Getting Funding Ready for Arts Council Project Grants

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Tina Smith will provide an overview of the context of being funding ready and will look at how to prepare a compelling application.

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A Big House Event supported by Real Creative Futures Digital

This event will take place online via Zoom and a link will be sent once you have booked your place.


The first half of the session will be led by Tina Smith who will provide guidance on being funding ready and will look at how to prepare a compelling application. Tina will go through the criteria and top tips for ACE Project Grants, providing some examples and case studies. There will be an opportunity to reflect on your own project grant idea, ask questions and where appropriate get follow up advice.

The second half will be led by Ryan Boultbee and Charlie Collins from NJITA, who will share their personal experience of successfully securing ACE project grant funding. Using NJITA projects as case studies, Ryan and Charlie will share valuable lessons on preparing applications, developing partnerships and top tips for first time applicants.

This event will take place online via Zoom and a link will be sent once you have booked your place.

10am Welcome from the RCF-D Team

10.10am Getting Funding Ready with Tina Smith with Q&A

11:10am Break

11:20am Lessons from Ryan and Charlie from NJITA with Q&A

12:pm Close


Tina Smith has worked in the arts sector for over 20 years, starting out at the Arts Council where she worked for both the East Midlands offices and National Office facilitating strategic partnerships and projects to benefit artists and audiences. Tina assessed and evaluated arts capital and project grant applications and after leaving the Arts Council utilised her knowledge to become a freelance assessor and independent creative and cultural consultant. Tina has a proven track record in supporting artists, arts organisations and recently secured significant funding for UK Young Artists and Bamboozle Theatre.

Tina currently works part time with Bamboozle Theatre Company developing multi-sensory experiences for profoundly disabled children and their families and Aakash Odedra Company (contemporary dance) as their fundraising consultant building and managing relationships with new and existing statutory funds and trusts and foundations.


‘No Jobs in the Arts’ create professional development opportunities for early-career creatives working in the Visual Arts, through projects linked to the East Midlands. They deliver a creative program of events, talks, exhibitions, mentoring, and publications. NJITA is a project run by early career creatives, Ryan Boultbee and Charlie Collins.


This event is free, but space is limited. You must be enrolled with The Big House and/or RCF-D. By booking a place you ae comitting to receive four videos as well as attend 2 group coaching sessions.

PLEASE NOTE: The Big House events are free to you, because they are funded – however there is a cost attached to them for us and we are a not-for-profit organisation. So, if you have registered to come, your place will have been paid for. Our events are very popular and we often have a waiting list. With this in mind, if for any reason you are unable to attend it is very important that you cancel your ticket on Eventbrite as soon as possible, to enable someone else to take your place.

If you have already accessed 12 or more hours of support you may be placed on a waiting list - your place is not guaranteed until you receive confirmation from RCF-D Team.


If you have any questions and/or would like any further information about this event, please contact the Events Team at or telephone 0115 924 8630.


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As this event is part of a European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) initiative, we will require you to be enrolled in The Big House Programme, prior to attending. If you are not already enrolled, you will find the appropriate form at: Please download and complete the form and bring it with you to the event, as it will be required when signing in.

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This project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund 2014 - 2022

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Thursday 3rd February 2022

10:00am - 12:30pm GMT

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