The Space- Commissioning Round 2020, Low-Cost R&D

This commissioning round aims to increase the digital reach of arts and cultural organisations by increasing the impact of existing work or collections and allows you to test approaches to extending your work digitally, acquiring new skills and gaining practical, sustainable experience in creating digital content and engaging online audiences. Projects should be able to be turned around relatively quickly and have a measurable audience outcome. They are particularly interested in applications from diverse-led organisations and/or projects that include a focus on reaching diverse or underserved arts and cultural audiences.

Eligibility criteria

  • The applicant must be an arts or cultural organisation whose registered office is in England.
  • Organisations can include museums and libraries if the project is primarily arts focused.
  • In addition to financial support, all projects will be provided with assistance, first during a development phase falling between shortlisting and greenlighting, and again during the project to help fill any gaps in your skills or confidence.
  • The maximum amount of funding available per project is £11,000, dependent on project type, though this could be higher in exceptional circumstances.
  • Organisations must provide at least 25% matched funding, in cash or in kind.
  • The project must produce content that is made available to public audiences and help to build digital production and audience development skills in your organisation.


midday, Thursday 16 April 2020.

They expect to notify shortlisted projects by Friday 22 May 2019. 
In some circumstances, it may be possible to approve your project in a shorter timeframe if you have a particular deadline to meet, e.g. if the project is linked to a theatrical season or live event. If this is the case, please mark this clearly on your application and they will do our best to review the proposal quickly.

You should be willing to share insights gained from the project with the arts and cultural sector via a case study published by The Space after project completion.

Published on:
2 Mar 2020


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