bloc // July 1, 2013

Digital Research and Development Fund for the Arts in Wales ⁄⁄

The Digital Research and Development Fund for the Arts in Wales is a partnership between the Arts Council of Wales, Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Nesta to support arts and cultural organisations across Wales who want to work with digital technologies to expand their audience reach and engagement and/or explore new business models.

Why are they doing this?

There has never been a better time for arts organisations to explore how to use digital technologies to reach new audiences. However, despite lots of experimentation in the arts, it is not always easy to understand what innovations work.

What are they doing?

A key element of the £400,000 Fund is supporting collaborative partnerships between arts and cultural organisations and technology providers to provide a body of rich research evidence, data and case studies that inspires and supports the capacity of the wider arts and cultural sector to innovate.

What types of projects are they looking for?

Innovative digital projects which expanded audience reach and engagement and/or developed new business models
Proposals from all sizes of arts and cultural organisations in Wales
Collaborations between arts and cultural organisations, technology providers and where possible, other cultural/arts organisations.

Eligibility and selection criteria

The full Eligibility and Selection Criteria are here. In summary, to apply to the Digital Research & Development Fund for the Arts in Wales, organisations must be:

An organisation with an arts project based in Wales
A collaborative project based in Wales

The proposal has to involve a collaborative partnership between yourself as an arts and cultural organisation 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 and cultural organisations.

The proposal has to fall under one or more of the fund themes – 1) expand audience reach and engagement; 2) explore new business models.
Digital content distribution – delivering content in new ways
Social media – using technology for interactive engagement
Making the most of archives through digital technology
Mobile and location-based services
Fundraising – using technology to generate giving, sponsorship and membership

The proposal doesn’t need to fall exclusively into one of these categories; we accept ideas which encompass several areas.

For more information about the fund, or to make an application, please visit

Or join a Google Hangout to discuss the fund on Thursday 25th July, 4.30pm or Thursday 1st Aug, 4.30pm – to register –

In addition you can book a slot at our funding surgery at the Eisteddfod on Thursday 8th August –for a slot email –;

Or email