Arts Grant Support

We aim to communicate the strength and value of your application through clear expression of your vision and worth, whilst also encouraging and reassuring funders by meeting the wider cultural and equality goals set by that funder.

Our arts grant support options have been tailored for both large and small scale funding; having been designed around Arts Council England Project Grants, Culture Recovery and DYCP requirements or similar. For those who have yet to submit an application and for those who have had an application rejected. 

Our Work with Arts Audience Insights CIC

Research into the arts audience is crucial to support the industry moving forward. We pride ourselves on our knowledge of contemporary arts audiences, their changing habits and the means of connecting with them. We work alongside arts audience R&D CIC, Arts Audience Insights to widen access for traditionally unengaged, underrepresented or discriminated groups. Key findings from our research can be read here.​​

​Our current research –
  • Mapping ‘The Hidden’: A national investigation to identify ‘hidden’ audiences – the many niche, underrepresented, under-engaged and discriminated-against people being overlooked in current nationwide arts audience research, policies and long-term strategies.

Our Work and Arts Council England

Disconnected Bodies are Nominated Support Workers and have been previous Suppliers with ACE.

Working to ACE strategies and objectives, we align the work of those who come to us to ensure the public value of that work is being demonstrated clearly.

We have worked to understand ACE Project Grants, the requirements and how we can contribute our expertise to strengthen applications. 

We offer our knowledge of audiences to make suggestions of where a project’s public engagement planning is falling short and how best to move forward.

Our goal is to enable more people to participate in exciting and brilliant culture experiences, in many cases the first step to achieving this is through funding being secured.


We support the completion of new grant applications and the rewriting of rejected applications, mostly due to public engagement sections being ‘comparatively weaker’.

Arts grant support call

Best for one-off or short-term support for DYCP applications or similar.

A personalised conversation that clarifies the grant application process and provides actionable advice to take the uncertainty out of arts funding for independent artists.

Communicate your deservingness through artistic vision and demonstrate how your application will fulfil the goals of Arts Council England and benefit the public at some point in the future.

£30/hour incl. VAT

  • Bookable in slots of 1 hour.
  • Free 30-minute video consultation beforehand – to prepare material for the session.

public engagement strengthening – for rejected project grants

Section re-write and supporting documentation to strengthen project grant applications that have been rejected due to public engagement sections being ‘comparatively weaker’.

From our experience many applications are being rejected due to public engagement sections being comparatively weaker. In order to address this weaker link and allow for the application to be re-submitted in a stronger position we’ve developed our Public Engagement Strengthening offer.

Designed as a hassle free option, you’re provided with a full supporting document outlining those audiences you wish to reach, how you’ll go about doing this, the value they’ll receive from your work and the experience you intend for them to have. 

In addition, we offer a full re-write of the public engagement section of your application, written in such a way that overcomes the challenge of conveying a project’s public value within the tight character limit. Both the re-write and supporting document clearly address ACE’s feedback and their wider audience engagement targets.

Read what ACE have to say on the importance of understanding audiences for grant applications. HERE.

audience profiling – for new project grants

A structured overview that provides you an accessible introduction to audience identification and planning to be used as supporting documentation for project grants of up to £100,000.

Designed to be user-friendly, the document is easily understood and is the ideal first step in ensuring an application demonstrates a project’s public value and its meeting of ACE public engagement objectives whilst comprehensively outlining the engagement approach you’ll take to reach your intended audience.

Book a Free 30-Minute Video Consultation.

A complimentary consultation to discuss your requirements or any current engagement sticking points you may be facing. 

We’re happy to provide free guidance that may resolve your questions within the half hour, or happy to discuss how we can work together longer term.