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Free course on offer for individuals from Grimsby’s creative sector

3:05 pm, Tuesday, 2nd March 2021 - 3 years ago


Do you work in Grimsby’s creative sector and want to find out the best way to secure fundraising in the arts sector and have four weeks to invest in April and May?

Grimsby Creates, North East Lincolnshire’s cultural development programme, has secured three places at the sought-after National Arts Fundraising School (NAFS) residential programme in April through until May and is inviting local creatives to apply to fill the space.

The online programme will be held from 22 April 2021 to 14 May 2021 (2 days per week) and the three successful applicants from North East Lincolnshire will have the full cost of the programme (£1,200) covered by the Cultural Development Fund (CDF).

The widely acclaimed NAFS Programme is a 4-week online programme, and artists from any creative discipline are invited to apply to use the programme for professional development, learning of new skills, networking and sharing of understanding.

The focus of the programme is on fundraising and how to go about devising strategies for securing funds from different resources. However, the overall programme is designed around the participants’ requirements.

Additionally, ongoing advice and support is also provided by NAFS for the next 180 days with follow-up webinars as well as direct contact.

Cllr Callum Procter, Cabinet member for culture, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for creative people in North East Lincolnshire. In the modern world where everyone is fighting for the proverbial slice of cake, being able to secure fundraising is key to delivering not just good, but great, projects. I’m really pleased that our CDF programme is able to offer this to our local talent.”

Anyone working in the creative, arts and culture sector in North East Lincolnshire can apply for one of the places. A Creative Connections Group, comprised of local artists, creatives and sector experts will review applications based on responses to a series of questions, which can either by completed via written form or video recording. 

The three applicants who show that they would benefit most significantly and sustainably, as well as demonstrating how they will share their learning locally will secure the coveted places.

Grimsby Creates have previously funded this opportunity to local creatives in November 2020, with some very positive feedback.  Lisa February, an artist specialising in theatre and spoken work, said “The NAFS course broadened my knowledge of funding opportunities and how to approach them, in order to have the best chance of success.  As a result, myself and my partner were recently successful in our first Arts Council England bid.  We submitted after week one of the programme, which did influence our bid”.

Charlotte Bowen, a cultural producer producing music and performing arts programmes for The Culture House and Birdhouse, said “Learning how to approach philanthropists was very useful, including making a clear case for support.  The facilitators were highly knowledgeable and supportive.  I have already made an approach to a major funder as a result of the course and feel a new sense of purpose.  I made a great artist contact from our region through the course via another delegate and we are now working with them”.

For further details of the programme please visit:

For the application form contact [email protected] or telephone 01472 324957.

Applications close on 22 March 2021.

Grimsby Creates is funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and administered by Arts Council England as part of the Cultural Development Fund (CDF). 

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