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. All proposals must come from Glasgow CAN members only. This programme exists to support the sector as Glasgow CAN as a network 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 for creative projects and pilots.

All projects must link with values outlined in the Commissioned Projects part of Glasgow CAN’s 2019 Vision Document. 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.

The application window for the next round of Commissioned Projects proposals opens on Thursday 21st February 2019. The closing date for all proposals is 12pm on Monday 15th April 2019*.

Who have we funded?

Our Commissioned Projects programme has historically supported a number of individual projects in the North of the City 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 workshops, culminating in Resurgence 4, a breakdance 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 multisensory, 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.

How do I apply?

Glasgow CAN are accepting proposals from Thursday 21st February 2019* from members to support Participatory Arts Projects that will take place North of the river in Glasgow. The closing date for proposals is Monday 15th April 2019 at 12pm. Proposed activity must take place between Monday 3rd June and Sunday 15th December 2019 inclusively.

Twice a year members of Glasgow CAN are eligible to apply for small grants of up to £3,000. This could be to cover the cost of an entire project or it could be used as match-funding. If you are not yet a member of Glasgow CAN but would like to join please go to Apply on 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 cannot 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

*Unfortunately, due to conditions beyond our control, we cannot currently commission projects where the main activity takes place in Glasgow's Southside. All awards are subject to confirmation from Glasgow City Council’s 2019/2020 budget announcements.