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 first cycle of Commissioned Projects for 2019 / 2020 has now been completed and 6 projects have been supported.

The application window opened again on Thursday 20th June 2019. The closing date for all proposals is 12pm on Friday 2nd August 2019.

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.

How do I apply?

Glasgow CAN are accepting proposals from 20th June 2019. The closing date for proposals is Friday 2nd August 2019 at 12pm.

Projects can start from 2nd September 2nd 2019 and projects must be finished and reported by 31st March 2020. Please note there will be no more opportunities in this financial year to apply for Commissioned Projects funding from Glasgow CAN.

The grant 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

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.

To apply for a Commissioned Project, please complete the following: Glasgow CAN Commissioned Project Funding Application Form and email it to by the above date.

When completing this form, please refer to the Commissioned Projects part of Glasgow CAN’s 2019 Vision Document for guidance.

Due to a high volume of applications, no proposals received outwith the application window will be considered. Unfortunately Glasgow CAN can not support all of the proposals it receives. Feedback will be offered to all unsuccessful applicants. Glasgow CAN are aware of how challenging applying for funding can be and are here to support applicants with guidance and to answer any queries.

If you have any questions or queries about the application process or require the application form in another format, 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.