Finding and Applying for Funding

18th March, 2020

These guides were produced as part of our season of fundraising workshops, which was supported by Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy. 


Produced by Pamela Johnson

Pamela has worked in the cultural sector since 1990 and has been training, advising and supporting artists, arts and heritage organisations for over 20 years. She has held practitioner posts, but also worked as a funding distributor and grant application assessor. Her more recent consultancy work has seen her delivering successful fundraising consultancy for artists, theatre companies and venues and delivering training with a hands-on and creative approach that is rooted in practical experience. Her extensive knowledge and experience of the arts funding environment has resulted in demand to develop strategies, create and write funding applications and lead on evaluation and reporting requirements. 

You can download Pamela's presentation here:

Where To Look For Funding


Produced by Tracey Shibli

As an Arts Administrator and Fundraiser with over 30 years experience Tracey offers friendly, no nonsense advice on sources of funding and practical, well-honed bid writing skills. She works with an eclectic range of groups from large arts organisations to small parish councils and from welfare charities to choirs.

For 10 years Tracey was Administrative Director of Music in the Round, Sheffield's chamber music promoter. During that time, as well as sustaining the company's NPO status, she was successful in securing an Arts Council grant of £300,000 to establish a national touring circuit for chamber music.

She was also involved in the £340,000 redevelopment of Endcliffe Park Playground in 2008. Other capital projects have included £20,000 for the refurbishment of a local scout hut and £50,000 for the refurbishment of a children’s playground in Hungarton, a small Leicestershire village (this project achieved 100% success for the applications submitted including £35,000 from BIFFA Award and £12,000 from the Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ scheme). 

You can download Tracey's presentation here:

How To Formulate An Ask