This half-day workshop is about supporting you step by step to prepare and write a range of funding bids.

Fundraising Fundamentals – Top tips and tools for fundraising success.

What is it about?

Fundraising can be a challenge and extremely disheartening when applications for funding are declined. It takes time to develop high-quality bids. For many, it is also about having a bit more confidence.

This half-day workshop is about supporting you step by step to prepare and write a range of funding bids and approaches to funders such as Lottery, Trusts and Foundations and also individual donors. The workshop will share some top tips and tools to save time, boost your confidence and increase your success.

What is covered?

Topics covered include:

  • The key elements of a fundraising strategy
  • Tools for planning your projects (and thus the content of your funding bids)
  • The language of funders and tailoring responses
  • Starting to write your bid
  • Building relationships with your supporters.

The workshop will be interactive, encourage discussion and include step-by-step practical activities to take you through the process. At the end of the workshop, you will have all you need to start drafting!

Refreshments will be provided.

Who should attend?

This is an introductory session for those with little or no experience in fundraising or for those people in need of a refresh or confidence boost. It is relevant for all charities, community and voluntary sector organisations who are looking for guidance on how and where to start.

From previous attendees:

” Thank you so much for the opportunity – I really feel I gained useful practical skill.”

” The session really opened my eyes to the work that goes into creating a funding proposal.”


The training is delivered by Lynn Simmonds, ArtReach’s Arts and Heritage Consultant who has over 15 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector, working in programme management, grant-making and fundraising roles.

Having worked primarily in small and medium sized charities, Lynn’s fundraising experience covers the whole funding mix from Lottery, Trusts and Foundations, Individual Giving, Memberships, and Corporates.

About ArtReach

ArtReach has evolved over a 20-year period to offer a unique combination of consultancy support and creative producer delivery. From April 2018, ArtReach is a Band 2 ACE NPO. ArtReach has provided fundraising support for small and medium-sized organisations and venues and has successfully fundraised to develop its own major, original projects – Night of Festivals (15 editions delivered since 2010) and Journeys Festival International (JFI) a refugee arts festival with ACE Ambition for Excellence support, delivered annually in Leicester, Manchester and Portsmouth. ArtReach has also secured European funding, including three consecutive awards through Creative Europe, for our Festival activity.

ArtReach has secured over £60 million for arts and heritage projects across the UK from sources including Lottery, Local Authorities and other statutory sources, European Union (Creative Europe, ERDF, ESF and INTERREG), private Trusts and Foundations, corporate sources and individual donors. Over the last three years ArtReach has written circa 50 successful applications to ACE (with over a 90% success rate).

Book your workshop space here: Fundraising Fundamentals