Micro-commissions on climate change, youth voice and teens

9th June 2022 - Kayla Herbert

We have launched a third round of research & development micro-commissions for creative practitioners who work with children and young people. This fund is focused on climate change, youth voice and teens.

Who is this for?

Our micro-commissions are open to freelance creative practitioners who want time and space to develop new approaches and new thinking in their creative practice. They are designed to help freelancers explore creative solutions to current challenges and expand their offer for children and young people.

The micro commission aims to give creative practitioners space to research and develop their creative practice to create innovative products or services that they can offer both in and out of formal education. We’re looking for imaginative and innovative ideas that offer meaningful engagement and interaction.

We are interested in applications on one or more of the following themes:

Climate change: Building environmental responsibility into your practice or your offer
Youth Voice: Create meaningful ways to listen and respond or co-produce with children and young people
Teens: Develop creative opportunities that appeal to Generation Z

How much is the fund?

The fund is £800, which will be paid in two installments. You will receive your first installment when the project begins. You will receive your final installment after you’ve completed a short reflection about your experiences and outcomes.

The fund can be used to:

We encourage you to test your new ideas and gather feedback. If you need advice or support with finding a suitable partner or group, please let us know.

What’s the criteria?

To apply, you must:

We expect you to adhere to social distancing rules, government protection policy and Health and Safety policies of any groups you work with.

How to apply

1. Complete and submit your application by Friday, 24th June. You can do this by either:


2. Complete and submit an equality and diversity monitoring form here

Completion of the equality & diversity form is voluntary and anonymous. We are keen to reach a broader audience and are collating this anonymous data to ensure that our application process is equitable and reaching underrepresented groups.  Completion of the anonymous form does not bear any influence on the outcome of your application.  Information submitted will be held for evaluation and analysis, to inform how we target our fourth round of micro-commissions and will be deleted by March 2023.

IVE actively seeks and encourages applications from creative practitioners from diverse backgrounds. Please contact us if you feel there is an application process we have not considered. 

Applications are due by Friday, 24th June.


We want our application to be accessible to everyone. If you require a larger print version or if there are further support measures we can put in place to make this process more accessible for you, please contact Lisa on lisa.turney@weareive.org or 07710 700 937.

Key dates

Friday, 24th June 2022 – Application Deadline

Monday, 4th July 2022 – Decisions announced

Monday, 31st October 2022 – Micro-commissions completed

Thursday, 1st December 2022 – Reflections due

Cover photo courtesy of micro-commission recipient, Artful

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