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RISE 2024 £500 funding

About the programme

Our RISE scheme offers £500 in funding to young creatives aged 13-30. The scheme supports young creatives in overcoming barriers to developing their creative practice who are based in the South East and parts of the South West – view the map. Spanning the wide range of UK creative industries, the funding aims to empower and invest in the next generation of artists and creators.  

Young people are invited to apply with a short video, demonstrating what their creative practice is, what they would do with the funding and how they think this micro-investment would support their aspirations and help them overcome any barriers they may have as a creative. Applicants will also be asked to supply some examples of their work and to fill in an application form.

Important Information:

  • RISE applications have closed for 2024
  • We are currently in the process of shortlisting applications
  • RISE will return for 2025 – please sign-up to our newsletter to be notified when opportunities arise

This project is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

The RISE 2023 Creatives

2023 was our first year in delivering RISE to young people across the South. In this video you can see some short snippets of their application videos.


Please see all frequently asked questions about our RISE funding below:

  • What do you mean by ‘Creative Practice’?
    A ‘creative practice’ is the intentional repeated act of creating. For you, this could be anything, but some examples include: acting, photography, fashion design, textiles, printmaking, drawing, painting, animation, stop motion, writing, set design, singing, playing a musical instrument, dancing, graphic design. This list could go on and on, so please note that these are just examples and your ‘Creative Practice’ could be something not listed here. If you’re not sure and want to check with our team, please email us –
  • What do you class as a 'Barrier'
    A circumstance or obstacle that keeps you from progressing with your creative practice, whatever that might be.
  • What counts as a Creative Practice?  
    Here is a list of all the creative industries in the UK:  Advertising, Architecture, Arts & Culture (including curation), Crafts, Design, Fashion, Games, Music, Publishing, TV & Film. More information can be found at This is not an exhaustive list and if you would like to apply, but your creative practice does not show up in this list, we are happy for you to contact us and we will review whether we can accept your application. Please email     
  • What could I use the funding for?  
    Some examples include: Equipment, materials, supplies,   cultural trips & visits, transport and ticket costs (this could include an overseas trip - flights, accommodation etc)   attending training, workshops & classes,   mentoring or collaborating with other creatives   Again, this list is not exhaustive - you can pitch anything you like in your application, as long as it will further your creative practice and you can tell us WHY. 
  • Can I use my smartphone to film my video?  
    Of course. We are happy for you to film on whatever medium works best for you. If you have any questions, please get in touch on (you can find a button at the bottom of this page). Your question could be important and if we think it will be helpful to other applicants, we will include it in this section for others to see with your permission.   
  • I turn 31 before the project will be over, can I still apply?
    Yes, as long as you don’t turn 31 before the final deadline for applications (30th June 2024) then we’re happy to receive applications. Same applies for younger applicants. If you turn 13 by 30th June 2024, then you are eligible to apply.
  • I applied for RISE last year, can I apply again?
    If you were successful, we regret that we cannot accept your applications again, but if you were unsuccessful, we’d love to receive your application again this year.
  • Can I post about RISE on social media?
    Yes of course – we would love you to. Please tag us or mention us and we will repost if we have consent to.

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