Seed corn funding opportunity from the Cultural Participation Research Network

As part of WISERD’s Cultural Participation Research Network (CPRN) there is a small fund available for activities and projects to support the development of the network. The aim of the network is to develop a programme of research and impact activities in the field of cultural participation[1], with a focus on collaboration between academics, decision makers, community organisations, artists, arts and heritage organisations and cultural bodies. The funding will allow a range of activities and pilot projects to take place in the Autumn of 2017, leading to the possibility for new work in 2018.

The decision of which activities and projects to fund will be taken by members of a panel made up of volunteers from the CPRN.


You may apply if you are part of the CPRN[2]. To be able to receive funds you will need to be set up as a supplier on the University’s financial systems (some of you already will be if you have been paid by us before). People who are self-employed can be added as a supplier but if you are not self-employed and wish to lead an application, please discuss with us and we will find a solution.

All projects must have an academic partner, and we will prioritise applications that include a community partner. Letters or emails of support from all partners must be attached to the application form.

Funding categories

You can apply for funding in the following categories:

1. Facilitating meetings, ‘Salons’ or other events (up to £300)

  • E.g. funding for catering, travel, materials or venue to bring a sub-group together over a particular issue, with the aim of taking it forward through research
  • E.g. holding an event for stakeholders to showcase existing work and to generate discussion/ideas for a project.

2. Developing a funding proposal (up to £1000)

  • E.g paying for a freelance individual to prepare a literature review or scoping study as part of a funding application
  • E.g. Funding meetings to discuss the development of the bid

3. Piloting or testing a project or impact activity (up to £3000)

  • E.g. Exploring the possibilities of a cultural intervention for wellbeing/education/civil society
  • E.g. Developing a prototype for new technology or intervention
  • E.g. Exploring an aspect of civil society and cultural participation
  • E.g. Exploring the use of culture/heritage/arts to facilitate dialogue or action on social issues

You may apply for more than one project.


Themes are in development and this list is by no means exhaustive, but as a result of our initial workshop we have identified the following thematic areas:

  • A sense of place
  • Journeys and connectivity
  • The local experience
  • Migration
  • Time and space
  • Influence and engagement

With all projects we expect to see a plan for how the work can be taken forward (e.g. through a funding proposal) and how it will contribute to wider discussions, questions or debates relevant to the network.

In terms of geographical area, we have a firm commitment to Wales, particularly the south Wales region, but we are also keen to see themes emerge that connect to the wider national and global concerns and possibilities of our time.

Academic partners

All projects must involve an academic partner, to ensure research is embedded from the beginning. Although evaluation is one element of research, we encourage you to view research in the broadest possible sense and think creatively about how to involve academics. If you would like to connect with an academic partner from a particular field or topic area, let us know and we can help to facilitate this. Although an academic partner must be involved, we cannot pay for academic time and they do not have to lead the project.


  • Academic time
  • Time for partners who are already being paid to do this type of work through their current employer
  • Overheads such as utility bills
  • Alcohol
  • VAT – this must be incorporated into the total amount asked for


  • Call to be formally issued                               Monday 10th July 2017
  • Deadline for applications                               Monday 21st August 2017
  • Notification of successful applicants            Monday 4th September 2017
  • Funding to be spent by                                   31st March 2018
  • Final report due by                                          31st May 2018


We do not want these activities and pilot projects to put unnecessary pressure on you, but we do require a ‘light touch’ report at the end of the activity, consisting mainly of a description of activities and next steps, identifying what the activity or project has done to develop the CPRN.

[1] At this point, we are not attempting to define cultural participation and are open to applications from a broad subject and methodological spectrum

[2] If you are not yet part of the CPRN, please email Ellie on