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Development Programme Fund

What is it?

The Development Programme Fund provides funding for arts organisations who, with vision and skill, can deliver transformational development opportunities for artists, curators and/or producers in their field.

We are looking for programmes that offer deep learning and tailor-made developmental support for individual artists, curators and/or producers at a critical moment in their career, launching new artistic voices.

Organisations will share and uphold our values and principles, and demonstrate a clear focus on meeting outstanding artists, curators and/or producers’ needs through supported development, time and space to grow their practice with integrity.

Time frames and deadlines for 2019:

Applications to the Development Programme Fund have now closed.

Guidance for Development Programme Fund published: 23 January 2019
Fund opened for Expression of Interest applications: 4 March 2019
Deadline for Expression of Interest: 5pm, 3 June 2019
Decisions will be communicated to organisations by: 27 July 2019
If an organisation’s Expression of Interest is selected, they will be invited to submit a full second stage application.The deadline for this will be 30 September 2019. The final decision will be communicated by 8 November 2019.

What can you apply for?

Development programmes funded by us can include but are not limited to:

  • mentoring schemes
  • associate schemes
  • assisting programmes
  • artists on attachment
  • artist residency programmes
  • skills and training programmes
  • commissioning

They may be built around research and development periods, or the creating and presenting of new work. We are interested in funding those programmes that most clearly support artists to thrive on their own terms.

Arts organisations can apply for over £10,000 to deliver development programmes starting from January 2020. There is no upper limit, but we expect to fund approximately 10 organisations to deliver development programmes in 2020, with an average grant of £30,000.

We ask organisations to show an in-kind contribution of at least 10% in the budget and the request to us should not contain more than 10% of overheads.

We expect to understand exactly what our grant would be used for. We can be one of a number of funders and whilst you can have confirmed income before applying to us, we are also comfortable being the first funder to the table and will commit funds in principle, to be released once other funding is secured.

The below form is the form to submit an Expression of Interest. No other form is required.



As well as the guidance on this page, we have created Development Programme Fund, an eligibility quiz and General FAQs. These cover the most common questions arising and are updated regularly, so please read them.

If you have a question after reading the guidance and FAQ, please send it by email to We will acknowledge your email within three working days and aim to answer your question within five working days.

Please note that the advice we give on making an application is on the eligibility and suitability of the activity for the Development Programme Fund only, and will have no bearing on its assessment. You do not need to have spoken to a Jerwood Arts member of staff before making an application.


Development programmes funded by Jerwood Arts must adhere to our core criteria for those we wish to support. This means they must be run by arts organisations for individuals who are:

  • practising artists, curators and/or producers
  • within the first 10 years of starting a practice (an individual’s first professional experience will have been some time between 2009 and 2018, unless they have had a career change or break. See FAQ for details)
  • willing to be bold and take risks
  • living and working in the UK and committed to making a positive contribution to the UK arts sector
  • outside formal education

Additionally, you can apply to the Development Programme Fund if you:

  • are an arts organisation
  • have a single-cycle project or programme starting from January 2020
  • have a professional staff and are an organisation with appropriate governance, capacity and experience

We expect the majority of applications to be for a single cycle of a programme. We recognise that a cycle may take anywhere between a few months to a few years. We will consider applications for multiple cycles, where a convincing case is made for repeating a programme over a longer time frame.

You cannot apply if:

  • you are an individual artist, curator and/or producer
  • you are a very large organisation where the proposed programme is one of many that you run, unless there is an exceptional rationale based on the impact and benefit to the artists, curators and/or producers
  • you expect rolling or future funding for your programme from Jerwood Arts

What you can expect from us

If you are successful, you can expect us to:

  • meet you and connect you with other recipients of our funding through our networks and events
  • be profiled on our website and social media (with your permission)
  • be available throughout the delivery of your programme for advice
  • engage with the events and activities you run wherever we can

If your Expression of Interest is unsuccessful you can request written feedback on your application within six weeks of the outcome.

What we expect from you

If you are successful, we expect you to:

  • inform us of the progress of the project and any significant changes before they happen
  • credit Jerwood Arts as a supporter of the project on all digital and print materials
  • participate in the Jerwood Arts network of artists, organisations and events
  • contribute to our research on support for artists
  • submit a report at the end of the project telling us how it went against your original plan

Expression of Interest selection and decision making processes

Eligibility check and longlist

Applications will be reviewed by Jerwood Arts staff, who will meet to decide on a longlist of approximately 100 applications per round.

Artist Adviser assessment

The longlist will be sent out to at least two relevant Artist Advisers per application, who will assess each of them.


The Artist Adviser and Jerwood Arts staff scoring is combined and discussed at a panel meeting including at least two Artist Advisers and three Jerwood Arts staff members.

Next steps

We expect around 25 applications to be selected for further development. If selected, applicants will receive full feedback and further guidance to develop their proposal. The deadline for the final applications will be 30 September 2019 and they will then be taken forward to the Jerwood Arts Trustees for a final decision, which will be communicated to applicants by 8 November 2019.

What are the assessors and selection panel looking for?

Well thought-out proposals with clearly defined development outcomes for early-career artists and a strong idea for how the programme will deliver them.  Applications will be scored against the following criteria:

  • strength of relevant track record of the organisation and its leadership
  • relevance and urgency of the proposed programme
  • potential of the proposed programme to provide transformative artistic and professional development opportunities
  • how realistic the project is within the resources and timeframe described

We will also take into account the organisation’s commitment to our values and principles.

Applications for the Development Programme Fund have now closed.


You can see all of our 2019 Development Programmes here.

Other useful pages

Development Programme Fund FAQ

Jerwood Arts General FAQ

Our Principles

This fund is being piloted in 2019 and we are keen to hear feedback of all kinds. Please share your comments at