How to produce a kick ass application

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How to produce a kick ass application

April 10 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

As we prepare to launch The Space commissioning round for 2024, this webinar is about the steps you can take to give an application the best chance of success.

Whether you’re applying for a commission from The Space or for a different opportunity, this webinar will go through the essential steps in planning and developing your application. We’ll look at what you can do to translate your proposition into an application that meets the funders’ or commissioners’ requirements.

Our panel will share their experiences of looking at applications and explain what stands out and why. We’ll also hear from the other side – working out what you need to do to support your application, and tips on producing a compelling narrative, plan and budget.


We’ll cover:

  • Understanding what funders want, and getting to grips with the guidance material
  • Tips on planning and organisation
  • Finding support, advice, and partners
  • Writing, and what you need to communicate
  • Secrets of successful applications



Rob Lindsay, Head of Programmes at The Space

Rob Lindsay is part of the shortlisting team for The Space’s Commissioning and Mentoring programmes, which he has oversees. With a background in Digital Production and Arts Marketing, he works to help teams ensure that their digital projects are strategic and sustainable. He is also a guest lecturer for University of Birmingham’s Dept of Film and Television Research, teaching and assessing MA Student pitches.


Yvonne Gregory, Fundraising Manager at Creative Black Country

Yvonne’s role is to develop and coordinate fundraising activities to support Creative Black Country realise its ambitious programme of work with communities. Yvonne feels lucky to have over 25 years experience, working as a fundraiser and project manager for some of the Midlands most prestigious and innovative organisations including Midlands Arts Centre, Geese Theatre Company and Birmingham Royal Ballet. She’s also a Committee Member for Children in Need, supporting the grant-making process. Her passion is improving participation and accessibility of arts and culture.


Declan Westwood, Relationship Manager at Arts Council England (ACE)

Declan is an arts professional with a wealth of experience in developing cultural projects. He regularly assesses applications for programmes such as Developing Your Creative Practice, National Lottery Project Grants and the Capital Investment Programme. Declan is also involved in shaping policy areas such as New Technology and Innovation, Diversity, Engagement and Participation, Organisational Resilience, and Strategic Partnerships. His expertise also extends to critical areas of work such as place-making and priority place development.


Sima Gonsai, Freelancer 

Sima Gonsai is a filmmaker, programmer and educator, and has worked as an artist for more than 20 years. She works across the arts and corporate sector, making films that compelling stories. Sima has supported and secured funding from The Space, BBCArts, SkyArts, Birmingham City Council, Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund and Creative England among others.


Additional information

The webinar lasts 90 minutes and will take place on Zoom.

There will be a live captioner throughout.

The session is delivered in a webinar format. Your camera and microphone are disabled. However, we very much welcome discussions and interactions in the chat.

A recording of the webinar will be made available after the event, on The Space’s YouTube channel

Book your place by clicking the ‘Book Now’ button below.


Listen to an audio description of the topics the webinar covers here.


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