Arts Council of Wales | Research and Development for Organisations

Research and Development for Organisations

Supporting experimentation and enabling the exploration and development of new ideas, new collaborations and new ways of working.

Research and development can help deepen or strengthen an organisation’s work by providing an opportunity to develop new concepts, test ideas, research new markets and build new partnerships. We want to support arts organisations by giving you time and space to pursue ideas that take you beyond your usual creative practice.

An appropriate research and development phase can be the first step in making a great idea happen. We’re interested in supporting projects across all artforms that can be the catalyst for new work, or can drive forward our vision for the arts in Wales in an exceptional way. And because of the nature of research and development work, we won’t always expect there to be a defined outcome.

We expect collaboration to be at the heart of the research and development projects we support. All projects must involve at least two organisations (or an organisation and individual) working together to develop creative practice and ideas.

What are we looking for?

Are you looking to fund a Research and Development project? Find out more about what we’re looking for in an application and what funding is available in the Research and Development strand document.

Theatre and Dance Production Development

We now support theatre and dance production development projects through the Research and Development strand.

We remain committed to providing funding to enable theatre and dance producers to develop work which is exciting, challenging and relevant to audiences in Wales, by supporting a period of research and development to explore new ideas, new ways of working and collaborations.

All applicants must be based in Wales, but we’ll consider supporting creative partnerships between Wales based companies and venues and those from further afield, providing there’s a demonstrable benefit to artists and audiences in Wales.

For more information please read our Theatre and Dance Production Development Information Sheet as well as the Research and Development strand information.

Not the right strand for your project? Return to the list of strands for Arts Grants for Organisations.

Are you eligible?

You should ensure that you have also read our information on Getting Started. You can check that your organisation is eligible to apply by taking our Eligibility Quiz.

If you have a project that you think might be suitable to apply for under this strand, please contact us before starting an application. You can email your project ideas to:

How to apply

If you have a project that you think might be suitable to apply for under this strand you need to discuss it with one of our Development Officers, who will send you a link to an application form if they think it’s suitable for us to consider funding.

Please email details to If you’ve already been working with a Development Officer you can contact them direct.

Please include in your email the following information:

• your name and the name of the organisation that will be applying (if appropriate)
• project title
• a description of your project
• the grant strand you’re hoping to apply to
• how much funding you want to apply for
• location of the project

One of our Development Officers will contact you to discuss your idea and they will send you a link to the application form when they’re satisfied you’re ready to apply.

If you have any questions about the application process please contact us at Questions about projects should be emailed to or to your Development Officer.

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Key Links

Download the Research and Development strand information

Download the Research and Development help notes

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