Two free BSL interpreted workshops for London writers on crafting your application for Arts Council England funding


Spread the Word is pleased that our popular free online workshops all about applying for Arts Council England funding are back and open for bookings. The workshops cover two Arts Council England funding streams; Developing Your Creative Practice (DYCP) and National Lottery Project Grants (NLPG). The workshops take place online and are free to attend. The sessions are tailored to writers in London and are not open to artists working only in other art forms, or writers not living in London. Each workshop will be BSL interpreted.

These workshops will:

  • Give you an insight into the purpose of the grants

  • Help you think through your project

  • Take you through key stages of the application process and application form

  • Look at what makes a strong application

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

Led by Ruth Harrison, director of Spread the Word, and freelance literature producer Tom MacAndrew, the workshops will talk you through the different questions in the application forms to help you think about how you can respond to them. They’ll give examples of what sort of projects have previously been funded and how Spread the Word has supported writers to achieve funding.

Please read through all the Arts Council’s  or  guidance beforehand, so that you are reasonably sure that what you have in mind is suitable for the relevant funding stream.

We want to make sure that the funding sessions are open to as many people as possible. Due to the limited number of places available for the DYCP and NLPG workshops, please only sign up for the session which is most suitable for the project you are planning. We will be running both sessions again in Autumn 2024. The workshops will not be recorded.


We anticipate that demand will be high for these workshops so please only book a place if you are committed to attending. They are open to writers of any literary form including playwriting and graphic novels. Please note, these sessions are specifically tailored to writers in London, and are not open to artists working in other media or writers living outside London.

More information and book now 

National Lottery Project Grants application workshop Monday 3 June 2024, 7 – 9pm, BSL interpreted. There will be a break during the workshop. Book here: 

Developing Your Creative Practice workshop Monday 10 June 2024, 7 – 8.30pm, BSL interpreted. Book here:

Published: 9 April 2024