CFBA Skills Sharing: Making Funding Applications

Our recent funding surgery events with Arts Council England’s Ruth Kapadia revealed a wealth of experience amongst the participants about making funding applications – some successful, others not so.

The writing of a funding bid can be a daunting exercise, especially for small organisations and those who have had little experience of funding systems.  Form filling is never the most rewarding of exercises and trying to shoehorn your imaginative and creative project into the confines of the funding criteria can seem difficult.

But the prospect of future funds aside, the application process can be a highly useful and productive process.  It can clarify and simplify your project’s aims and objectives, make you think in detail about how it can be realised, its target audiences and how to reach them. In short it asks that you make the case for your project in a variety of ways.

Public funding is declining in real terms but there is still a plethora of funding schemes, ranging from a B&NES Micro Grant through the Arts Council’s Grants For The Arts to the EU’s CulturEuro programme. Plus there are countless trusts, charities and foundations whose sole role is to give money to suitably deserving cases.

Were to make a start?  Do I identify a potential funder first and then shape the project to fit? Perhaps you’ve been successful at getting on the first rung of the funding ladder but are wondering where next?

A trouble shared is a trouble halved.  Come and join your colleagues at this informal but practical discussion and over a drink mull over the highs and lows of making funding applications.  Find out what has and hasn’t worked for others – you’re not alone!  Who knows where such networking may lead – a new round of joint applications?

The conversation will be led by Nod Knowles, who as Chief Executive of Bath Festivals and Head of Music at the Scottish Arts Council both made and assessed many funding applications.  Now a freelance arts consultant, his most recent success was as the writer of the Bristol & Bath Cultural Destinations bid for £350k from the Arts Council.  Nod will be on hand to offer the benefits of his extensive experience and share hints and tips.

Wednesday 12 & 26 Feb, 19.30 – 21.00

Venue:  BRLSI, Queen Square, Bath

Free to CFBA members but please register your interest in attending here.

Other dates for your diary for related events –

Arts Council England Funding Surgery, Wednesday 26 February, 14.30, BRSLI, Bath

CulturEuro Funding Seminar, Wednesday 19 March, 13.30, The Guild Coworking Hub, Bath

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