TMC Group School Offer 2022 Round 2 now open! – £2,500 bursaries for schools

Discover how to apply for a £2,500 bursary!

Are you connected to a network of schools interested in working together to develop your arts provision? Then our Group School Offer programme of support could help!

After the challenges of the last two years, this programme will bring the opportunity for collaborative working, to build new partnerships and to re-energise for the coming year.

It’s also a brilliant chance for a group of schools to focus collectively around a priority area, such as wellbeing.

The bursary is intended to pay for staff cover costs to enable the Specialist Arts Lead to have a devoted time to develop arts provision across the network.

“The framework of the awards has been fundamental in the development of our arts provision”.

As part of the offer, groups of schools involved in the programme will have access to:

  • Free tailored briefings on how Arts Award and Artsmark can benefit your group of schools
  • Free Arts Policy development workshop and support
  • Project support and guidance from our specialist cultural education team
  • Free Arts Award training for your network of schools
  • Bespoke Artsmark Development Day for your network (for a minimum of 5 schools)
  • Peer support network for your specialist arts lead who will be invited to link with other specialist arts leads in similar roles across the Group School Offer network to support their learning and development as an arts leader.

Who can apply?

This offer is open to schools in the East Midlands who:

  • Can demonstrate an established relationship with a group of other schools (at least 5) who are committed to developing arts activity across their network.
  • Can commit to at least 5 schools registering or re-registering with Artsmark and attending Artsmark Development Training by December 2022. Find out more about Artsmark here.
  • Have support from their Senior Leadership Team or Governing Bodies for their involvement in this work.
  • Have accessed pre-application support from The Mighty Creatives.
  • Applications are welcome from schools and organisations throughout the East Midlands but are particularly sought from DfE Category 5 and 6 Local Area Districts

Timeline and Key Milestones

5pm Monday 4th July 2022 – Deadline for applications.

Friday 8th July 2022 – Applicants informed of outcome.

Thursday 8th September 2022 – Lead schools invited to attend a twilight online introduction and network meeting for all lead coordinators joining the programme.

14th October 2022 –  Agree timetable of activity with TMC Artsmark and Arts Award briefings for Senior Leadership Teams (delivered by TMC).

Autumn term 2022 – All schools register or re-register with Artsmark and attend/book onto Artsmark Development.

Spring term 2023 – Arts Policy development and Arts Award training

March 2023 – Evaluation meeting with lead schools.

How do I apply?

Please download information and guidance below for more information. If you’re interested in this offer, please get in touch for some pre-application support.

You can contact the Artsmark team directly: or by phone 07725 660 525.

Please complete your application by accessing the online form using the ‘apply now’ button below.

Deadline for applications 5pm Monday 4th July 2022.


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