Workshops & Courses

Funding Fit

Online work­shop look­ing at how to devel­op a project and sub­mit a suc­cess­ful fund­ing application.

Opening Times
18:00 – 20:00
CAMP members £7 / non-members £18
Funding Fit is a workshop, run by artist Simon Poulter, looking at how to develop a project and submit a successful funding application. Simon’s recent Funding Fit sessions for CAMP resulted in FOUR successful funding bids by CAMP members.

Arts Council England’s funds have become very competitive in the last 2 years. Preparing a bid can take a significant amount of time and making your project and bid fit to be funded is very important.

There is a new round of Developing Your Own Creative Practice (DYCP ) opening in November 2023, with the deadline of 14 December 2023 for DYCP applications. And the Arts Council England Project Grants is open for bids too. This workshop helps you get prepared for both of these, with real world tips on success.

This workshop is two hours long, and is divided into two parts, an hour each:

PART ONE – 1 hour
In part one of the session we talk about how to devise the project from ground up. We’ll draw up a one pager describing the project, then we’ll assess the goals of the funding programmes we are targeting. This part goes into detail on how to turn a project into a fundable proposition. We will discuss scoping the project, first draft budget and creating partnerships. There will be an overview of Arts Council England’s Lets Create agenda and outcomes.

PART TWO – 1 hour
In the second part of the session we will cover two Arts Council England strands – Project Grants (up to 30K) and Developing Your Own Creative Practice (DYCP ). This part concentrates on how to get the application across the line, as well as payments to yourself, your collaborators and insurance for public facing works/

We will also look at why bids fail and the importance of ‘follow up’ contact when funding is not awarded.

Click on the website link to book your ticket.

Simon Poulter has a wide range of experience as an artist, curator and programme developer. He has worked widely across the UK with organisations including FACT, Watershed, AND Festival, Furtherfield and Metal. He has delivered two successful National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) awards and recently completed successful funding bids from a range of sources, for 2NQ (London), Doncaster Creates and Mutiny. Between 2015-2019 he led the Collusion programme in Cambridge, securing an ACE Ambition for Excellence Award, and match funding from Greater Cambridge Local Economic Partnership and tech companies Arm and Cambridge Consultants.

This workshop will take place on Zoom, using image & audio, and you will be asked by the workshop leader to participant either by voice or text chat. You are very welcome to bring a support worker with you to the session (just let us know by email after you book so we can share the Zoom link with them too). There is live-captioning (words pop up as they are spoken).