A New Funding Toolkit & Event Success

Meet The Funders at Preston Guild Hall

Meet The Funders
Image Credit: Michael Porter


Over 100 artists, culture and community groups and organisations attended a Meet The Funders event in Preston last week. Co-hosts, Preston City Council and Arts Lancashire, welcomed representatives from the National Lottery Community Fund, Arts Council England, Crowdfund Lancashire, The Harris Charity and My Funding Central to Preston Guild Hall for a day of support and guidance on finding and applying for funding and investment for culture and community projects.

The event, which was open to artists, culture and community organisations and voluntary groups from across Lancashire, delivered a programme of back-to-back presentations from each funder. In addition, 36 attendees received specific advice for their project ideas through one-to-one advice surgeries.

Alex O’Toole, Chair of Arts Lancashire said,

“The funders were extremely generous in speaking to so many people directly. They managed to deliver far more one-to-ones than we had scheduled, which goes to show it’s always worth attending these events in person. Making in-person connections with funding representatives is invaluable in helping you to understand what to include in your funding application and how you might think about developing your project so it is more attractive to funders.”

Lucy Mellor from Mellor & Rose Calligraphy said the event was “incredibly insightful and engaging throughout”.

Tim Joel, Head of Culture said,

“We were pleased to work with Arts Lancashire to respond to what the sector told us they needed in the artist survey conducted at the beginning of the year. It was such a creative and productive day, bringing together local creatives and funders to discuss new ideas and projects. Over 100 creatives coming together at the Guild Hall – let’s hope 100 new ideas start to grow!”

A new funding toolkit to accompany the event is now available on the Arts Lancashire website. As well as providing more information about the funders who presented at the event, and details about a range of other funders, the toolkit also includes top tips for planning and writing funding applications and a list of local key contacts across Lancashire for you to connect with if you need to discuss a project.

To download the funding toolkit visit: https://artslancashire.org.uk/meet-the-funders-toolkit/

For more information about Meet The Funders visit: https://artslancashire.org.uk/meet-the-funders/


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