We held our very first funding accelerator workshop in Blackpool on the 21st March (see what I did with the title of this post 😀 ) and it was very well received by all the new people who attended. Continue reading A Towering Success
Braving the northern England weather we, along with 19 bid writers, headed to Brentwood, Coniston in early March to get some time to write bids. Continue reading Brantwood Bid Writing Retreat
After our successful launch event at Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery it was lovely to be back in such inspiring and grand surroundings for our February workshop.
Our theme for this session was “project development” so the morning discussion centred around how to organise projects so that they run smoothly and also how to scale them from pilots to full-blow projects. As usual there was lively discussion with lots of shared advice and support among the attendees. Continue reading Action Amongst the Art
I have found the experience incredibly useful in that it gives the time and space to pursue funding bids with a flexible and agile support system. The peer to peer element of the programme has been particularly interesting for me as it is easy to sit in your own silo and work with the funders and areas you have always used. For me working in the arts I am experienced at Arts Council England and Heritage Lottery fund bids, but from others I am learning new opportunities, thinking laterally and starting to dip my toe into other areas of funding that I knew nothing about. The space to discuss your ideas and plans and perhaps take them to somewhere you didn’t expect is wonderful, however this is a time consuming process and the 6 month period is not enough time to start to understand a funder, develop new collaborations and be successful in a funding bid.
About the project
The Funding Accelerator is a HEIF funded project led by Professor Leon Cruickshank from Lancaster University.
Working with various public, health, private, and third sector organisations we facilitate the creation of cross-sector collaborative project ideas and assist you through the process of developing your idea, writing the bid, and submitting for funding.
This is an excellent opportunity for Lancaster University academics to collaborate with organisations to not only further research but also provide tangible benefits for local communities.Continue reading Project areas of interest (so far)