Jerwood Arts staff and Artist Advisers will review the EOI submissions in November, March, May and August each year. EOI’s that have the strongest match with the fund, Jerwood Arts’ values and the types of programmes that represent a gap in our funding may be invited to make a full application.
If you are not invited forward to make a full application, we will give brief feedback on the reasoning behind our decision. Re-applications cannot be made within six months of a rejection.
When an organisation is invited to make a full application, they will be given more detailed guidance and support to develop their proposal. Full applications will be reviewed by Jerwood Arts staff and Artist Advisers against the fund’s aims. Final applications will be considered for funding by the Jerwood Arts Trustees and at this stage of the process we aim for a 40-60% success rate.
Through working with a two-stage process and focusing exclusively on funding development programmes for early-career artists we are seeking to direct our limited resources in the most impactful way. Our capacity is limited to funding around 15-25 active programmes per year, inevitably meaning our resources will never be able to cover all areas. Our decision making will be informed by what we are currently funding, alongside where there is greatest need and opportunity for investment in artists’ development across the UK. As far as possible, we will aim to achieve a balance across artforms, disciplines and the UK over time.
The two-stage application process has been designed to be more efficient for potential applicants and enable us to better manage demand. We are aware it will mean there is a high level of rejection at the EOI stage. Our comprehensive guidance is set out to reduce the labour of application making and help potential applicants decide whether it is the right fund for their organisation to apply to.
As a learning organisation, we are committed to evaluating and updating this approach on an ongoing basis.