This two-hour workshop will give you an overview of the three Lottery Funding bodies most relevant to cultural organisations and approaches to take for the best chance of funding success.


Thursday 14 October 2021, 2 – 4pm (with a break), on Zoom


What is it about?

National Lottery grants are distributed by different organisations who all have different priorities, different processes but also common interests. Researching all this information can seem like a minefield, so this workshop aims to cut through the confusion and present the main things to consider with each funder. We will discuss how to decide what to apply for and key tips to make sure you have the right things in place to give you the best chance of success.

This online workshop is relevant to creative and cultural practitioners and organisations who want to find out about approaches to winning funding from three lottery funding distributors: Arts Council England, Heritage Fund and Community Fund.

What is covered?

The workshop will cover:

  • A detailed look at the different funds open to you
  • Why ALL the different distributors might be relevant to your work
  • Their different priorities
  • How to decide how much to ask for
  • Tips for success for the different funders
  • How to present budgets, project plans and evidence
  • What you will need to do if you get funding

There will be time to ask questions and discuss approaches. The workshop will be led by our Arts and Heritage Consultant, Jo Dacombe, who has years of experience of successfully approaching all three funders and can give specific guidance as well as examples.

Who should attend?

The workshop is suitable for those with no experience of lottery funding, those who have had some lottery funding success and are ready to be more ambitious, or those who want to update their knowledge. It is relevant for all charities, community and voluntary sector organisations and creative individuals.


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: Getting Lottery Funding


£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:

  • Fundraising Fundamentals on Thursday 2 September 2021, 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Book here
  • Evaluation Basics on Thursday 25 November 2021, 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Book here
  • How to create a Business Plan on Thursday 13 January 2022, 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Book here
  • How to create a Fundraising Strategy on Thursday 24 February 2022, 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Book here