Non Arts Council Funding Workshop with Steph Graham

Well, we feel wiser about funding now than we did this morning!​ Steph Graham (consultant, fundraiser and producer who specialises in artist and organisational development) hosted a talk and Q&A about the most elusive thing professional artists have to tackle... FUNDING! We were pleased to see so many artists from different disciplines in attendance.

Steph has worked extensively for Arts Council England, developing the Artist International Development Fund, and assessing over £4 million worth of projects.

Before founding Adapt for Arts CIC, Steph worked at the Barbican, where she raised money for the centre’s artistic and creative learning programmes. Steph trained as fine artist, delivers workshops and training to individual artists, and is a trained project evaluator. Steph was part of the inaugural cohort of AFP Fundraising Fellows, and one of the first recipients of the Post Graduate Diploma in Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy from the University of Leeds. Her clients include Peckham Platform, the Crafts Council, Castlefield Gallery, The Place, The Royal College of Music, and many more…

The session covered:

- An introduction to fundraising and funding. From fundraising, to income generation, and all that’s in between the differences

- pros & cons - the psychology of philanthropy vs transactional funding

A tour through the different forms of funding available - Grants & bursaries - Crowdfunding - Bursaries - Sponsorship - Patronage - Income generation

Sourcing funding – where to look? Where to find out about funding opportunities

- Bid writing advice - Bid-writing 101 – golden rules, hints, tips and no no’s

What makes a good project? - So you have an idea – what next? - What aspects of a project are funders looking for?

Final questions – Q&A


It was super. Informative, informal and very interesting. Thanks Steph!

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