Developing Your Creative Practice – Arts Council England Funding


Have you heard of DYCP?

Developing your Creative Practice is a development fund from Arts Council England (ACE) designed to support independent creative practitioners to ensure excellence is thriving in the arts and cultural sector. Put simply, it means that there is a pot of funding which is designed to help individuals such as writers to create amazing work.

There is £3.6 million annually to enable creatives to research, develop and make a ‘step-change’ in their practice. Applications can be made for amounts of between £2,000 and £10,000.

The key is that you must identify a clear development opportunity. This could mean a period of time to research, time to create new work, travel (including international working), training, developing future ideas, networking or mentoring.

There are 4 rounds of funding per year and there is lots of support available from ACE to help you overcome any barriers that you may have applying. ACE published a blog with 10 Things You Need to Know about DYCP, and you can read it by clicking here.

In the West Midlands, your main point of contact is Peter Stones, who is the Arts Council Relationship Manager for Literature in the region. So, have a read of the guidance and web pages, and if you would like to ask further questions, or would like support in making your application, email Peter on

Our CEO Jonathan Davidson has said “DYCP is a marvellous opportunity for emerging writers to take some time out from the business of making a living to develop their creativity. Any emerging writer should consider applying and Writing West Midlands is happy to offer advice and guidance.”

If you’d like an informal chat feel free to contact Jonathan on

You can apply for up to two rounds within a 12-month period, but need to leave it for three years if you have been awarded money from the fund already.

Read about the experience of author Desiree Reynolds who used her DYCP fund award to take courses and attend conferences and festivals, to develop her passion.

Upcoming round deadlines:

13th February 2020

7th May 2020

Click here to visit the DYCP web page.

Or you can click here to download full guidance for applicants from Arts Council England.