Spark and Grow Bursaries and Support: Open Call

Tuesday 4th May 6:00pm, Deadline for submissions

“Scratch is about sharing an idea at an early stage of its development. When you scratch an idea, you can ask people questions and consider their feedback. This helps you work out how to take your idea on to the next stage.”


The Spark and Grow programme is for early-career or emerging artists and producers making original performance work in Devon, who are keen to grow their practice and make the leap to professional industry. 

We are offering 4 selected artists/companies the support to develop a piece of performance work and to scratch it as a work in-progress for a test audience. This support comes in a few forms:


Producing support from the Doorstep core team – equivalent to a half-day for each successful applicant


A performance slot (10-15 minutes) on the Scratch Stage at our Takeover festival in Torbay during June. The audience will be made up of young people aged 12 up, and you’ll be able to ask for feedback in any way that suits you! We don’t ask that this work is finished, complete, or perfect. We do ask that this work celebrates artists’ big ideas


Bursary pots of up to £400 each, which will be granted to proposals where work requires resource for travel, production and some R&D costs. There is no set budget figure to the ‘Spark and Grow’ bursaries, as they are adaptable to each proposal and the requested budget submitted. The maximum figure that will be awarded to a company/artist is £400, but bursaries may be for smaller totals.


To apply you will need to complete the Application Form by 6pm on Tuesday 4 May 2021.

Please ensure you have read our Programming Principles before applying, it will give you an idea of the kind of work we’re both interested and experienced in supporting.