Arts Award Discover Grant Offer

Discover in a Day: suitable for school and arts and cultural events

Posted by: Sophie Baczynski | September 7th, 2017

Arts Award Discover Grant Offer

The Mighty Creatives have a new Arts Award offer for those settings with ambitious plans around Discover level delivery. We want to support more organisations in the region to develop their offer around Discover, particularly adopting the ‘in a day’ model. This grant is about supporting the promotion and advocating for the delivery of Arts Award at this level across the East Midlands.

We currently have a number of small grants available to organisations who already have a least one individual trained as an advisor at Discover and Explore level.

The Offer:

These grants are designed to:

  • Support organisations to deliver Arts Award at Discover level through either one event or a series of sessions before the 1st of February 2018
  • Support the mapping and delivery of Arts Award against events you may already be delivering (e.g. festivals or end of term performances)
  • Help organisations develop their current discover offer-trialling, testing and refining current models of delivery
  • Support organisations with ambitious plans for Discover e.g. large scale delivery approaches
  • Take part in different arts activities
  • Experience artists and their work
  • Show discoveries to others
  • A grant of either £500 or £350 depending on the number of young people you are working with
  • Opportunity to have your work case studied as part of our promotion of the ‘In a Day’ model
  • Opportunity to share and showcase your work through TMC newsletters and events e.g. our future Arts Award Conference in 2018
  • At least 35+ Discover Arts Awards achieved per project for the £350 grant and at least 50+ Discover Award achieved for the £500 grant
  • All Awards to be completed by 30th September
  • Increased quality in the delivery of Arts Award
  • Innovative ways of delivering Arts Award
  • Embedding Arts Award
  • Arts and cultural including museums and libraries
  • Youth Justice
  • Community Organisations
  • Youth Work
  • Schools
  • Any other settings where young people could benefit from Arts Award

We have two grant options available and each organisation can apply for a support grant of up to £500 to support plans and delivery.

To apply for the full £500 grant we require at least 50+ Discover Arts Awards delivered per project.

Grants of £350 are available to organisations who can deliver 35+ awards.

NB These numbers are for guidance, if you feel your organisation has other considerations (e.g. working in a SEN setting or a small school) please get in touch with us.

What is ‘Discover in a Day’?

As you will be aware, the Discover Arts Award is a great introduction to the arts for children and young people.

Young people get the opportunity to:

And at the end receive a certificate in Arts Award Discover!

It can be delivered in a variety of ways over different time periods but Discover in a Day is a great way to get an immersive creative experience. To see some examples of deliver, take a look here

What is Arts Award?

  • Arts Award is a portfolio based national qualification at 4 levels: Explore, Bronze, Silver and Gold (Discover is an introductory level)
  • Arts Award can cover a wide range of activities within a variety of arts and cultural settings. Case Studies can be found here
  • It is managed by Trinity College London in association with Arts Council England

What do I get?

What are we looking for?

Do I qualify?

These grants are available to a range of organisations and settings operating in the East Midlands, including:

What can I spend the grant on?

  • Arts Award Log books or guidance
    • Fees for workshops with a professional specialist
    • General art materials and printing costs
    • Tickets and travel for events
    • Hire of specialist equipment or specialist venue
    • Certificates and moderation costs
    • Specific access requirements e.g. BSL/other translators; assistive technology specifically related to the Arts Award project
  • I have more questions, who can I talk to?

    If you have any more questions about this grant opportunity, please contact Sophie or Lorrie on 0116 2616 834 or email

    How do I apply?

    To apply for a discover in a Day package you need to check you qualify for the funding, see above, and download and complete the application form and return it to us at by the deadline of 5pm on Monday 9th of October 2017.

    Dates for your calendar

    Deadline for applications: 5pm on Monday 9th October 2017

    Deadline for delivery & Moderations: 1st February 2018

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