Are you aged 16-35? Do you have a great idea to highlight creativity in the Lakes and Dales?

Our new £500 micro-commissions are open to individual creatives or groups looking to develop an artistic piece of work to be exhibited in 2022.

GPLD’s micro-commissions offer you a chance to develop a new piece of work or artistic project, expanding on any lockdown ideas and developments in response to Covid, or exploring the relationship between wellbeing, creativity and the rural landscape.

With opportunities to showcase your work through our partners including Brewery Arts; Craven Arts; Settle Stories (inc Yorkshire Festival of Story) and Skipton Town Hall and taking inspiration from existing GPLD events and initiatives such as Aerial; Hinterlands; Folded Zine and Fresh Perspective we encourage applications from young creatives of all levels and experiences and particularly welcome submissions from those from diverse backgrounds and communities and encourage collaborative working.

GPLD, with project funding support from Arts Council England in 2021/22, aims to empower young voices and offer innovative approaches to develop knowledge and confidence to help young people connect, create, and sustain skills for future careers and wellbeing. We encourage businesses and organisations to collaborate creatively and make meaningful connections with young people living rurally to help ensure they are represented and have an active role in shaping their cultural community.



How much is the commission?

The funding is up to £500 and will be paid in one instalment upon successful application.

The fund can be used to create:

  • An art piece
  • A short film (up to 5 minutes long)
  • Music
  • Poetry
  • Mixed media pieces
  • Podcast
  • Essay
  • Any other creative piece artistically expressed through words and sounds
  • Can be used as a creative contribution towards a larger project

This list is not exhaustive, nor exclusive, other creative outputs are welcome.


To apply you must:

  • Live and/or work or be in formal education in the Lakes or Dales (Skipton to Grasmere corridor - BD23, BD24, LA2, LA6, LA10, LA8, LA9, LA23, LA22)
  • Be 16-35 years old
  • Be able to show how this project/activity can contribute to the growth of your own creative career
  • Have an idea that is relevant to and will engage young people in the Lakes and Dales, especially those from diverse backgrounds.
  • Demonstrate how your project connects with other creative communities or cultural organisations

We actively encourage applications from young creatives starting out in their creative career.


To apply, fill in this application form:

You can also answer these questions by submitting a brief video or audio file and sending it to

Applications due by 5pm Monday 28th February 2022.

Milestones & Key Dates

  • Launch – 17th January 2022
  • Applications close 28th February 2022
  • Panel consideration week commencing 7th March 2022
  • Decisions announced by end of March 2022
  • Projects begin no earlier than 1st April 2022
  • Project completion 30th June 2022