Fundraising Lab

Fundraising Lab

The Real Circumstance Fundraising Lab takes a comprehensive approach to developing your fundraising skills, within an encouraging and informal environment.

The Lab is delivered by Anna Bewick, Co-Founder and Creative Producer of Real Circumstance and a Strategic Consultant. She has a proven fundraising track record, having raised over £140,000 in the past five years for small arts organisations from Arts Council England (including seven consecutive successful applications for Real Circumstance), charitable foundations, local and regional councils, co-producers, and private donors.

Tailored to your projects and requirements, whether you are an individual artist or a theatre company, the Lab covers:

    • Fundraising Strategies: the different types of funding avenues available for your professional development and your creative projects, and how to find and approach funders.
    • Project Planning & Budgeting: how to plan a detailed and accurate project timeline, and write a thorough, realistic and appropriate budget.
    • Proposal writing: practical sessions & one-on-one tutoring on how to write strong, tailored funding proposals to grant-making organisations, funding letters to individuals, and crowd-funding pitches.

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"What a brilliantly thought out and executed session; I learnt a huge number of invaluable things, and enjoyed it because it was in a friendly, relaxed environment."

"I learned a huge amount of valuable information and advice that I would not have known how to to access elsewhere."

"I cannot recommend this Lab more highly, if only everyone from a theatre company could do it. I will sign up to any future Lab - a totally inspiring sharing of information between practitioners - a circle model, rather than a self serving vertical. Excellent."

The Fundraising Lab is made up of the following sessions, tailored to participants' needs and requirements:

IDENTIFYING FUNDERS
Understanding different funding avenues.
How to access funding avenues.
Approaching funders.

PROJECT PLANNING AND BUDGETING
Writing a thorough and realistic budget.
Planning your project timeline.
Monitoring & Evaluation.

PROPOSAL WRITING
Writing a proposal: writing style.
Presenting your artistic idea.
Demonstrating need for your project.
Demonstrating capability to deliver project.
Assessing your proposal.

A new way of playmaking

Welcome to Real Circumstance's website! As a first time visitor, we would like to get things off to a good start with a special 25% off promo code for our 2014 Lab series for emergent artists - masterclasses on producing, marketing, and fundraising. Simply quote REALFRIEND when booking. Click HERE for details.