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


Thursday 2nd September 2021, 2.00pm – 4.00pm (with a break), on Zoom


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 online 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!

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 skills.”

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


The training will be delivered by Arts and Heritage Consultant Jo Dacombe. Jo has worked in the cultural sector for 25 years, fundraising for her own initiated creative projects as well as working in arts development and as a consultant. Since working at ArtReach, Jo has supported large and small organisations to access Lottery funds, DCMS and DEFRA funding, Trusts and Foundations grants and to develop fundraising strategies, membership schemes and individual giving.

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, from 2020 rebranded as Liberty UK Festival) and Journeys Festival International, 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 its 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


£30 per person

A number of places are reserved on a first-come basis for individuals or organisations with an annual turnover of less than £30,000. Please contact

Further Training Opportunities

ArtReach is also planning further training and development workshops throughout the year:

  1. Getting Lottery Funding on Thursday 14 October 2021, 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Book here
  2. Evaluation Basics on Thursday 25 November 2021, 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Book here
  3. How to create a Business Plan on Thursday 13 January 2022, 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Book here
  4. How to create a Fundraising Strategy on Thursday 24 February 2022, 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Book here