The Studio Recovery Fund

23 Dec 2020

The Studio Recovery Fund. This is £20,000 fund to support businesses with ideas for creative technology projects supported by Bath Spa University’s strategic Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries

The Studio at Palace Yard Mews, Bath Spa University’s city-centre research and innovation hub, is launching a £20,000 fund to support businesses with ideas for creative technology projects. Supported by the University’s strategic Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries, this fund is looking for projects that align with both the iSTART (Innovation, Science, Technology, Arts, Research & Teaching) initiative and the WECA’s (West of England Combined Authority) five key ambitions for recovery. 

The WECA’s five key ambitions for recovery are:

1. Rebuilding business, helping new and existing businesses to survive and thrive

2. Getting local people back into jobs that pay above the living wage and offer employment security

3. Strengthening inclusion, building an inclusive economy where everyone has the opportunity to achieve their potential

4. A green recovery, using changes in behaviour brought about by the pandemic to accelerate transition to net zero carbon

5. Renewing places, creating greener, healthier, more vibrant places to live and work.

Call for proposals

It is now widely acknowledged that freelancers and micro-businesses have been largely ineligible for government pandemic funding, while at the same time, creative industries rely upon those same freelancers and micro-businesses. 

To help support the recovery of the sector, The Studio is putting out a call for proposals for creative technology projects with budgets of  £500 to £5,000 which address at least two of the WECA recovery ambitions. By ‘creative technology’ we mean interdisciplinary projects that work creatively with technology across digital, arts and culture, science and the humanities.

Proposals will need to include defined outputs, which can be either research-based or business-led. Outcomes could include, for example, a research paper, a prototype or product, a business plan (which may include paid for consultancy), a marketing strategy (including rebranding, an upgraded website, etc), or profile-raising activity.

They expect to award:

2 grants of £500

3 grants of between £1,000 and £2,000

3 or 4 grants of between £2,000 and £5,000


Who is eligible to apply: All Residents and Alumni of The Studio and B&NES-based creative technology micro-businesses, freelancers and third sector organisations.

Please submit your proposal and budget via this form. You will need to include a project proposal of up to 500 words, a timetable relating to when the project will be delivered and a bullet-point budget (which can include, for example, staff time, research time, materials, equipment, overheads, marketing, travel).


Deadline for applications:  Monday 18 January, 2021 by 5pm. 

All applicants informed of panel decision by 11 February 2021

Projects due to start by beginning of March 2021

Progress check March/April 2021

Projects completed by beginning of May 2021

Sharing or showcasing: May 2021


Should you have any questions about the call, or eligibility please contact Rachel Pownall, email:

About The Studio:

The Studio at Palace Yard Mews provides a space for local micro-businesses, Bath Spa University students, academics, and graduates to work on projects and ideas which focus on creativity and technology. It is also a venue to share learning through regular workshops, events and activities which are open to the wider community. For further information visit:    

iSTART (Innovation, Science, Technology, Arts, Research & Teaching) is a new skills  and innovation hub funded by the WECA (West of England Combined Authority) planned for 2023. It is a collaboration between B&NES, Bath College, Bath Spa University, and Bath University, and aims to make a real difference to the region, especially around the recovery agenda.