Network Funding

Network Funding

Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy works to empower cultural professionals from across the sector by supporting them to develop their practice and to find creative, entrepreneurial new approaches to fundraising. We believe that collaboration is powerful and that sharing ideas, building knowledge and developing new skills is key to the long-term resilience of our sector.


Our Networks Funding aims to support these beliefs. At various points throughout the year we offer financial support to groups or networks across England to help them grow and thrive. This has been through helping them to build robust partnerships, strengthen fundraising skills, or bringing together a group with the aim of developing a new discussion. 


Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy is delighted to be able to  announce the succesful networks for July 2021!


As we move forwards from the pandemic, this latest Networks Funding comes at a time of crucial change for fundraisers across the sector, where there is opportunity to come together, reflect and rebuild better than before. We are delighted to announce the diverse range of Networks awarded funding in this application round, tackling key issues within the current fundraising environment:


  • Aakash Odedra - who will use this funding to form new network to begin a dialogue around the issues neurodivergent and dyslexic artists and artist led groups have with fundraising. The purpose of the group is to create a safe space in which both practitioners and fundraisers can share their experiences, discuss some real examples of where fundraising has been successful and where it has been problematic and discuss ways that artists can be supported.
  • Art with Heart - who will use this funding to run a day long crash course in arts fundraising session for underrepresented emerging to mid career artists within the UK in August 2021; a step by step ‘how to’ session for those forging their careers in the arts.
  • Brighton & Hove Cultural Recovery - who will use these funds as part of their mission to support Brighton & Hove’s arts and creative industries affected by the social and economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic to offer a sustainable future. The proposed training sessions will explore ‘human centered’ fundraising strategy development and equity, diversity and inclusion through a Community Centric Fundraising lens. 
  • Lean On, Platform Thirty1 - who will use this funding to build on the existing leading women’s workforce development project Lean On, which supports women in arts and culture to thrive. They will offer an event on fundraising for the 2021 cohort and alumni network.
  • New Earth - who will use this funding to run an afternoon session for the New Earth network and invited emerging, ethnically diverse fundraisers to share case studies of increasing diversity in their fundraising portfolioss, and to work with fundraising professionals to build a strategy that targets fundraising from new groups and communities reflective of the work they make.
  • Ryan Gilmartin - who will use this funding to build an inter-generational community of local artists to ensure local audiences have access to great art & artists on their doorstep, and support those artists to learn how to use fundraising to support themselves. 
  • Share Museums East - who will use this funding to hold the first three events for the newly formed museums Fundraising Network in the East of England. This network aims to support all museums both big and small, independent or partly funded, charitable bodies and others with their workforce development.upp
  • Sporting Heritage - who will use this funding to add in an extra element specifically focusing on fundraising and income diversification for our their yearly Sporting Heritage conference which will be delivered virtually for the second year, using a different type of format for the event called 'Resilience not Reliance'.


Congratualations to all of our latest networks! We look forward to working with you throughout the year.