An organisation based in Wales with an arts project that wants to work with digital technologies to:
- expand your audience reach and engagement and/or
- explore new business models
Your proposal must involve a collaborative partnership between yourself as an organisation with an arts project and a technology provider (by which we mean any creative, media or technology company including other arts and cultural organisations with relevant technology know-how) that can provide technology services to arts organisations.
Please note, if you are an organisation with in-house technical expertise you can partner with either a technology company and/or collaborate with another organisation.
Your proposal must fall under one of the key themes:
1) expand audience reach and engagement;
2) explore new business models.
In particular, we are interested in proposals from the following categories:
- Fundraising - using technology to generate giving, sponsorship and membership
- Connecting with rural and/or bilingual audiences
- Digital content distribution - delivering content in new ways
- Social media - using technology for interactive engagement
- Mobile and location-based services
- Big Data Services
- Making the most of archives through digital technology
Your proposal doesn't need to fall exclusively into one of these categories, but we will ask you to say which of these the primary focus of the project relates to.
Projects submitted for the second call for submissions should start on 1 April 2014 and must be completed, with research outputs, by 1 January 2015. Your application should ensure that all work can be completed within this timeframe and include a reasonable contingency for any slippage that may occur within the project. Projects with activity that exceeds this deadline will not be deemed eligible for the second call for submissions.
The maximum amount available to projects in the second call for submissions is £75,000 from a total remaining pot of £157,194. Your budget should not exceed this amount, unless you already have third party funds secured to cover any additional activity. Projects that require third party funding that has not been secured will not be deemed eligible for the second call for submissions.
Each eligible application will be assessed on the following:
- How innovative is the digital proposition insofar as it relates to the programme's audience reach/engagement and new business model objectives?
- How important is testing the digital proposition for the wider arts and cultural sector?
Project research and learning/Wider impact
- How well suited is the project to testing the digital proposition?
- What potential does the project have to deliver data and research findings that are of relevance and value to the wider sector?
- What potential does the project have to deliver new products/services that can be shared and used by other arts and cultural organisations?
- How much potential does the project have for further research and development and innovation?
- Technology provider - how well can the organisation identified as the technology provider deliver the work?
- Does the project involve collaborating with other arts and cultural organisations and, if so, what is the potential of the project to support innovation in these organisations?
- How well does the applicant demonstrate their ability to deliver the project?
- Can the project be completed in the timeframe?
- Capacity to engage in the R&D - judge by marketing/sales capacity; buy-in from CEO/senior management
- How well does the project detail the resource requirements, including human resource, for the R&D project? The programme will not support the funding of capital costs and new permanent or existing core staff.
- Does the project have a sound financial plan and does it represent good value for money?
- Is the project conditional on other sources of funding?
Once individual applications have been assessed the panel reserves the right to take a final view across all projects in order to select those that meet our preference for a spread of projects (mix of risky/less risky; large/small organisations; radical/incremental innovations; geographical spread and by type of idea).