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Do you live in South and East Lincolnshire Council Partnership Area and need funds to support your cultural work?

If you live in the South and East Lincolnshire Council Partnership area and need support for your work, as a cultural or heritage organisation or even as an individual artist, we’ve some exciting news. Support from the Partnership means we can offer three FREE places on the National Arts Fundraising School, and if you’re quick one of those places could be yours!

Everything you ever wanted to know about fundraising

Our School’s training programmes, established for over 35 years, has helped almost 2000 individuals and organisations raise over £500M. It’s the perfect way to learn the skills you need to secure cash for your cause, from writing powerful proposals, to setting up a credible Crowdfunder and from asking high net worth individuals for support to clinching that sponsorship deal with a local company. Whether you need £5,000 for your next small project or £5M to refurb your whole building this is a fabulous opportunity.

Bernard Ross (Headshot)
I’m so delighted that the generous support of the partnership will open up this fabulous training for individuals and agencies in South and East Lincolnshire Councils Partnership.
Bernard Ross, Director, National Arts Fundraising School

Flexible for you

There are two versions of the school. Which one would be best for you?

Online option

This programme starts on 4th of March and lasts four weeks. You’ll need to commit 2 x .5 days a week for four weeks. From your home or office you’ll learn using a mix of video recordings and live online sessions. This is terrific if you have caring responsibilities. You can find out more about the experience here.

Online option

This programme starts on 13th of May and lasts five days. You’ll take part in an intensive week-long learning event led by leading fundraising experts. You’ll be based in a  delightful 4 star hotel near Manchester, and your accommodation and tuition is included. You can find out more about the experience here.

Want to find out more?

If you want to find out what’s involved and how you can secure your place, we’ve arranged a FREE 30 minute discovery webinar on 8th February at 12:45pm.

In the webinar you’ll have the chance to meet the School Director, Bernard Ross and local cultural entrepreneur Bruce Knight from The Sessions House who attended the School last year. You’ll be able to ask questions about the various options and how to claim your FREE place.

Bruce Knight, Trustee & Arts Director, The Sessions House, Spillsby
The School was brilliant. The skilled and knowledgeable programme leaders covered loads of ideas and underpinned it with inspiration and insight. We’ve now transformed our approach to fundraising, and we’re planning to send another trustee to build up our capacity.
Bruce Knight, Trustee & Arts Director, The Sessions House, Spillsby

Keen to apply NOW for your place?

Can’t wait until the webinar, and sure you want to bid for a place on the School NOW? Why not fill in the application form here.

Not sure if you’re eligible?

We’re keen to be open and flexible about the individuals and organisations who take advantage of the training. The only condition is that should be within the boundaries of the three partnership local authorities. If you’re unsure about eligibility, or you want to ask questions don’t hesitate to get in touch.

For questions on eligibility contact:

Sam Philips —

For questions on the programme contact:

Bernard Ross —

Yes! I want to apply for my FREE NAFS place

Please only fill in the form below if you live and work in South and East Lincolnshire Council Partnership Area. This includes South Holland District Council, Boston Borough Council, or East Lindsey District Council.

If you live and work in one of these fabulous locations simply fill in the simple form below. You can use this to apply for a free place on either the online or residential version of the National Arts Fundraising School.

The form is simple and just asks you for some basic information about you and why you think you’d benefit. If we need more information we’ll come back to you. Don’t hesitate to apply as we’ll be processing reviewing as they come and will decide by 16th February.

Please be aware that:

  • the online school starts on March 4th and run for four weeks. You’ll need to be available 2 x .5 days a week to benefit
  • the residential programme runs 13th– 17th May near Manchester and you have to be available for the five days

Applying for your free place is open to anyone:  individual artists, producers, cultural entrepreneurs, volunteers or someone representing an organisation. You don’t have to be part of a registered charity, or formal organisation but you should have a clear social or community aspect to your work.

Ready? Just fill in the form below as simply and clearly as you can. When you press send we’ll acknowledge receipt and let you know when the places are allocated.

Application Form

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