What is Bid 101?

Bid Writing 101 workshop

This is a highly interactive, hands-on workshop to help you develop the transferable skills to write effective funding bids. Whenever possible we have no more than 8 participants per workshop.


Before attending the workshop you will be expected to submit an Expression of Interest for a project that you would like the Bank of Imagination to fund. This does not have to be a real-world project; it is simply a vehicle to enable you to take part in the workshop. You will be asked to prepared a 2-slide presentation of your project to give at the workshop itself.

On the day

After introductions there will be a learning section which will take you through the bid application and inform you the types of information you may need to consider in order to make your bid successful.

There will be brief presentations from all participants to explain what their project is.

You will need to bring a laptop to the workshop in order to fill in your funding application form. Make sure you have a power supply too, just in case. A USB pen drive would also be advisable. 

Writing your bid

A funding application form will be distributed at the workshop – in digital and hard copy forms.

You will be given ample time to draft your bid during the morning. After a brief lunch break we will have a short progress report session before continuing to revise and complete your bids in order to submit electronically at the end of the workshop.

Group Feedback

Throughout the day there will be opportunities for group feedback as well as one-to-one support from the Imagination team.


The end of the session will allow for reflection of what has been learned and ensure that everything has been understood and answer any further questions. We will also discuss where, if you so wish, you could apply for real-life funding for the bid proposal and how you might apply what you have done to future applications.

Beyond 101

There are various other workshops and events run through the Funding Accelerator project, as well as through other faculties at Lancaster University. We can advise on what may be suitable for you to attend next.