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Tracey Shibli

Freelance Fundraiser and Bid Writer

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

For 10 years I 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, I was successful in securing an Arts Council grant of £300,000 to establish a national touring circuit for chamber music.

As a passionate Sheffielder, I am undeniably proud of my involvement in the £340,000 redevelopment of Endcliffe Park Playground in 2008. As the lead bid writer we even secured Arts Council England funding to commission a song to celebrate its opening and a 'frame' (not a fence) to go around the playground.  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). 

Recent and current clients include: Greentop Community Circus, VocalEyes, Forced Entertainment Ltd, Sheffield Industrial Museums, Sheffield Music Academy and St Wilfrid's Centre.  I am a member of the Institute of Fundraising. In October 2019 I joined the Board of Sheffield Creative Guild. 

In my free time I love to play tennis and ride, tend my garden and flock of backyard chickens, knit and walk in The Peak.

I'm always happy to meet individuals and organisations for an informal chat about their funding needs or projects where they might need a bit of administrative support.