Network Funding – February 2016

biennial-grand-finale-2449 Photo Peter Carr[1]The Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy programme wants to encourage and support networks, collaboration and group learning in fundraising across England in the arts and cultural sector.  We know that there are lots of informal and formal groups & networks in place, linking people through geography or sector area. We also know that networks can be fragile, dependent on one or two individuals and subject to members having the time and money to attend meetings.

How we can help
We have set funds aside to pay some of the associated costs that arise from organising networking events.  This may include participants’ travel costs, venue hire, catering, fees for speakers/guests, or any other relevant expenditure. In February 2016 we were pleased to fund 10 diverse networks across the country.

Successful networks for February 2016:

  • Culture Everywhere will deliver an arts fundraising training conference event for arts organisations near Sheffield, to be held in May 2016. The event will look at the key themes collecting and using data; how small organisations can maximise their fundraising, and balancing the need to produce strong social outcomes whilst delivering artistic quality.
  • The Fundraising for Circus group, coordinated by the National Centre for Circus Arts aims to bring individuals together to establish a fundraisers network to share knowledge and encourage peer learning, which will strengthen fundraising processes to the benefit of the wider circus sector through informed decisions and practice.
  • iF was set up in 2015 to support disabled artists to work in the arts and gain access to funding. The network plans to hold a Conversation day in Brighton in May 2016, to support the next generation of disabled artists find funding to develop their artistic activity and find pathways of progression in the arts.
  • London Writers Network, organised by Spread The Word, will organise a half-day event to kick start the Network and provide writers with professional development and networking opportunities.
  • The London21 Consortium includes five exciting performing arts companies: Border Crossings, Company of Angels, ice&fire, Tamasha and CASA Festival. All the consortium partners make work for new and diverse audiences, and delivering high quality engagement programmes. The funding will enable a one-day fundraising training seminar on individual giving for all organisations and one of their trustees.
  • Looping the Loop theatre consortium, organised by Ramsgate Arts, will run a fundraising workshop to give regional producers and performers an awareness of potential areas of support, share personal knowledge and find out more about the scene in Kent.
  • The Market Place, based In Forest Heath and Fenland, is part of the Creative People and Places programme, which encourages people to choose, create and take part in art experiences in the places where they live. The network will run a Money Bootcamp for its members, providing inspiration, learning and support in the writing of applications.
  • Midlands Arts Fundraising Forum was set up to provide a networking opportunity for Midlands-based arts fundraisers to meet and share best practice. The next meeting will be held in March 2016.
  • People Dancing propose to run three fundraising skills development events across England, and through these establish a virtual support network facilitated by People Dancing’s Development Manager.
  • The Appetite Supper Club in Stoke-on-Trent is part of the Creative People and Places programme, which encourages people to choose, create and take part in art experiences in the places where they live. The network will run a fundraising workshop for its members in February 2016.