What do you need to know before you apply for grant funding for an arts or community project?

If you’re new to fundraising or applying for arts funding grants, the whole process can seem pretty daunting and overwhelming. Make sure you give your applications the best chance of success by preparing carefully.

With support from the Doing Digital project at Plymouth College of Art, I have produced a series of videos around understanding different aspects of fundraising. These videos are designed for recent graduates and undergrad & postgrad students, but will be valuable to anyone setting out to learn more about the world of fundraising.

An Introduction to Grant Funding

This video covers the following areas:

  • What is grant funding?
  • Exploring different types of funders
  • Why would funders give you a grant?
  • Looking at the pros & cons of applying for grant funding.

You can watch the FULL SERIES here on YouTube.


Writing arts funding grant applications

This video covers the following areas:

  • Writing a grant application
  • Preparation is the key to success…
  • Know your project:
    – What do you need the money for?
    – Who does your project benefit? (the stakeholders)
    – How much money do you need?
  • Research different funders…
    – What organisations are offering funding?
    – Who funds the type of project you are developing?
    – How do you make an application?
    – Make a list of potential funders
  • Check that you & your project are eligible
    – What area do they cover?
    – What types of project to they fund / not fund?
    – How much money does the funder offer?
    – When is the deadline?
  • What to do if your grant application is unsuccessful…
successful arts funding grants

The key to successful arts funding grants

You can watch the FULL SERIES here on YouTube.


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Fundraising: What you need to know

With support from the Doing Digital project at Plymouth College of Art, I have produced a series of videos around understanding different aspects of fundraising.


Rachel Dobbs is one half of LOW PROFILE, an artist and educator based in Plymouth, UK. Rachel works on a range of arts and education projects, has a long-term interest in creative approaches to community development and runs workshops, teaching & training sessions for a range of formal & informal groups including students, arts practitioners and communities – contact me for more details. Find me on twitter @RachelDobbs1