Kickstart Mini Commissions

Up to £400 to help you with your creative practice or project

Added by: revolutonArts

Update: 28/01/19

Applications are now closed for this round of funding and we will be announcing successful submissions shortly.

There will be another chance to apply in spring 2019.

Are you a creative living or working in Luton?

Musician, DJ, poet, painter, designer, photographer, actor, dancer, craft maker?

We are offering up to £400 to help you kickstart a creative project or develop your creative practice.

There are 5 x Kickstart Mini Commissions available.

If you are successful, your work will be showcased as part of our ‘Stories of Luton’ creative library, a digital collection of stories and ideas.


  • Deliver a creative project that benefits Luton’s communities OR use the money towards something that will help develop your creative practice.
  • After you have completed the project/bought the item: provide 10 online pictures to share the output from the commission (photos taken on your phone are fine).
  • Deliver your outcome by 29 March 2018.

We would also like you to be willing to:

  • Register and have a profile on The Matrix, (Revoluton’s online network for Luton creatives) when it goes live later this year.
  • Have a conversation with our creative support organisation, the 'Producer Hub' (led by 1DegreeEast) about the future potential of your project.
  • Present your project at Revoluton’s networking event for Luton creatives - 'Creative Café' - in April 2019.

Download the full Kickstart Mini Commissions Brief.

How much money can I apply for?

You can apply for a maximum of £400 each (there is no minimum).

What can I use the money for?

You can use the money for any creative project that will benefit Luton’s communities OR on something that will help develop your creative practice.

You could use the money to:

  • buy equipment - eg a digital camera
  • attend a workshop or training course
  • go to conference
  • test out an idea
  • put on a new event in Luton
  • collaborate with another creative
  • or something else – you tell us what would make the difference.


To be eligible for a Kickstart Mini Commission, you must:

  • Be over 18 and live/work in Luton
  • Have an idea for a creative project that will benefit Luton’s communities OR a need that will make a difference to the development of your creative practice.
  • Be a registered company or self-employed with a valid UTR (unique tax reference) number. (If you don't have a UTR number we can't pay you directly, but we might be able to buy something on your behalf).

Selection Process

Applications will be selected by a panel made up of representatives from Revoluton Arts, 1DegreeEast’s Producer Hub, and two community partners.

Successful applicants will be asked to provide a short project plan and budget.

How to apply

In no more than two sides of A4 - or a no longer than five minute video - tell us:

  • A bit about you.
  • About your idea and what you want to do.
  • How the Kickstart Mini Commission could make the difference to your creative practice and/or Luton’s communities.
  • How much are you applying for and what will you spend it on. (Please note successful applicants will need to provide a budget.)
  • When you will deliver your project/outcome by.
  • Anything else that you want to tell us that you feel is relevant.

In your application, please also confirm that you are able and willing to:

  • Share your activity through 10 pictures online and in person at Revoluton’s Creative Café (networking event for Luton creatives) in April 2019.
  • Deliver an outcome by 29 March 2019.
  • Attend a meeting with 1DegreeEast’s Producer Hub (creative support organisation) before the delivery date.
  • Please also add your mobile phone and email contact details.

Download the full Kickstart Mini Commissions Brief.

Email your application to:
Deadline for applications: 11.59pm on 25 January 2019*

Successful applicants will be notified by email by 15 February 2019.

*Please note that there will be other rounds from spring 2019 if you are not ready yet.

Any questions?

Please email:

Revoluton Arts is one of 21 national Creative People and Places (CPP) programmes funded through Arts Council England to enable more people to engage with and be inspired by the arts.


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