Network Funding

Network Funding

We believe that collaboration is a powerful tool for stimulating innovation, sharing ideas, building knowledge and developing new skills and our Networks Funding aims to achieve exactly that.

Find out about the most recent Networks to receive funding in 2019-20 here.

Applications are now open for our next round of Network Funding, supported by Arts Council England.

We invite applications from groups or networks across England to support the development of a fundraising training event, conference, seminar or introductory meeting.

Organisations and groups can apply for the following levels of support towards the costs for organising an event or activity to take place before 14th March 2020.

  • Up to a maximum of £1,000 for any single event, or group of events, benefitting a minimum of ten people, who are either freelancers or staff from at least three different arts, cultural or heritage organisations;
  • Up to a maximum of £2,000 for any single event, or group of events, benefitting a minimum of twenty people, who are either freelancers or staff from at least five different arts, cultural or heritage organisations.

We are looking to support a diverse range of Network events tackling key issues within the current fundraising environment and we have identified the following priority areas that we would like to target:

Workforce development, for example:

  • Encouraging new approaches to encourage fundraisers into the sector
  • Encouraging new training pathways for fundraisers
  • Exploring how to develop sustainable fundraising teams of the future

Fundraising strategy, for example:

  • Supporting consortia to develop more effective fundraising strategy
  • Developing approaches to effective fundraising in partnership

Diversity in the fundraising profession, or diversity of donors, for example:

  • Exploring organisations to reach out to new donors or new communities
  • Encouraging new approaches to hiring diverse talent into fundraising

However, we also welcome applications for projects working in other areas where you are able to demonstrate an urgent need or added value for your community and the wider sector. We are particularly interested in receiving applications for networks and groups that offer support to individuals facing any of the social, economic and institutional barriers that can prevent people from creating, participating or enjoying art and culture.

To apply, please email your four-page proposal to David Johnson before 15th November 2019. For full details on the application process and what we are looking for in your proposal, please click here.


Previously supported Networks:

Click here to read about the Networks we supported in 2018

Click here to read about the eleven Networks we supported in September 2017

Click here to read about the nine Networks we supported in April 2017

Click here to read about the eight Networks we supported in May 2016

Click here to read about the ten Networks we supported in February 2016

Click here to read about the ten Networks we supported in August 2015