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Funding Fundamentals – Workshop

Tue 22 Oct

Facilitated by Cat Dibley

A workshop dedicated to the basics of how to write, manage and maintain funding.

Grants, funding, procurement, scholarships and awards are often held up as the holy grail of a successful arts career, but this revenue stream also takes hard work, dedication and patience. After all, there’s no such thing as ‘free money’. Funding Fundamentals is a workshop showcasing the basics of preparation, application, and acquittal for any kind of funding, as well as getting organised for future applications. It’s packed with information and suitable for novices and more experienced funding-seekers alike. There is always more to learn about funding!

Participants will learn all the following, with a focus on arts practice and creative industries:

  • The different kinds of funding available, from grants to procurement and more.
  • Creating a Funding Folder and Deadline Calendar for regular applications.
  • Writing the Application – and avoiding the most common errors.
  • Getting the money right, with budgeting and income (including templates).
  • The Acquittal Process – and how to recover from setbacks.
  • The five main ways to avoid ‘failing’ at funding.

Resources, examples and templates will also be provided for a variety of funding applications.

What do I get? All participants of this workshop also receive:

  • Lifetime access to a Dropbox folder jam-packed with additional resources,
  • Downloadable templates and project plans to support all kinds of funding applications,
  • Access to additional free webinars to supplement the material covered in the workshop,
  • The possibility of further one-to-one business advice, mentoring and support from one of our creative industries business specialist advisors. We have a whole team ready to help!

About Cat Dibley

Cat Dibley is a national and international creative producer with over 10 years’ experience producing dance, theatre, tours, and festivals. She has worked at major theatre companies across Australia, Europe, and the US and founded a theatre company in 2011, producing many shows under this banner for mainstage companies, festivals, and large-scale national tours. Cat is also an educator, and teaches Producing at NIDA.

In 2022 she launched The Arts Lot, a business she has created to create community, advocacy and growth for creatives.

Service NSW Business Connect provides free, independent, tailored business advice from experienced advisors in one‑on‑one sessions. We offer practical insights and business skills development.

Services also include events and resources on a range of topics for small business. Creative Plus Business is an approved independent provider for Service NSW Business Connect until June 2025.

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