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WOLLONGONG: Funding Guidelines for Creatives

October 22 @ 2:00 pm 4:00 pm

In partnership with MerrigongX.

A workshop dedicated to the basics of how to write, manage and maintain funding.  

Grants, funding, procurement, scholarships and awards are often held up as the holy grail of a successful arts career, but this revenue stream also takes hard work, dedication and patience. After all, there’s no such thing as ‘free money’. Funding Guidelines for Creatives is a workshop showcasing the basics of preparation, application, and acquittal for any kind of funding, as well as getting organised for future applications. It’s packed with information and suitable for novices and more experienced funding-seekers alike. There is always more to learn about funding!


Participants will learn all the following, with a focus on arts practice and creative industries:

+ The different kinds of funding available, from grants to procurement and more.

+ Creating a Funding Folder and Deadline Calendar for regular applications.

+ Writing the Application – and avoiding the most common errors.

+ Getting the money right, with budgeting and income (including templates).

+ The Acquittal Process – and how to recover from setbacks.

+ The five main ways to avoid ‘failing’ at funding.

Resources, examples and templates will also be provided for a variety of funding applications.

What do I get?
All participants of this workshop also receive:

+ Lifetime access to a Dropbox folder jam-packed with additional resources.

+ Downloadable templates and project plans to support all kinds of funding applications.

+ Access to additional free webinars to supplement the material covered in the workshop.

+ The possibility of further one-to-one business advice, mentoring and support from one of our creative industries business specialist advisors. We have a whole team ready to help!

Who is presenting?
Cat Dibley is a national and international creative producer with over 10 years’ experience producing dance, theatre, tours, and festivals. She has worked at major theatre companies across Australia, Europe, and the US and founded a theatre company in 2011, producing many shows under this banner for mainstage companies, festivals, and large-scale national tours. Cat has worked as a creative consultant, story producer, screen development producer, educator and mentor.

What is NSW Business Connect? 
Business Connect is a dedicated and personalised NSW Government program that provides trusted advice to help you start, run, adapt or grow your small business. Creative Plus Business provides confidential, independent business advice and skills training for small and medium creative businesses across NSW as part of the NSW Government’s Business Connect program.

What’s Creative Plus Business?
We’re a social enterprise dedicated to educating creative people and arts organisations about business skills. We help through sharing practical knowledge in a fun and irreverent way, and everything we do is designed to help creatives to feel more confident and comfortable about the entrepreneurial aspects of their creative practice. We believe that a bit of naughtiness, tempered with a kind heart and a big dose of professionalism, is the key to helping creative people understand the boring basics of business.

Venue: The Music Lounge, Wollongong Town Hall, Corner of Crown & Kembla Streets, Wollongong 2500

Accessibility: if you have any access requirements, please email hello@creativeplusbusiness.com


This workshop is sponsored by NSW Business Connect, a dedicated and personalised NSW Government program that provides trusted independent business advice and events to help you start, run, adapt or grow your small business. Creative Plus Business is an approved independent provider for Service NSW Business Connect until June 2025.