicants, or to any applicants who have questions or want guidance about being inclusive in their projects.

Production Manager , Ben Pugh is available for artist and creative 1-2-1s, for discussing people’s ideas, giving guidance from a Production, technical and delivery perspective, helping answer questions, understanding costs, and identifying areas that need strengthening.

To book a session with Jenny, Vicky or Ben please follow this link.

Eligibility Checklist

You should be able to tick all of these:
At least one of the creative team has a strong connection to Bradford
The project will happen in and/or be performed in Bradford
It is about live arts and performance
It relates to a new work that has not been performed previously
Your idea is clear and achievable

Timeline

→ Friday 12 March. Applications open, 6 weeks to apply.

→ Friday 23 April. Time: midnight. Application Deadline for R&Ds and Stage 1 Grants

→ Monday 17 May. Latest date you will be notified:
R&Ds – the final result of your application
Grants – If you have been invited to Stage 2

→ Monday 14 June. Time: midnight. Application Deadline for Stage 2 Grants

→Thursday 1 July. Latest date you will be notified the result of your Stage 2 Grant application.

→ From 12 July. Kick off meetings with successful projects

Just R&D It

£3,000 x 2 grants
1 stage process. Deadline 23 April

BPH wants to support ‘true’ R&D projects:
Projects that are about research and/
or development of a new idea.

There is a lack of opportunity and funding available to the sector, which leads to artists being pushed into applying for R&D funds in order to realise full, audience facing productions. These projects won’t
be audience facing and might only reach the artists involved.
We want to give people time to play, test, research and develop ideas. You might not even need to get into a rehearsal room, or you may need to be in a rehearsal room for the whole time.
These R&Ds should happen in Bradford. All projects should involve at least one key creative with a strong connection to Bradford.

All R&Ds have a 1 stage application process. What’s the Big Idea (*big ideas can also be small and intimate)

This is for you to tell us all about the project you want to research and develop, what you hope to find out, and how you’ll know whether it’s been successful.

Test It R&D

£5,000 x 2 grants
1 stage process. Deadline 23 April

BPH wants to support ‘true’ R&D projects:
Projects that are about research and/
or development of a new idea.

Some R&Ds need an audience or
engagement element. The Test It R&Ds
are about trying something out and
will have an outward facing moment or
moments for artists to try out ideas.
We want to support people to engage communities, work with focus groups, test work in front of invited audiences, and most importantly – get feedback.
These R&Ds may happen elsewhere, but the outward facing element should happen in Bradford. All projects should involve at least one key creative
with a strong connection to Bradford.

All R&Ds have a 1 stage application process. What’s the Big Idea (*big ideas can also be small and intimate)

This is for you to tell us all about the project you want to research and develop, what you hope to find out, and how you’ll know whether it’s been successful.

Your Idea, Your Way

£15,000 x 2 grants

2 stage process. Stage 1 what’s the big idea? Deadline 23 April. Stage 2 tell us the details, deadline by invitation.

This strand is about supporting what you want to make. We want to support those great ideas that have been waiting for the right opportunity; the ideas that don’t fit in other funding opportunities because maybe they are too radical, too unusual or don’t meet the restrictive match funding
expectations. The ideas that have bubbled away and need someone to believe in them to make them happen.

We know that £15,000 is not a large grant for live arts, so this may be a contribution to a larger project, or it could be the entire budget you need. Either way, we simply want to understand your idea and what
difference it will make. We also understand that it may take longer
for you to pull together all the funding and plans to make your idea happen.

You can apply to create a new piece of work – you might decide not to make it or premiere it in Bradford, this is fine but you must have plans to perform it here for audiences, and the lead artist or artists must live in or have a strong connection to Bradford.

We’ve set long delivery periods for these grants to allow for flexibility in plans and fundraising, but if you need longer still just let us know and we’ll see what we can do.

All Grants have 2 stages in the application process.
Stage 1: What’s the Big Idea?

(big ideas can also be small and intimate)
This is for you to tell us all about the
work you want to create, the kinds of
audiences you think will enjoy it and a
little bit about the process for creating
it and what it means to you. We will
ask you for more details about your
plans if you are invited to Stage 2.

Stage 2: Tell us the Details:
If you get through to Stage 2 that means
we’re sold on your Big Idea! Stage 2
is about making sure that your idea is
achievable and well considered, including ensuring that we understand any support you’ll need to make it a reality.