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Funding guidelines for creatives

30 November 2023, Thursday
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Government funding, grants, awards and procurement are often held up as the holy grail of a successful arts business, but this revenue stream also takes hard work and patience. After all, there’s no such thing as ‘free money’.

Funding Guidelines for Creatives showcases the basics of writing, winning, and acquitting any kind of funding, as well as making plans and preparing for your funding future.


In this workshop, participants will learn more about:

+ The different kinds of funding available;

+ Creating a Funding Folder and Grant Calendar;

+ Researching funding and considering applications;

+ Writing the Proposal – and avoiding the common errors;

+ The Acquittal Process – and how to recover from setbacks;

+ The five main ways to ‘fail’ at funding. Resources, examples and templates will also be provided for a variety of funding applications.

This workshop will be relaxed and informal. You can ask all the questions you have never been able to ask before and will have ample opportunity to network and get to know each other.


Ideal for: This workshop is tailored specifically to creative people who are (or want to be) self-employed in some capacity. It is ideal for recent graduates, freelancers and small arts organisations.


What do I get?

All participants of this workshop also receive:

+ Printed materials to help during the workshop;

+ Lifetime access to a dedicated FUNDING dropbox folder full of additional resources and help;

+ Access to a web page full of links and resources to help you get ahead in their creative business.


Who is presenting?

Monica Davidson is an award-winning expert on the creative industries, who began her professional life as a freelance journalist and filmmaker. In 2014 Monica completed her Masters degree in Screen Arts and Business at AFTRS, and was appointed as the first NSW Creative Industries Business Advisor by the Department of Industry. Shortly after she founded the social enterprise Creative Plus Business, which is dedicated to educating creative people about small business and marketing skills. In 2019, Monica was awarded the QUT Creative Enterprise Australia award for being a Creative Trailblazer that “advocates, mentors, donates, educates and advises within Australia’s creative economy”. Monica continues to work as a writer, filmmaker and occasional performer.


What’s Creative Plus Business?

We’re a social enterprise dedicated to educating creative people and arts organisations about business skills. We help by sharing practical knowledge in a fun and irreverent way, and everything we do is designed to help creatives to feel more confident and comfortable about the entrepreneurial aspects of their creative practice. We believe that a bit of naughtiness, tempered with a kind heart and a big dose of professionalism, is the key to helping creative people understand the boring basics of business.

Accessibility: if you have any access requirements, please email hello@creativeplusbusiness.com

This workshop will take place on Zoom. You will receive the Zoom link in an email from Creative Plus Business prior to the workshop. This event has a capacity to host up to 50 people.

About Business Connect:

Business Connect is a dedicated and personalised NSW Government program that provides trusted advice to help you start, run, adapt or grow your small business.


Creative Business Plus
8091 2082
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