Networks Funding

Networks Funding

Applications for Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy’s latest round of Networks Funding are now closed.


Please note applications for this round of Networks Funding are now closed. Successful funding applications will be announced in mid-July 2022. 


At Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy, we work to empower cultural professionals by supporting them to develop their practice and find creative, new approaches to fundraising. We believe that collaboration is a powerful tool for stimulating innovation, sharing ideas, building knowledge and developing new skills. Our Networks Funding aims to achieve exactly that. 

We offer core financial support to fundraising groups or networks across England to support them to grow and thrive. Our funding will contribute to the development of new training events, conferences, seminars or meetings, with the aim of strengthening arts fundraising skills and building robust partnerships across the sector. 


What can we support?

We are able to fund both virtual and in person events, understanding the important role of both accessible online opportunities and real-world connections. Organisations and groups can apply for support to cover any relevant expenditure for an event or activity to take place between July and December 2022:

  • Up to a maximum of £2,500 for any single event, or group of events, benefitting a community of people, who are either freelancers or staff from at least five different arts, cultural or heritage organisations. The funding can cover the costs of co-ordination, participants’ travel costs, venue hire, catering and speakers/guests. 
  • Up to a maximum of £1,000 for entirely virtual activity, to cover the cost of software, administration or external training support. For virtual networks, Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy can also provide a facilitator from its network if required. Virtual activity must benefit a minimum of ten people. 


We are looking to support a diverse range of events tackling key issues within the current fundraising environment. As such we have identified the following priority areas that we have a particular interest in: 

  • Exploring ways to support the wellbeing and resilience of arts fundraisers
  • Exploring place-based fundraising, especially around Arts Council England Priority and Levelling Up for Culture Places
  • To explore arts fundraisers’ response to important sector issues such as the ethics of fundraising, recruitment and retention of fundraisers and equality, diversity and inclusion
  • To enhance knowledge of green fundraising strategies and how cultural fundraising can play a part in the environmental agenda

However, we also welcome applications for projects working in other areas where groups are able to demonstrate how it will support arts fundraising practice, or where there are other urgent needs for your community and the wider sector. 

We strongly believe in supporting groups to access funds, and as such will support unconstituted networks, i.e., those not linked to an established organisation.


Please note applications for this round of Networks Funding are now closed. Successful funding applications will be announced in mid-July 2022.