Funding Opportunity

Spare Bob

Spare Bob is a £500 microgrant that you can use to fund training or support that will help you progress your creative practice or nurture a new skill. 

You can apply for Spare Bob to cover costs towards the following areas of creative development.

Advice, guidance or learning from others

Spare Bob can be used to pay for consultation or advice on areas such as:

  • Engaging audiences
  • Marketing and PR
  • Fundraising
  • Organisational development
  • Dramaturg, director or producer advice
  • Touring
  • Music producing or songwriting advice 
  • Technical skills relating to your practice 
  • Leadership or change-making within the sector
  • Shadowing or visiting another artist or creative professional
  • Any other area of advice relating to your creative practice 

Training and events

Spare Bob can be used to pay for things like

  • short courses
  • training events
  • masterclasses
  • a series of lessons to develop a new skill

Going places and getting inspired 

Spare Bob can be used to cover ticket and travel costs for attending things like 

  • networking events
  • industry showcases
  • conferences
  • performances, exhibitions or festivals related to your creative practice 
  • inspiration trips
  • other creative development events

Developing new partnerships 

Spare Bob can be used to

  • set up a creative network or steering group
  • attend pitching events or meetings with potential partners or new collaborators

Personal development

Spare Bob can be used to pay for the time and costs related to your creative development, but not towards creating a piece of work. 


Spare Bob can be used to purchase or hire specialist equipment related to the skill you want to develop. This fund cannot be used to buy more general equipment most artists need for their practice such as laptops, printers, tablets, replacement instruments or kit etc. 


To be eligible to apply to Spare Bob, you must meet the following criteria:

✔ You’re living in, or making work in the Bradford district
✔ You are 18 years old or over
✔ You're an individual or a small organisation (with no more than 5 employees and are not NPO funded)
✔ You're involved in making live or visual arts

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