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Funding Advice For Creative Businesses

Regardless of how good we are with a brush and how much we can charm potential buyers there are two things that all businesses need to function at their true capability, creative or otherwise and that is money and professional advice when needed. Fortunately there are a growing number of organisation's out there that specialise in providing/accessing funding for creative businesses in the U.K. Whether you need advice on the best type of funding for your business, how to access funding or just some general business advice you will find an organisation here that will be able to offer you this. One of the fantastic things about most of these organisations is the advice is free and they will normally be able to help you with the application process when applying for grant funding. Good luck!!

FunderFinder is a small UK charity producing software and other resources, mainly for grant-seekers. Some of the things we produce are free, some cost - though many people use the software we sell at no cost in a library or resource agency.
We specialise in information and advice about charitable trusts and foundations that fund in the UK.

Make It Happen!
Make it Happen is a programme of a dozen workshops to support creative people into self-employment. It covers every aspect of working for yourself and setting up a business, from defining your business or practice, developing products and finding a niche, through to getting everything legally and financially straight.
The style of delivery won’t be just chalk-and-talk (or PowerPoint and talk) - you’ll be given things to do and encouraged to explore and discuss everything from your wildest dreams of success to your deepest fears about self-employment. You’ll also have the opportunity to network with other aspiring creatives and to practice skills that will be useful once you work for yourself.

The Prince's Trust East Midlands can help to support young people to start-up a business in the creative industries.You could get a low-interest loan, ongoing and specialist advice, networking opportunities and more. In four years, the initiative has helped start over 200 creative businesses across the region. We could help turn your dreams into reality.
Call 0800 842842

East Midlands Business Angels Ltd (EMBA) raises investment capital for growing companies. Investments completed range from £20,000 to over £1 million.
• An injection of share capital, which will strengthen your balance sheet and so unlock additional sources of finance
• Additional management expertise at a strategic or operational level, entrepreneurial experience and business contacts, adding credibility and value to your business and contributing to well-managed growth.
It is best to contact them prior to formulate business plans, as they may be able to help with tailoring the investment proposal.

NTI Technical Development grants offer small and medium sized businesses the opportunity to receive a contribution, to a maximum £10,000, for capital fund equipment purchases that advance the use of technology within the workplace. To find out if you are eligible, answer the following questions.......

The Artists Information Company. Through advocacy and information and from the perspective of artists, a-n’s mission is to stimulate and support contemporary visual arts practice and affirm the value of artists in society.
We are widely acknowledged as the leading UK agency for supporting the practice of visual and applied artists’. Our publications and programmes are designed to meet the professional needs of artists and the visual arts sector, identifying changing trends and new needs.

Arts & Business is a world leading membership network and consultancy with over 30 years of experience in fostering innovative partnerships between business and the arts.
Through our in-house research and network of regional and national offices, we deliver a wide range of bespoke services and programmes working with both the commercial and cultural sectors to encourage private sector support of the arts. At the heart of our work is the belief that the arts have the power to transform and change lives on both an individual and corporate level.

Creative Industries Network help Derbyshire’s artists and creative businesses thrive. As a membership organisation founded by creatives for creatives, CIN’s primary aim is to help you build the relationships to fuel your creativity and business success. As a CIN member, you will be joining hundreds of other creatives all running their own businesses in the creative industries. Benefits include: Monthly social evenings,  A portfolio page on our website to promote your business, Training and support through CIN’s partners, Regular news and opportunities, Discounts with industry suppliers, Advertise for staff, CIN lobbying for the creative industries.

Arts Council England is the national development agency for the arts in England, distributing public money from Government and the National Lottery.
Grants For The Arts, the Arts Council's open funding scheme is for individuals, arts organisations, national touring and other people who use the arts in their work. It is for arts-related activities that benefit people in England or that help artists and arts organisations in England to carry out their work. The activity must take place mainly in England.
The documents required to make an application are available to download from the website, or by telephoning the grants help line.

NADFAS founded in 1968 is an arts-based charity, with over 340 local Decorative and Fine Art Societies in the UK and Europe. They also have three Societies in New Zealand and a sister association in Australia (AADFAS). NADFAS Societies subscribe to the aims and objects of the National Association: the advancement of arts education and appreciation and the preservation of our artistic heritage.
NADFAS promotes these aims through lectures on the fine and decorative arts through study days, visits and tours and through volunteering activities, such as Church Recorders, Heritage Volunteers, Young Arts and the giving of grants.NADFAS volunteers learn new skills, while making friends and benefiting the community at large. Young Arts Volunteers provide exciting projects and activities aimed at fostering a love of the arts amongst the young. At national and local level, NADFAS also gives grants to aspiring artists and craftsmen of the future.

North East Derbyshire online has a list of contacts for a variety of funding sources for arts activities. Each contains a brief description of the fund, as well as contact details for further information (including a website address where applicable):

Regardless of how good we are with a brush and how much we can charm potential buyers there are two things that all businesses need to function at their true capability, creative or otherwise and that is money and professional advice when needed. Fortunately there are a growing number of organisation's out there that specialise in providing/accessing funding for creative businesses in the U.K. Whether you need advice on the best type of funding for your business, how to access funding or just some general business advice you will find an organisation here that will be able to offer you this. One of the fantastic things about most of these organisations is the advice is free and they will normally be able to help you with the application process when applying for grant funding. Good luck!!

Design Factory Artists Grants are available for designer/makers and manufacturers to invest in a wide range of marketing and promotional needs
Value: Max amount: £500.   
Download Application form here.
Design factory also provides specialist market development funding:
Market Development Grant for selected members looking to investigate and develop new markets and new products. Maximum grant of £1500 is available.

VentureNavigator is a state-of-the-art online service designed to help start-ups and small businesses improve their chances of success. The service is funded by the UK Government, ensuring that the service is free of charge to end users.
The content, originally developed by MDA in Liverpool for its CreativeBias service, is a comprehensive source of information and advice for businesses operating in the Creative Industries and includes resources for musicians, DJs, photographers, designers and artists.
You'll find information on topics ranging from Tax & National Insurance and Market Research to Time Management and Copyright Law, plus tips for marketing using YouTube and MySpace.

GRANTnet, a straightforward FREE-to-use service from GRANTfinder, can help groups and small businesses like yours to find suitable funding
It allows community and voluntary groups, sports and other clubs, schools, social enterprises and small businesses to search across EC and UK sources including Government departments, local authorities, charitable trusts and corporate sponsors.
It is presented in the format of an online, step-by-step questionnaire that provides the enquirer with information on over 4,000 grants and other incentives.

J4b GRANTS help you find out about European grants, UK Government grants and other sources of funding for your business.
Register for free. A fantastic resource for those of you needing finance for your business J4b Grants have access to funding from a great variety of sources that would normally be very hard to access. Fortunately they have done the hard work for you and placed it all on one site. 

 CreativePeople is a national network providing information, advice and guidance to support all those who work in arts and craft industries in making the most of their careers.New knowledge and skills can greatly enhance your ability to earn a living.The CreativePeople network offers you a wealth of information on resources and events: workshops, conferences, courses, mentoring schemes, critical appraisal services and online toolkits. You will also find news about job opportunities and commissions. If you would like to receive email bulletins from CreativePeople or any of its members, sign up on the Subscribe page. You will also find an online form to start addressing your particular development needs. Many of our members offer individual consultations which will help you to take your planning further.

 Business link have always been recognised as a fantastic source of information on grants and funding for small businesses. They have trained business advisors that have run businesses in the real world that can provide invaluable guidance and direction to new and growing businesses.

 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017