Glasgow Connected Arts Network

Project Funding

Commissioned Project Funding


Glasgow CAN regularly funds small-scale participatory arts projects in Glasgow North East, North West and City Centre*, with the goal of bridging the gap between its members’ aspiration to apply for their own funding for pilot programmes and the reality of doing so. Many larger funding bodies do not have the capacity to support emerging artists and grassroots organisations to apply for funding for creative projects.

Glasgow CAN aims to support 12 projects per annum through its Commissioned Projects Programme. The projects must link with values outlines in our 2018 Vision Document. It is essential that the projects reach members of the community who have barriers to participation and preference is given to projects that support partnership working and identify gaps in provision.

Who have we funded?

Our last funding round saw 9 individual projects commissioned across a diverse range of arts practices: 

Mrs Magooty celebrated handicrafts and heritage with workshops and an exhibition at The Project Café. Caishnah NevansLyrical Life Lessons explored mental health through music culminating in a launch gig at Stereo. Andy Edwards investigated accessibility in theatre with In Burrows at Tron Theatre, embracing British Sign Language and Audio Description to reach audiences with a range of abilities and experiences. The Bold Collective relaunched with Converge, an event engaging young people across Glasgow with an afternoon of workshops, industry talks and music. Only Skin worked in collaboration with three theatremakers as part of DRAFT, a pilot artist development scheme focusing on process and sustainability. Glasgow CAN supported the Kobi Onyame Versus the Artist exhibition at Many Studios, and aided the launch of Stranger Games, a youth-led tabletop gaming group introducing schools and communities across Glasgow to Dungeons & Dragons. Scottish Mask & Puppet Centre used Glasgow CAN funding to run a series of CPD sessions and workshops. At the time of launch, decals and prints emerging from Glasgow CAN-funded workshops led by LOOP decorate the stations of Glasgow’s Subway as part of Glasgow International.

How do I apply?

Applications for our summer round of funding, supporting projects with activity taking place between 18th June and 10th September 2018, are now closed. Members of Glasgow CAN are eligible to apply for small bursaries of up to £3,000.

The application window ran from April 20th to May 20th. Due to a high volume of applications for our previous funding round, no applications received beyond this window will be considered.

If you have any questions or queries about this or future funding opportunities, do not hesitate to contact Hannah at

*Unfortunately, due to conditions beyond our control, we can not currently commission projects whose main activity takes place in Glasgow's Southside.

Header Image: Annie Lowry Thomas performs at Only Skin's DRAFT at CIVIC ROOM.