Bid-writing workshop for arts groups


Date: Thursday 25 July 2019
Times: 9:30am – 12:30pm
Location: Chapter Arts Centre, Market Road, Canton, Cardiff CF5 1QE
Cost: £25.00 
Trainer: Laura Drane

NB. This course will be delivered in English.

If you’re an individual or organisation working in the arts and aiming to raise funds for your projects, whether you’re new to the bid-writing process or want to scale-up your applications, this course will equip you to win.

You’ll understand every stage of the bid-writing process from identifying funds to delivering a winning bid, both in the wider strategic and policy contexts and at the practical level of dos and don’ts. After completing this course, you’ll be fully prepared not just for filling in the form, but for the whole journey.

Who will benefit from this class?

Anyone in the arts and cultural sector aiming to raise funds for projects or operations. The course is suitable both for those who have not been through the bid-writing process and those who have some experience and wish to improve their skills or increase the scale of their applications.

Course contents
  • Basic introduction to types and sources of funds
  • From application to aware to “doing it” to evaluation
  • Dos and don’ts, tips and tricks
  • Plenary and finish
Equipment you’ll need

Please bring a computer, tablet or your preferred writing medium to take notes and complete exercises.

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

We're running this event at cost. If you're from a voluntary group and the price is a barrier to your attendance, please contact us on [email protected] to discuss. 

About the trainer

Laura Drane is 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 course is based on training provided in-house to the RSA, Clore Leadership Programme and British Science.


“Laura has delivered a large number of workshops for the North West museums sector over the last six years and all have been very well received. Her understanding and appreciation for the challenges that individuals and organisations face when fundraising is evident, and her ability to teach and advise a wide variety of attendees has had a real impact."
Alex Bird, MDNW

"Laura has delivered her bid-writing workshop for us many times and the feedback is always excellent. Attendees have come from a very wide range of backgrounds and levels of understanding / experience and she tailors it well to them all - whether a tech start up, a voluntary trustee, a budding copywriter, an artist, or a staff member from a university, local authority, or large organisation. Her content and delivery are on point and we are glad to welcome her back time and again as this is one of our most successful courses."
Rachael Turner, CEO Madlab

If you have questions about this workshop, please contact Voluntary Arts Wales on [email protected] 

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