Application & Decision Process

Small Experiment applications are now open.
We’re also seeking Community Catalyst nominations.
Out Of The Ordinary won’t open until 2014.

If you’d like to talk to us about any of the above then please read the following:

How to apply:
There’s no form! You need to explain to us what your idea is, how you will test it and who will benefit.  Your idea needs to fit with our Programme Principles and Aims and to give us the answers to some questions (see below). You can write up to 500 words in what ever format suits you. If you prefer you can send your idea in the post to:

Experiments at Creative People and Places Swale and Medway
Creek Creative, No 1 Abbey Street, Faversham, Kent. ME13 7BE

If you would rather explain your idea to someone then please let us know.  We can talk to you and make a record of what you are wanting to do.  Do remember we will need time to arrange to meet you so this may affect how soon you can put in your application.

If you have other ways you would like to apply please let us know.  A short videoclip or podcast are some ideas we have had.  We want you to explain your idea in  the best way you can, so please talk to us if you have a particular way you want to do this.

Nine questions the Decision Panel will ask about your project:

  1. What do you want to test and why?
  2. What is innovative and different about your project?
  3. How will your activity explore new ways to get people involved?
  4. How will people benefit from your plans?
  5. How is art/creativity part of your activity?
  6. Are there gaps in your knowledge and plan or other risks that you already know about?
  7. Will you be able to carry on this activity in future without more public funding?
  8. What would help you in your plans?

Community Catalysts only:

  1. How will your activity inspire other people to start their own projects or give up their time to volunteer?

How will we make decisions?

All applications will be looked at by our Decision Panel which will consist of local residents from Swale and Medway, one of the non-arts partners from our Consortium and a Critical Friend, who isn’t involved in the programme but has specialist knowledge of arts and participation.

All ideas submitted have to meet our Programme Principles and Aims.

We will also ask a set of questions to test how your idea fits with our criteria. You can read them above.  Remember that your proposal should contain the answers to these questions.  If it doesn’t we will need to get in touch with you, and this may delay your application.

We will make decisions on awards four times a year. The first decision meeting will be 22 or 23 July 2013 (to be confirmed). If you want to have your application considered at this meeting we will need to receive it by 5pm on Thursday 18 July 2013.

What happens next?
We will tell everyone the outcome of their application within one week of the decision meeting. We will publish all the successful applicants’ names and a short outline of their ideas on our website.

People who receive an award will get feedback from the Decision Panel.  We will help you make your project a reality through mentoring, brokering partnerships and in other ways if you need it.

You must fill in a form before you begin which explains what you expect to happen and at the end of the activity we will ask to to complete the same form again telling us what did happen.  As we are an action research project (learning by doing) we need this information for our evaluation and learning.  We will share what we learn as we go along.

If you aren’t successful we will tell you clearly why this is.  We will give you advice about reapplying if this is appropriate.

If your idea is not suitable for a Small Experiments or Community Catalyst award we will try to signpost you to other funding if we can.