Three places available on prestigious course for Grimsby creatives

Three places have been secured on a course for Grimsby creatives at the prestigious National Arts Fundraising School (NAFS) residential programme.

This is all thanks to North East Lincolnshire’s creative development programme, Grimsby Creates, who managed to secure the three places.

Artists from any creative discipline who live in the area are encouraged to apply.

The four-week online programme will run from 22 April 2021 to 14 May 2021 for two days per week. The three successful applicants from North East Lincolnshire will have the full cost of the course (£1,200) covered by the Cultural Development Fund (CDF).

The programme’s aim is for the successful applicants to build on their professional development, learn new skills, network with other artists and share their understanding with one another.

The primary focus of the programme is on fundraising and how to devise strategies for securing funds from different resources.

A Creative Connections Group, made up of local artists, creatives and experts of the creative sector will assess applications based on the applicant’s responses to a number of questions. These can be completed either via video recording or in writing.

The three applicants who the group believes will benefit from the programme most significantly and sustainably will secure the places.

Cllr Callum Procter, Cabinet member for culture, said:

“This is a fantastic opportunity for creative people in North East Lincolnshire. In the modern world where everyone is fighting for the proverbial slice of cake, being able to secure fundraising is key to delivering not just good, but great, projects. I’m really pleased that our CDF programme is able to offer this to our local talent.”

Grimsby Creates offered this course for Grimsby creatives back in November 2020, with some very positive feedback.

Lisa February, an artist specialising in theatre and spoken work, said:

“The NAFS course broadened my knowledge of funding opportunities and how to approach them, in order to have the best chance of success.  As a result, myself and my partner were recently successful in our first Arts Council England bid.  We submitted after week one of the programme, which did influence our bid.”

Charlotte Bowen, a cultural producer producing music and performing arts programmes for The Culture House and Birdhouse, said:

“Learning how to approach philanthropists was very useful, including making a clear case for support.  The facilitators were highly knowledgeable and supportive.  I have already made an approach to a major funder as a result of the course and feel a new sense of purpose.  I made a great artist contact from our region through the course via another delegate and we are now working with them.”

For further details of the programme, you can visit

For the application form, contact or call 01472 324957.

Applications close on 22 March 2021.

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