Glasgow Connected Arts Network

Commissioned Projects

Commissioned Projects


Glasgow CAN welcome proposals twice annually for grassroot Participatory Arts projects that take place in Glasgow’s North East, North West and City Centre*, with the goal of bridging the gap between hard-to-reach communities and access to Participatory Arts. Organisations or freelance artists can apply for up to £3000 towards a new project or to further develop an existing piece of work. All proposals must come from Glasgow CAN members.

This programme exists to support the sector to flourish as Glasgow CAN as an organisation are aware that many larger funding bodies may not have the capacity to support freelance or emerging artists and smaller organisations to apply for funding at this level. We seek to identify gaps in provision and encourage partnership working across organisations, communities and sectors.

It is essential that the projects are participatory and make clear how they will reach communities who face barriers to accessing the arts. Preference is also given to projects that support partnership working, identify gaps in current provision, and target hardest-to-reach thematic or geographical communities.

Unfortunately Glasgow CAN currently can not support projects that take place in the South of the City through this current stream due to current funding constraints but are exploring ways of perusing this in the future.

The application window for applications to this programme is currently closed. We hope that this programme will return in the new financial year. We are delighted to be supporting 12 grassroot arts projects in 2019_2020 through this unique programme.

Who have we funded?

Our Commissioned Projects programme has historically supported a number of individual projects across a diverse range of arts practices, including; 

Chaz B & Resurgance Scotland: Glasgow CAN supported member Chaz Bonnar and his company Resurgence to deliver a series of dance workshops, culminating in Resurgence 4, a breaking event at Glasgow's Classic Grand.

Terra Incognita - From Her, to HerGlasgow CAN supported Terra Incognita’s From Her, To Her - a partnership project with Saheliya, an organisation in Springburn, which supports women from BAME backgrounds and asylum seekers to access equal opportunities. From Her, To Her comprised of a series of creative workshops marking the centenary of the Representation of the People’s Act, which first gave (some) women the vote in Britain in 1918.

New Rhythms for Glasgow / Soundplay Dome: Glasgow CAN supported New Rhythms for Glasgow to bring the Soundplay Dome, a multi-sensory, audiovisual learning space to Balgrayhill Community Centre. 

We have also previously commissioned projects from Mrs Magooty, Caishnah Nevans, Andy Edwards The Bold CollectiveOnly Skin Many StudiosStranger Games, Scottish Mask & Puppet Centre & LOOP and many more.

What can grants cover?

Grants can be used to cover the cost of an entire project or it could be used as match-funding. Please remember to include any in-kind contributions such as use of rehearsal space of access to equipment. Our top five tips when applying;

  1. Share your passion for your project on paper; why is there a need and what motivates you

  2. Ensure your income and expenditure totals match for the project, including any in-kind contributions

  3. Research rates and costs carefully

  4. Include a project timeline; it helps to paint a picture of how the project will be structured

  5. Show it to someone you trust to proofread before you send

You must be a member to apply to this fund. If you are not yet a member of Glasgow CAN but would like to join please click on New Member at the top of our home page. The form is quick to complete and membership is currently FREE.

If you have any questions or queries about this programme, do not hesitate to contact Hannah Justad (Glasgow CAN’s Executive Director) at

Glasgow CAN would like to take this opportunity to thank Glasgow City Council for their support for us to deliver this programme.