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The Proposal- Will You Fund Me? A Fundraising Workshop with Hannah Matterson

Session 1: Tuesday 1 February, 6pm-8pm
Session 2: Tuesday 8 February, 6pm-8pm
(you must be available to join both sessions)
Via Zoom

Do you need a hand with your fundraising? Join fundraiser Hannah Matterson for two 2-hour workshops that will guide participants through to popping the question to one of the most important people in their lives- their funder!

The session will cover fundraising fundamentals such as:

  • the current funding landscape
  • researching your funders
  • the potential income streams and if they are right for you and your project
  • general rules for starting your proposal

Participants will then be supported to ‘Make the Ask’; going through an application step by step, discussing what funders want, like and need to see in an application- from an introduction to you and your work to the impact and outcomes of the project.

By the end of the two sessions, participants will have created a basic brief project proposal that can be edited and adapted to suit their relevant funders.

The session is suitable for:

  • individual creative practitioners and small organisations
  • people new to fundraising
  • people/ organisations who may be more experienced, but want to refresh their fundraising ask

Please bring along an example project idea to the session- ideally, this would be a project you are currently seeking funding for or will be doing so in the future.

To register:

Register your interest for the workshop, by clicking here.

We will confirm your place and details of the sessions via. email. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

If you have any questions about the event or would like to discuss access needs, please email [email protected].

Due to our funding conditions, this workshop is only available to individual creative practitioners who live, work or study in Sunderland or creative/ heritage organisations and creative businesses who are based in Sunderland.

These workshops are offered as part of the Unlock the City programme which supports the development of artists and creative businesses in Sunderland. Unlock the City is delivered in partnership by Sunderland Culture, Sunderland City Council, Digital Catapult, North East BIC and Sunderland BME Network, with funding from the  Coastal Communities Fund. 

About the session leader:

Hannah Matterson has worked in fundraising and development for 10 years and a variety of different settings, helping individuals, venues and organisations raise the money needed for their projects. She has predominantly worked in arts and culture, with key roles as part of Sunderland 2021’s bid to be the UK City of Culture, Sage Gateshead, Manchester International Festival and Generator North East where she has raised money from trusts and foundations, individual donors, corporates and through community fundraising.

She has also worked in Higher Education, supporting small businesses to grow through innovation projects, funded by Innovate UK. Hannah has worked with a number of individual artists to support their funding needs, offering support and advice as well as bid development services. Supporting people to navigate the funding landscape and developing long standing relationships with funders is a key passion of Hannah’s and has enabled her to raise anything from £500 for a small community project to millions for capital developments.