Ideas Fund 2021

Funding opportunity

Do you have an exciting creative idea you want to make a reality?

The Ideas Fund offers bursaries of up to £5000 to enable dance creatives to research, test and/or launch new artistic and entrepreneurial ideas. This could be a new idea or the development of something you are already working on.

We have brought together a consortium of partners who include some of the UK and east London’s leading creative organisations. Not only will this consortium be awarding cash investments, it will also offer access to in-kind resources including rehearsal space and membership schemes.

“Without this initial investment, and confidence that the Ideas Fund placed in me, I know I would not have achieved what I have” Ideas Fund Awardee 2017

The Ideas Fund is open to anyone over the age of 16 years with a great idea. It doesn’t matter where you are in your career – a great idea is a great idea, whatever your experience. We just want to know you have the ambition to make it happen. We welcome applications from dancers, choreographers, teachers, producers and creatives with an interest in dance. You can apply as an individual or as a company and applications from recent or new graduates are welcome.

How to Apply

  • Before applying for the fund please download and carefully read the Application Guidelines. The guidelines are also available in large print here.
  • To complete the online application form, please click here. Applications can be saved and returned to at any point.
  • For guidance on completing your budget, please refer to the budget template provided here.

Listen to an audio recording of the Application Guidelines here:


We will be holding an application information session on Thursday 10 June 5-6pm, online via Zoom, for any questions about applying or completing the application. If you would like to join this, then please sign up here.

The deadline for applications is Friday 2 July at 10am and shortlisted applicants will be notified by Friday 9 July. Late applications will not be accepted.

Shortlisted applicants will receive a one-to-one mentoring session to help prepare to pitch between 14-16 July 2021 ahead of a live pitching event on Thursday 22 July. If you are not available on Thursday 22 July then you are not eligible to apply for the fund.

You can click here to see details of our previous bursary awardee winners’s projects, we can’t wait to see what this year’s will be!

Ideas Fund Partners are Dancer’s Career Development, East London Dance, English National Ballet, One Dance UK, Redbridge Drama Centre, Sadler’s Wells, Stratford Circus, Studio 3 Arts and Studio Wayne McGregor


DateDeadline Friday 2 July


Location Successful applicants will pitch their ideas on Thursday 22 July (online)

Download the Application Guidelines

Download the Application Template Budget

Apply Online 

Ideas Fund Partners:

  • Dancer’s Career Development
  • East London Dance
  • English National Ballet
  • One Dance UK
  • Redbridge Drama Centre
  • Sadler’s Wells
  • Stratford Circus
  • Studio 3 Arts
  • Studio Wayne McGregor