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trust/ foundation such as The Foyle Foundation, which supports the arts. Development workers can also help groups narrow down appropriate sources of funding and advise them on how to run their organisations more effectively.

Community development assistant, Gill Smith, from South Lincolnshire CVS says “We can help groups become constituted and “fit to fund” so that they are in a strong position to apply for grant funding. We can also help identify suitable sources of funding for groups”.

Below are some CVS tips for small struggling arts organisations:

• Get in touch with a

development worker at your local CVS or Voluntary Action;

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Become constituted and

have the necessary policies and procedures in place; •

Draw up a “business” /

development plan to help you plan your future, taking into account the resources you have in terms of staff or volunteers, finances and skills; •

Use Funding Central,

Grantnet or the help of a development worker to find arts funders that you can apply to; •

look at ways to cut your

costs and run your group more effectively; •

Look at alternative ways

to raise funds, such as legacies, fundraising fun days, charging a membership or selling your services; •

Recruit a team of volunteers

to help with the full-time task of fundraising - a CVS or VA can help you find volunteers.

There are also initiatives such as the fledgling Meanwhile Project, which can provide funding for arts groups to transform empty shop windows into art galleries whilst they are vacant during these times of recession. In fact, Jelly in Reading has just undertaken a similar project in partnership with Reading UK CIC: Open for Art, which revitalises Reading’s empty shop windows with works of art from Reading based artists.

Arts organisations, such as Artsmix based in Leeds, which already runs a successful programme of arts and craft fairs, are aiming towards self sufficiency and exploring new income possibilities such as art leasing schemes. Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76  |  Page 77  |  Page 78  |  Page 79  |  Page 80  |  Page 81  |  Page 82  |  Page 83  |  Page 84  |  Page 85  |  Page 86  |  Page 87  |  Page 88  |  Page 89  |  Page 90  |  Page 91  |  Page 92  |  Page 93  |  Page 94  |  Page 95  |  Page 96  |  Page 97  |  Page 98
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