Networks Funding – May 2016

Groups & Networks

We want to support groups or networks to arrange their own fundraising training event, conference, seminar or introductory meeting. To do this, we have set aside some funding to pay some of the associated costs that arise from organising these events. This may include participants’ travel costs, venue hire, catering, fees for speakers/guests, or any other relevant expenditure.

May Applications – Successful Networks:

  • In partnership with The Core at Corby Cube, Made in Corby People & Partners Group will deliver a one-day training and information event under the banner of Launchpad Artists Toolkit, which will tie in with The Core’s regular local artists’ showcase. This will incorporate a range of sessions on different ways of gaining funding; preparing organisations and local artists to be investment ready.
  • One Dance UK will set up a new networking group: the Fundraising Forum involving 20 independent dance artists/producers who are currently taking part at the organisation’s Mentoring Leadership Programme. The Fundraising Forum will impart practical tips on how to pitch and raise funds with confidence. It will aim to tackle the fear of fundraising and enable participants to learn from each other on how to make effective cases for support to individual donors.
  • Young Arts Fundraisers is a new social network for cultural sector fundraisers at the outset of their careers. The network will organise a season launch and networking events at which two senior professionals will provide mentoring and skills development advice to participants in ‘speed-mentoring’ sessions. You can register with the network here.
  • The Leeds Learning Network will develop its participants’ skills in individual giving and attracting corporate sponsorship in dance and theatre performing arts. It will also help to develop the leadership of the network with a view to growing its membership in Yorkshire.
  • The Music Educators and Researchers of Young Children network aims to advance musical experiences and education for children aged 0 to 5 years in England through linking arts organisations with early years education and the wider music education sector. The network will hold a fundraising training day to develop the fundraising skills of its members and prepare them to fundraise for an early childhood music education conference.
  • Slough Arts Forum is a group of local professional and amateur artists from the Slough, Berkshire, South Buckingamshire and West London area. The group will invite local business to an event where five small commission projects will be shared, which will showcase art and demonstrate to businesses in Slough that their involvement in the local arts is essential. This could be financially by sponsoring artists e.g. providing opportunities for studio space and performance space and or in-kind support like mentoring individual artists.
  • The Culture Sector Business Development Forum East draws together business development professionals from cultural organisations in the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership (GCGPEP) LEP area. The focus of the forum will be to increase financial resilience, primarily through building connections with and investment from businesses. They will a Breakfast Meeting for forum members to network and share corporate funding challenges and best practice. They will also hold a “Dragon’s Den” style Pitching Masterclass for a number of members to pitch to sponsorship/CSR buyers.
  • The Co-Working Group is a newly formed consortium of London-based micro scale arts origination and independent art professionals working together to boost income generated for their projects and activities from private giving and businesses. The group aims to develop fundraising skills of its members, build peer-to-peer learning, create a supportive community of peers and work together by exchanging knowledge and resources.