Watershed: Apply for Arts Funding Workshop

Applying for Arts Funding

Applying for arts funding can feel like shouting into a storm. How do you know if a particular opportunity is right for you, your project, you practice, or your business? How do you know what to include or leave out of an application? What are decision makers looking for when they consider bids? Is there some sort of secret formula that makes some things fundable and others not? This Watershed/ Network for Creative Enterprise workshop at The Stable in Weston will prepare you when faced with such questions.

Key info

  • Date: Wednesday 23 May
  • Time: 15:30-20:00
  • Venue: The Stable Creative Hub, 3-6 Wadham Street, Weston-Super-Mare, BS23 1JY
  • Cost: FREE

Arts Council England

Ruth Kapadia, Arts Council England Relationship Manager, will talk about their current funding opportunities available. Her presentation will cover the new National Lottery Project Grants, as well as providing tips on what the decision makers are looking for in a successful application. After Ruth’s presentation, there will be time for any questions. 

Practical bid writing skills workshop.

Of course, there are many different avenues to raise funds for your creative projects. Laura Drane, Theatre Bristol CEO, will run a workshop to explore the different avenues and give you some of the practical skills needed to write a successful application. 

Whether you’re new to the bid writing process or want to scale up your applications, this workshop will equip you. You’ll understand every stage of the bid writing process from identifying funds to delivering a winning bid, with some practical dos and don’ts. 

The workshop is suitable for both those who have not been through the bid writing process and those who have some experience but wish to improve their skills or increase the scale of their applications.

The session will cover a basic introduction to types and sources of funding; key stages from research to application writing to evaluation, with plenty of tips and tricks.

Learning outcomes

  • Knowledge of sources and types of funding available
  • Understanding the bid and award process
  • Understanding the use of language in bid writing
  • Experience in addressing common questions in bid processes
  • Awareness of broader considerations beyond filling in the form
  • Confidence in completing bids

Laura Drane is CEO of Theatre Bristol, and a producer and consultant specialising in public engagement across the arts, cultural and science/technology sectors. She’s a veteran bid-winner on all scales from £500 to £500,000, and for organisations large and small. This workshop is based on training provided in-house to the RSA, Clore Leadership Programme and the British Science Association.

To book a place

To book a place please email Rachael Burton at Watershed with a small paragraph about your creative idea, project or business and your address (either where your business is registered or your home address). Places are limited, so please get in touch as soon as possible. Please let Rachael know if you have any access requirements.

This event is produced by Network for Creative Enterprise,, a partnership between Coworking Bath (The Guild), Knowle West Media Centre, Spike Island, UWE Bristol and Watershed. Funded by Arts Council England and the European Regional Development Fund.