Moving IT On - Round 2

Building on the success of the first year of the programme, Moving IT On 2 seeks to improve the pedagogy and quality of digital learning offers of cultural organisations.  Moving IT On 2 will provide a series of resources and content designed to keep those working in cultural education up to date and inspired by the developments in how technology is being used in cultural and creative education, both in and out of school.


The R&D Innovation Fund - Round 2

In addition to these resources we will open a second R&D funding opportunity for organisations/artists/collaborations looking to develop their practice. Grants of up to £5K will be available. The 5 successful organisations/artists/collaborations are expected to take part in a structured learning programme. Although all members of the cohort will explore the question of ‘how should arts and cultural organisations respond to the changed landscape’ they will each develop a project for their own context.  The cohort will receive bespoke support from digital experts and peer support from members of our previous round.

Fund Criteria

  • Some prior experience in creating a digital learning offer for schools and/or young people
  • Viable project idea co-created with a school/education setting that has a realistic delivery plan achievable within the budget and timeframe
  • The necessary digital skills and understanding to undertake the proposed intervention
  • Capacity and willingness to engage with existing models of practice and latest research
  • Willingness to share with and learn from other grantees in the programme
  • Willingness to contribute to a body of understanding about effective digital pedagogy to be shared with colleagues across the Festival Bridge region (including undertaking programme evaluation)
  • Commitment to apply the learning from their R and D to their own practice going forward

Festival Bridge will prioritise projects that:

  • Demonstrate co-creation between cultural and education sectors
  • Plan and pilot practice in more than one school and/or setting
  • Use free/inexpensive technologies that are widely accessible
  • Build on an organisation or individual’s existing digital learning experience
  • Demonstrate they have the necessary expertise to develop their digital provision
  • Explore the pedagogy of online practice
  • Adhere to best practice in terms of safeguarding particularly in relation to online safety
  • Demonstrate an appropriate balance in the research and test phases of their project.

How to Apply

Download and complete the application form. Any applications received after the deadline will not be considered. If you have any questions regarding the application please contact

Key dates

  • 11th October  – Funding round opens
  • 22 November, 12 noon – Application deadline
  • w/c 6th December –  Interviews
  • January – June 2022 – Project delivery
  • July 2022 – Final project evaluations submitted


Who can apply?

Applications can come from arts/cultural organisations or freelance artists/arts practitioners based in the Festival Bridge area (Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Peterborough or Suffolk.)

Do we need any experience of delivering digital projects or creating online content?

Yes – we expect that the applicant will have had some experience of delivering a digital project or creating online content.   For example you may have created a new teachers’ resource for your website or used YouTube to stream learning events.  The experience can be quite limited but there does have to be some learning to build upon.  We also invite applications from organisations and individuals with more significant experience interested in further developing their practice.

Can we spend any of the grant on IT hardware/software/ subscriptions?

Yes- budget can be spent on hardware and software.  However, the focus of this fund is on the pedagogy of digital practice and we would expect that most programmes will be using free and/or inexpensive technologies.

Can we buy in specialist support to help us develop our digital practice?

Yes- but it is not a requirement of the funding

Can we partner with another organisation or school?

Yes- we shall prioritise applications that are co-created and expect school focussed projects to test approaches in more than one setting

Is match funding or in kind support required?

No – it is not a requirement but in kind/other support is helpful and should be noted within your budget.

Can an individual artist apply?

Yes – both organisations and individual artists can apply as long as they live or work in the Festival Bridge region.


Find out more about our Moving IT On programme and use our resources and learnings to support your application.