Step one: Find out more

Clwstwr provides funding through a number of Calls aimed at driving R&D activity:

Alongside each Call, Clwstwr will host events to outline our aims and provide an opportunity for potential applicants to meet with members of the team. 

In light of COVID-19, we will not be hosting real-time sharing events for the 2020 Open Call. Instead, we would encourage you to watch this informational video which explains more about how to apply to the Clwstwr programme.

You can also arrange to meet with a Clwstwr Producer to discuss your idea on a 1-2-1 basis. Sessions are available to book while Expressions of Interest and Full Applications are live on the Open Call, Ideas Lab and Challenge Partnerships pages.


  • Open Call – Expressions of Interest launch in April with Full Applications open in May 
  • Ideas Lab – applications for Ideas Lab open in late November. Ideas Lab takes place in late January with subsequent Seed applications due in February.   
  • Challenge Partnerships – We aim to launch these in October. 

Applicants should note that these are indicative timings for our Calls. Clwstwr will consider applications outside of our standard schedule if an applicant can demonstrate there is a clear and pressing justification. Please see our FAQs for details.

Clwstwr welcomes applications, and opportunities for partnerships from everyone. We are keen to attract people to work with us from a broad range of backgrounds. Through this we believe we can continue to look at the world with fresh eyes and find new ways of doing things. 

We particularly welcome applications from women, black and minority ethnic people, disabled people, LGBT+ applicants and Welsh language speakers as they are under-represented within our cohort currently.  We will be monitoring our activity across the three years and will ask you to provide reasonable, relevant information around your team and your project.

Step two: Inspire and Collaborate

Our Inspire and Collaborate events are an opportunity to further advance your idea with a range of academic and industry experts from across South Wales. You can read about these on our events page.

In light of COVID-19, we do not have collaboration events planned at this time. Should you wish to discuss your idea in more detail or be connected with likeminded creatives to collaborate with, please get in touch.

Step three: Expression of Interest / Ideas Lab

For our Open Call, applicants will need to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) in the first instance before completing a full application. Expressions of Interest will be assessed by the Clwstwr Management Team.

Ideas Lab applicants will applying to take part in an Ideas Lab, which is designed to lead to a specific Seed application. 

Completion of an Expression of Interest or attendance at an Ideas Lab are essential first steps in our application process.

All applications should be submitted through our application portal, but we recommend you read through the questions related to the specific grant scheme and work on your responses before completing the online form. Please contact us if you would prefer to submit a word version of the application. 

Please refer to the Clwstwr Challenges and the Projects section to get an idea of the type of activities Clwstwr will support.  

Step four: Full application

Those who submitted an Expression of Interest / attended an Ideas Lab will receive feedback and information on how to proceed. 

We expect a high demand for funding through the Clwstwr grant schemes and it is likely that we won’t be able to fund all of the projects that show promise. 

Full applications will be assessed by Clwstwr’s Management Team and approved by Clwstwr's Finance Committee and Chair, who will adhere to the Clwstwrcriteria and any specific criteria for the grant scheme. 

If you haven’t had a response in line with the specific call schedule, please contact the Clwstwr team.