Free workshop on applying for Arts Council England’s National Lottery Project Grants Funding 


Arts Council England’s National Lottery Project Grants is an open access funding stream for arts, museums and library projects. The fund is for individual artists, community and cultural organisations. Project Grants supports a broad range of not-for-profit projects that create and sustain quality work and help people to engage with arts and culture. The fund also supports development by allowing artists, cultural practitioners and organisations to work in new ways and to get their work out to new audiences. Engaging audiences is the key distinguishing feature of this fund – it is not designed to support your time to write or mentoring unless these are integral to the engagement activity. An individual artist can apply for up to £15,000. Organisations can apply for up to or above £15,000.

If you are not familiar with applying for grant funding, filling out an application form can be a daunting and baffling process. Ruth Harrison and Eva Lewin from Spread the Word will be running a free workshop on how to develop a Projects Grant application for London based writers on Tuesday 28 January 2020 at Spread the Word’s offices in Deptford. If you are an individual writer who is looking at making a change in your creative practice, please check out our Developing Your Creative Practice workshop offer here:

This workshop is for individual writers or a writer representative from, for example, a writers’ collective who want to pursue a joint project.

Eva Lewin and Ruth Harrison will talk you through the different questions in the Project Grants form to help you think about what you need to consider and have in place to apply for Project Grants funding. Once you have attended the workshop you can send your draft application to Spread the Word for feedback in more detail.

Who is this workshop for?

This workshop is designed to support London-based:

  • Individual writers or a writer representative from, for example, a writers’ collective who want to pursue a joint project;

  • Writers of any literary form including playwriting and graphic novels;

  • Writers are considering applying for Project Grants for the first time or who may have applied in the past but been unsuccessful.

What you will need for the workshop:

  • A clear idea of what your proposed project is, what you want to achieve, the audiences you want to engage and how you are going to go about it;

  • Be able to show how your project involves engaging audiences or participants;

  • Please read through the ACE guidance before you apply to take part in the workshop, so that you are reasonably sure that what you have in mind is suitable for Project Grant funding. (If what you want to do is focused on a step change in your craft, then you should consider Developing Your Creative Practice funding).

This workshop will:

  • Give you an insight into the purpose of the fund;

  • Help you think through your project;

  • Take you through all stages of the application process;

  • Look at what will make a strong application;

  • Provide opportunities for you to ask questions about your own proposal.

Places are limited and offered on a first come first served basis. However, because of the nature of the workshop we are only able to offer spaces to applicants whose project ideas are suitable for this particular funding stream. We anticipate that demand will be high so please only book yourself a place if you are committed to attending. This workshop is not open to artists working in other artistic forms outside of literature, including documentary film making.

The workshop is FREE but places are limited. To express an interest in coming along to the workshop, please email [email protected] with a brief paragraph about you as a writer; a short paragraph on your project idea, an outline of the activities and audiences you are aiming to engage and the approximate level of funding you are seeking. Please include brief details of any previous Project Grant applications you may have made and if they have been successful or not. Please put Project Grant Workshop in the email subject line. Closing date for expressing an interest is Friday 10 January 2020. We will be in touch with everyone who expresses an interest in coming along in the week beginning Monday 13 January 2020.

Workshop details 

Date:   Tuesday 28 January 2020

Time:   6.30pm-8.30pm

Cost:    FREE

Location: Spread the Word’s Room 9, The Albany, Douglas Way, SE8 4AG

Please contact us to discuss your access requirements: [email protected]

About the workshop leaders 

Ruth Harrison joined Spread the Word as Director in 2015. Her working life has been in the field of the arts and particularly in literature. She has been Director of Apples and Snakes, a literature development officer and programme manager at The Reading Agency. She is passionate about not only widening people’s engagement with writers and writing but also in developing writing talent. Widening participation and engagement alongside developing and building awareness of new voices has been core to her work.

Ruth has previously been a trustee of Little Green Pig – a charity working to inspire children and young people to get creative with writing, sits on the steering committee for The Literary Platform’s Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize and is part of the team developing EmpathyLab – a start-up using words and stories to build young people’s empathy skills.

At Spread the Word, Ruth is responsible for leading the company artistically and strategically and working with our highly skilled and dedicated team to make a difference to and for writers and their audiences in London.

Eva Lewin is Writer Development Manager at Spread the Word where she leads on the one-to-one support for writers, through feedback surgeries and professional development coaching. Eva commissioned the Writing the Future research (published in 2015) into Black and Asian writers and publishers in the UK marketplace. She continues to work on the strategy to take forward the diversity agenda, including Spread the Word’s consultancy on WriteNow with Penguin Random House.

Her twenty years’ experience in the literature sector includes curating creative writing programmes, co-directing the Hackney literature festival, running writers’ residencies and a shop-floor library at Ford’s car factory in Dagenham. Eva is an RD1st accredited coach (ILM Level 7 equivalent).

Published 18 November 2019