This is what the Arts Council say -
Welcome to Developing your Creative Practice.
Developing your Creative Practice supports the development of independent creative practitioners. This programme will give individuals the opportunity to apply for £2,000 to £10,000, to take a dedicated period of time to focus on their own creative development, and take them to the next stage in their practice.
We would like to see applications for development activities from practitioners working in any of our supported disciplines, where a clear development opportunity has been identified. This could be for a period of research, time to create new work, travel (including international working), training, developing future ideas, networking or mentoring. Developing your Creative Practice encourages development by allowing artists and cultural practitioners to innovate and take creative risks, work in new ways and to eventually reach new audiences. You may be an independent producer or curator who wants to take time to attend a conference – in England or abroad – and build your networks for future work. You might be a writer who needs time to write and explore a new direction for your work. You may want to take some time to work with other collaborators to explore how you develop, without the pressure of producing finished work to share at the end. These are just examples of how this programme could support your work, and not an exhaustive list. We want to make sure that as an independent practitioner, you have the tools you need to innovate and to build a successful practice.
This is a competitive programme – we receive many more good applications than we are able to fund. We want to focus on investing in the activities that have a real impact on people’s artistic or creative development in England.
For full details, and how to apply, see HERE