Resources & Responsibilities

It is important to identify all resources and responsibilities for any project at an early stage, to ensure there is no cash shortfall or lack of staff expertise.

About Resources & Responsibilities

It is important to identify all resources and responsibilities for any project at an early stage. This can assist in identifying where and if there is a cash shortfall, or even a lack of expertise to develop the project. It is likely that your partnership contains different governance models, which can sometimes assist in identifying sources of additional funds.

For example:

  • Some trusts and foundations will only accept applications from an organisation with charitable status
  • An Arts Council England funded arts organisation, known as a National Portfolio Organisation (NPO), is unable to apply for the Arts Council England’s Project Grants programme
  • There are sources of funds that will only support specific elements of a project – for example engaging young people, disadvantaged communities
  • The Heritage Lottery Fund doesn’t usually fund arts projects, however they may consider some aspect of your project
  • Don’t forget local trusts that may have small budgets but like to support activity in their local community
  • Local sponsorship/ corporate social responsibility. Remember that an advert in the local paper can be expensive – consider offering a special deal for local businesses/corporate clients in return for cash support
  • Crowdfunding.

When you are drawing up the scope of your project, you need to take into account which partner will take a lead on fundraising. Writing a fundraising strategy at the start of the project will reveal the timescales needed to deliver the project.

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