To apply for the Digital Innovation Fund for the Arts in Wales you must be:
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 identify a clear challenge or opportunity that requires further investigation around one of these two areas. This challenge should have implications for the wider sector, not just your own organisation.
Your proposal must fall under one of the key themes:
1) expand audience reach and engagement;
2) explore new business models.
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.
If your application is successful you’ll be invited to join the Build Teams and Generate Ideas phase of the programme, starting in February 2016 and concluding in April 2016. A full timetable for the programme can be found here.
Organisations invited to take part in the Build Teams and Generate Ideas phase will be awarded a fixed sum of £5,000 to develop ideas and form a partnership with a suitable technology company.
From this stage, organisations will be able to pitch for up to £75,000 of funding to undertake a full R&D project.
Each eligible application will be assessed on the following:
Is the problem, challenge or opportunity clearly identified?
- have you identified the problem or just its symptoms?
- how big a problem is this for the wider sector?
Are potential audiences, customers and end-users clearly identified?
- how large is the potential market for any innovation?
- what are audiences or customers currently doing to overcome this challenge?
Is the lead organisation the right organisation to be undertaking this challenge?
- is there a clear fit with the organisation’s strategy?
- who would manage a full R&D project?
- are there other organisations that would improve the project through collaboration?
Are the plans for the next stage clearly thought through?
- is there a clear budget?
- are you able to attend all of the workshops?
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).