Christine Wilkinson and Rebecca Cairns: funding support for disabled artists

We provide support to artists to help write successful grant applications to Arts Council England and other funders. If you are a disabled artist, we can work with you to help you write your grant application to Arts Council England, who will contribute towards our fees. This helps ensure that disabled artists can access funding without being out of pocket.

We help you explore and develop a successful approach to making a funding application in any way you decide. For emerging or established artists, this could mean that we:

• Meet with you (virtually)
• Discuss initial ideas
• Shape and develop project ideas and budget
• Capture project in an application form
• Draft application
• Feedback on application
• Edit and refine
• Finalise application ready to submit

Alternatively, if you have already drafted an application we can review, edit and proof your application to get it ready to submit. If your draft application is over the word count, we can cut and edit down words to fit, help you review your costs and balance you budget.

Together we have years of experience in budgeting, costing and writing successful, realistic funding bids.

For many years we have trained artists and community groups to deliver successful arts projects – including funding, collaborative working and in training organisations working with Deaf and disabled artists and community groups.

We have worked with Shape Arts and Arts Council England and with disability innovators like Rowen Jade in delivering mentorship and project leadership schemes for Deaf and disabled artists.

What we offer…

We combine our skills to provide a funding support service that really helps artists to develop their project ideas and write a winning funding bid, whilst their idea, inspiration and identity remain the star of the bid.

If you have an idea for a project but can’t face filling out a grant application, we can help. We recognise that filling out applications can be a huge barrier for many artists, getting in the way of great project ideas being realised.

We will take the stress out of bid writing, making it smooth, straightforward and part of the creative process as well as your career development.

Please do get in touch with us if you have an idea that you would like to discuss or to find out more about the support that we can offer.