Networks Funding 2023

Networks Funding 2023


  • Arts Derbyshire will use this funding to host one full day fundraising training course for its members, with a focus on fundraising for core costs, aimed at its leadership network of arts organisations and its network of festivals. Following the loss of core funding for ten of its core community arts organisations, the training course will aim to support them in finding new sources of funding to fill a vital gap. Direct funding from Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy will cover facilitator costs, venue hire, accessibility costs, technical support and Arts Derbyshire’s own core costs for administering and managing both the event and the subsequent dissemination of learning.


  • Queer Arts North will use this funding to host two network meetings, the first taking place virtually in April and the second taking place face-to-face in July. The meetings will enable the network’s partners to spend focused planning time together, developing the network’s artist and sector development programme, and strategically planning appropriate funders and application capacity. With more than half of Queer Arts North’s partners being non-core funded, direct funding from Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy will cover partner fees, attendees’ time and travel costs as well as Curious Arts’ own core costs for coordinating and managing these essential meetings.


  • OutdoorArtsUK will use this funding to host a special four-event strand of its summer Outdoor Arts On The Road events programme for 2023, ‘Funding Forum’, with a clear emphasis on supporting artists and festivals to explore wider funding opportunities and fundraising strategies beyond the usual sources. For maximum reach, OutdoorArtsUK will place these events at four major outdoor arts festivals taking place between July and September (Hat Fair Winchester, B:D Fest Bradford, GDIF Greenwich & Freedom Festival Hull), also streaming and recording all activity for further online distribution. Direct funding from Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy will cover speaker fees for panelists, alongside a contribution towards associated event costs.


  • Norfolk & Norwich Festival Connect and Create will use this funding to host two face-to-face training events encompassing business planning and membership support for Local Cultural Education Partnership (LCEP) leads, coordinators and stakeholders from LCEPs across Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Norfolk and Suffolk. These training events will provide East of England Local Cultural Education Partnerships with the tools and knowledge to create a self-sustaining legacy and progression, unreliant on continually sourcing external funding. Direct funding from Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy will cover the cost of contracting an expert financier to deliver the training, associated travel expenses and event catering costs. 


  • Cumbria Arts & Culture Network will use this funding to host a set of three half-day training events, using experienced fundraisers to develop fundraising skills among individual artists and staff from small organisations which do not have a dedicated fundraising team. The events will take place between June and July and will be located around the county, providing a springboard into realising Cumbria Arts & Culture Network’s aspiration to set up sub-regional fundraiser hubs. Direct funding from Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy will cover venue hire, catering costs, speaker fees as well as Cumbria Arts & Culture Network’s own core costs for coordinating both the half-day training sessions and the establishment of sub-regional hubs.


  • Young Arts Fundraisers will use this funding to host a minimum of four virtual events between April and September, tackling key issues within the current fundraising environment. The online events will focus on three main areas including arts fundraising outside of the capital, skills development for early-career arts fundraisers and inclusion, reflection and wellbeing, all with the aim to reach new network members through relevant and meaningful programming. Direct funding from Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy will contribute to Young Arts Fundraisers’ own operational costs for coordinating and delivering the events, including online account subscriptions, removal of registration limits and website domain costs.


  • Scalarama will use this funding to host two face-to-face fundraising development days, the first in April, taking place in Nottingham and the second in May, taking place in Leeds. The events will provide an opportunity for different organisations from Scalarama groups in Leeds, Nottingham and Merseyside to come together, whilst hearing from expert speakers on wellbeing and the environment, to devise a fundraising strategy. Direct funding from Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy will contribute to a social media campaign, website developments, speaker fees, accessibility measures, venue hire, associated travel expenses and catering costs, as well as Cinema Nation’s own core costs for coordinating and facilitating the events.


  • North East Family Arts Network will use this funding to host one face-to-face conference giving its members the opportunity to learn, discuss and explore ways the culture sector can support families during the UK Cost of Living crisis. The participation of a fundraising consultant will give attendees the best chance of winning the funds to turn their ideas into a reality and they will leave the event with clear action points to take forward. Direct funding will cover the professional fees of a fundraising consultant, additional facilitator fees and North East Family Arts Network’s own core costs for organising, promoting and managing both the event, as well as the subsequent dissemination of learning.


  • Eastern Region Museums’ Trustee Network will use this funding to host two face-to-face meetings for the Network on the theme of fundraising, taking place between June and July. The meetings will include the specialist support of an expert trainer, case studies, valuable networking time and some short one-to-one surgeries for Trustees. With varied levels of experience and knowledge in fundraising, these meetings will ensure that all members of the group leave with a greater understanding of the area, leading to a stronger response and greater development of fundraising ideas within broader activities. Direct funding will cover the professional fees and associated travel costs for the trainer, alongside a small travel bursary fund to cover the cost of some Trustees attending.


  • Sunderland Creative Forum  will utilise their funding to deliver three half-day fundraising sessions in Sunderland cultural spaces. Topics include case for support, individual giving and strategy. 


  • B&G Partners LLP will develop a new network to build better relationships between the cultural and corporate sectors. First, a pilot network event will run in London, hosted by the Ministry of Stories. It will host five organisations and five businesses, and will then run a follow-up webinar. 


  • In Good Company will run two workshops for disabled artists and those who support disabled artists in Derby, exploring accessible routes to fundraising and supporting partners to better understand the fundraising landscape for disabled artists. 


  • Movement Connects will use their grant to run two hybrid fundraising events for a group of movement artists (masterclass and networking session), focusing on fundraising strategy and securing partnerships as well as maintaining wellbeing. The event will run n Norwich and online. 


  • Greater Manchester Arts will run two half-day sessions; the first is a mapping and consultation exercise and the second is a fundraising training session. The running of the former session will be supported by a fundraising consultant, who will lead on the development of a strategy for the network (representatives of the cultural sector in Greater Manchester).