Meet the funders event 

Please note – the venue for this event has changed to Hull Truck Theatre. It is no longer at Hull History Centre as originally advertised.

Some of the UK’s biggest trusts, foundations and funding bodies for arts and culture are heading to Hull this month in an event organised by Hull 2017. The event will give artists, creatives and community groups the chance to meet funders and get a head start on their next funding application.

The event, which takes place at Hull Truck Theatre on 21 September, will not only be an opportunity to find out more about what kinds of funding are available but also to hear tips from organisations who have had bids successfully approved in the past.

Funders giving presentations on the day include Heritage Lottery Fund, who will be launching their Revealing Hull’s History campaign, and Arts Council England, who has reported that the value of Grants for the Arts funding awarded to Hull has gone up by over 300% since it was announced as the 2017 UK City of Culture back in 2013.

Martin Green, CEO and director of Hull 2017, said: “We’ve seen a significant rise in both the number and quality of funding applications for arts and culture projects in the city. Subsequently there has been an uplift in the amount of funding being awarded as well as the announcement of new funding programmes. We will continue to support organisations in the city to create a lasting legacy for Hull 2017 and this event is just the start.

As well as raising awareness of grants available, the event is a chance to pick up advice from successful bidders, including Hull Truck who will be speaking about their support from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.

Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chair, Arts Council England added: “We have been delighted to see an increase in applications for Arts Council funding from artists and organisations in Hull, and due to the high quality, we have been able to fund more projects in the city this year than in previous years. There will be a wealth of great art and culture in the city as a result, and we’re looking forward to continuing to invest in the city, its artists, organisations and audiences as part of the legacy of Hull’s UK City of Culture year in 2017.”

Other funders and advisers who have already confirmed their attendance at the event are:

  • Big Lottery Fund
  • Creative ENRG (Goodwin Development Trust’s Arts Council England funded business support programme for the creative industries )
  • East Riding of Yorkshire Council
  • Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
  • Hull and East Riding Charitable Trust
  • Hull City Council
  • Hull CVS
  • #MakeHull
  • Princes Trust
  • Smile Foundation
  • St Hugh’s Foundation for the Arts
  • Two Ridings Community Foundation
  • Wellcome Trust

The event will feature a series of short presentations with opportunities to have one to one meetings with funders. The event takes place at Hull Truck Theatre between 1pm – 5pm on 21 September.

Places at the event are limited, so if you’d like to attend please email and we’ll do our best to get you booked in. If you’d like to meet a specific funder about a project please let us know in your email.