Please note: We are no longer able to accept applications for Creative Collaborations.

This strand focuses on arts, cultural and creative activities that are out of the ordinary and not run-of-the-mill. Schools and/or arts organisations can apply for funding of between £5,000 and £15,000 to develop more ambitious and sustained projects.

This is your opportunity to exercise your imagination and your entrepreneurial sense of creativity. The range and type of project that could be supported is wide open: it could be a large scale ‘experience the arts’ event taking place in venues over a period of time; it might be a project that collaborates with a number of schools; you might be interested in longer term arts/cultural residencies in schools; perhaps you’d like to experiment with a project involving creative practitioners working in multi-media studios, music residencies, digital storytelling projects, or guerrilla arts. Surprise yourself (and us!).


Frequently Asked Questions

At the core of Creative Collaborations runs innovation, we would encourage both schools and arts organisation(s) to engage in new collaborations or if building on existing relationships, then a level of originality will need to be clearly identified and detailed in the application.

Creative Collaborations grants are not available to fund ‘business as usual’ services currently delivered to schools by arts organisations. Grants will only be awarded to bespoke collaborative projects.

This funding is not available for active Lead Creative Schools, however previous Lead Creative Schools that are no longer receiving funding are able to apply.

Yes, feel free to email creative.learning@arts.wales to arrange a call with a member of our team.

  • Evidence of innovation.
  • Evidence of true collaboration between all partners.
  • Letters of support.
  • Clear and detailed budget.
  • Well considered project timeline.

Please allow up to 8 weeks following the application deadline to hear about the decision.

No, this fund is designed to support new collaboratively designed projects.

This fund is for schools and maintained nurseries only.

Yes, but only state maintained ‘rising 3’ nursery schools – this is funding is not available for privately funded day care.

Yes, the panel will need clear evidence that all collaborative parties are in support of the application, and will need to understand from your application to role that each collaborating partner will play in the activity.


Yes, although each application will need to display innovation in its own right. Each application must be bespoke and tailored to the proposed collaboration.

Schools and arts organisations.

High quality arts/ cultural organisations with a proven track record delivery.

Yes, in collaboration with schools.



We cannot consider applications from individuals

No, Creative Collaboration grants are only for new activity.

No, funding is only available for projects that would not be able to take place without this grant.

Only in exceptional circumstances where relevant software is essential to the proposed project activity.

We cannot support any capital expenditure through Creative Collaborations.

No, activity can happen wherever is best!

Yes, details of why the activity needs to span two academic years needs to be clearly detailed in the application.

Wide and far! Feel free to send information to creative.learning@arts.wales and we can share your work on social media. Take great, high quality images of your project –we are always hungry for fabulous case studies. Share images and videos on your school/ arts organisation social media and copy us in so that we can promote you too.

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