Bounce Back Creative Development Fellowships


Enterprising Barnsley, Barnsley Council’s business support service, is launching an open call to independent creative practitioners, artists, producers and cultural or heritage organisations based in Barnsley to apply for a fellowship of £1500 to help them move to the next stage in their practice or organisational development. The programme is funded by the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority (SYMCA) utilising Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) monies dedicated to supporting the cultural and creative industries across the region.

This project is one of seven Prioritised Recovery Projects, part of a £2 million economic investment, funded by Barnsley Council and Sheffield City Region. As part of Barnsley’s Economic Recovery Action Plan, these projects will help the local economy bounce back from Covid. The programme aims to support people, businesses, traders, charities or community organisations to safeguard existing jobs as well as creating new jobs and businesses.

We recognise that 2020 has been a particularly hard time for those working in the creative industries, with many individual practitioners and creative businesses losing work and income. This support programme is designed to support individuals and organisations to rebuild and grow post Covid, as well as connect and network together to increase connectivity across the sectors. These fellowships will support development by allowing artists and cultural practitioners to innovate and take creative risks, develop sustainable practices, work in new ways and eventually reach new audiences.

Beneficiaries of the fellowships will also commit to join a cohort of the recently commissioned Bounce Back programme developed by Mutual Ventures. To find out more about the programme click here.

What We Are Looking For

We are inviting applications to our Creative Fellowships for development activities from individuals, companies and organisations based in Barnsley and working in the cultural and creative industries. A Creative Fellowship includes a fixed grant of £1500 and dedicated creative industries business support Whist the grant amount is fixed, we expect to see this invested into activities and expenditure that can further develop your creative practice or business.

The term ‘creative practitioners’ includes the following: dancers, choreographers, writers, translators, producers, publishers, editors, musicians, conductors, composers, actors, directors, designers, artists, craft makers, curators, and digital practitioners.

Examples of the type of activity your application could cover includes:

  • Attending a conference or event and building your networks for future work
  • Attending a course to develop your practice
  • Linking up with an artist mentor in another part of the region or country to access ongoing support
  • Time taken to collaborate with another artist to produce work
  • Accessing advice and support on developing your creative business or organisation such as fundraising, marketing, governance or business planning)
  • Help with studio costs, or help with the costs of technology to enable you to do your work better or adapt your work to current circumstances
  • Time to research/produce work that will move your practice/organisation forward

This is not an exhaustive list and we will consider any application which can demonstrate how the fellowship will help you or your organisation to innovate and build a successful practice.


To apply for the Bounce Back Creative Development Fellowship, please provide:


  1. Your contact details (name, phone number, address, email)
  2. A brief statement about your work to date (no more than 300 words)
  3. Tell us about the development activity you want to undertake and how you will do it
  4. Tell us what you hope to get out of the development activity, why it is needed now and the future opportunities it may lead to (no more than 300 words)
  5. Tell us about your connections and commitment to the cultural development of Barnsley and wider South Yorkshire (no more than 300 words)
  6. An example of your work (weblink or an attachment)
  7. A brief project timeline
  8. An indicative budget for how you will spend the £1500 grant
  9. Any access needs you may have and costs relating to this
  10. The contact details of a professional reference (e.g an organisation or partner you have worked with)


  1. Full contact details
  2. A brief statement of how your organisation is constituted and managed
  3. A statement about the organisation’s work to date (no more than 300 words)
  4. Tell us about the developmental activity that the organisation will undertake and how it will be done (no more than 300 words)
  5. Tell us what the organisation hopes to get out of developmental activity, why it is needed now and the future opportunities it may lead to (no more than 300 words)
  6. Tell us about the organisations connections and commitment to the cultural development of Barnsley and the wider SYMCA (no more than 300 words)
  7. Provide a link to a website and social media
  8. A brief project timeline
  9. An indicative budget of how you will spend the £1500 grant.
  10. Any access needs you may have and costs relating to this
  11. The contact details of a professional reference (e.g an organisation or partner you have worked with)

Applications are to be sent by completing an application form or video link (max length 5 minutes). If you are submitting a video, please clearly indicate which question each response refers to. Videos over 5 minutes in length will not be accepted.

To check your eligibility and express interest in the Creative Development Fellowships, please complete the form below. Eligible individuals and organisations will then be invited to submit an application.

Creative Development Fellowships

Are you at least 18 years of age or above?
Are you an independent creative practitioner* who lives, studies or works in Barnsley or a Barnsley based creative/cultural business or organisation?
Can you demonstrate a track record of working as a creative practitioner/cultural organisation?
Can you commit to joining a cohort of the Bounce Back programme delivered by Mutual Ventures to support creative, cultural and visitor sectors of Barnsley?
Please provide a brief overview of your project

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