Arts Council of Wales | Professional Development for Creative Professionals

Professional Development for Creative Professionals

Enabling creative professionals to attend training; enhance their creative practice and invest in the skills that will help them to build a sustainable career in Wales.

We want to support innovative, imaginative, yet appropriate ways that help you become better skilled, more sustainable and more resilient.

We want to foster a supportive environment in which creative professionals can make the best work possible – and we want to support you at pivotal moments in your career. We think that providing this support will help retain creative talent in Wales.

We want to support projects that enable creative professionals to develop their creative and technical skills in order to raise the quality of their artistic work. This can mean attending an industry recognised training course, attending a master-class, participating in an action learning set, or taking up coaching, mentoring or creative apprenticeship opportunities.

We also want you to be able to make a sustainable living from your practice and build a career in Wales. To make this happen we want to support projects that strengthen the business side of your practice, perhaps through helping you diversify into new markets or by finding other ways to generate income. This may mean supporting you to develop a new business, or a new approach to your business or current way of working, or helping you work more sustainably.

If you’re applying solely to attend training, the maximum grant available is £2,000.

For applications over £2,000 we will expect you to be looking for support towards a package of professional development, supported by a clear rationale.

We won’t support

  • Full-time or part-time undergraduate or postgraduate courses in further or higher education institutions
  • Individual tuition, lessons or vocational training

What are we looking for?

Have a project in mind that would support your Professional Development? Find out more about what we’re looking for in an application and what funding is available in the Professional Development strand document.

Not the right strand for your project? Return to the list of strands for Arts Grants for Creative Professionals here.

Are you eligible?

You should ensure that you have also read our information on Getting Started. You can check that you are eligible to apply by taking our Eligibility Quiz.

If you have a project that you think might be suitable to apply for under this strand, please Contact us before starting an application. You can email your project ideas to:

How to apply

If you have a project that you think might be suitable to apply for under this strand you need to discuss it with one of our Development Officers, who will send you a link to an application form if they think it’s suitable for us to consider funding.

Please email details to If you’ve already been working with a Development Officer you can contact them direct.

Please include in your email the following information:

• your name
• project title
• a description of your project
• the grant strand you’re hoping to apply to
• how much funding you want to apply for
• location of the project

One of our Development Officers will contact you to discuss your idea and they will send you a link to the application form when they’re satisfied you’re ready to apply.

If you have any questions about the application process please contact us at Questions about projects should be emailed to or to your Development Officer.

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Key links

Download the Professional Development strand document

Professional Development help notes

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