Tailored support and training to enhance and refresh your fundraising strategies.

Based on proven case-studies, our training is delivered via seminars, master classes, workshops and events. It covers all levels – from first-time fundraisers to sophisticated executive level strategies. Many of these services are free to members, while others are offered at a discounted or subsidised rate.

Free events for A&B NI Members. Book now:

  • Writing a Useful Business Plan

    9th October, 8.30am – 10.30am

    How do we move from thinking about a business plan to doing one... and do we even need one? How short can it be, who will read it and is there a template I can use? And how can I get help with the cashflow/finances bit? We'll answer these questions and more at our business planning workshop on 9th October. 

    Liam McGarry has 20 years experience helping organisations with business plans from a few thousand pounds to £10m+. He's worked with everyone from Pintsized Productions to the Grand Opera House, and mentored on behalf of Arts Council, Arts & Business and Blick Studios. Liam's session will be informal and a great chance to meet and learn from other businesses too. It's the perfect opportunity to start or update your business plan. To put your ideas on paper, or just to learn a little more about the process. Liam McGarry started up McGarry Consulting and co-founded Wee Man Studios, for more information please visit

    To book your place please email Kate Livingston on 

  • Introduction to the Role of a Trustee

    17th October, 12.30pm – 4.30pm
    Arts & Business NI

    The role of a Trustee is a complex one. There are many responsibilities that go with accepting a Board placement however not all new Board Members are made fully aware of what those responsibilities are, or how they can make a positive contribution. This Introduction to the Role of a Trustee course introduces new Board Members and those who would like a refresher, to their roles and responsibilities and to current good practice.

    The cost of the training course is £25 + VAT for members and lunch will be included.

    To book your place, please email Kate Livingston on

  • Webinar: Theory of Change

    24th October, 12.00pm – 1.00pm
    Go To Webinar

    Dr Oonagh Murphy will be our guest presenter for the third webinar in our webinar series, Theory of Change.

    This webinar will introduce the key concepts of the theory of change model at a beginner or introductory level. Key concepts such as inputs, activities, outputs and outcomes will be discussed and examples of how this model can help your arts organisation to evidence and report on the short and long term impact of its work.

    Alongside introducing key concepts, models and worksheets, this webinar will also include signposting to a range of useful resources for those wanting to develop a theory of change model for their organisation, or for a specific body of work.

    This webinar will take place on 24th October, 12.00pm - 1.00pm via Go To Webinar. Click here to register.

  • ACNI Annual Funding Programme support

    ACNI Annual Funding Programme support
    Thoughout November

    Throughout the month of November, we are offering 10 organisations a free one-to-one, confidential support sessions available for our annually funded Members.   

    To book your place, please email Kate Livingston on

  • Webinar: Trusts & Foundations Fundraising

    28th November, 12.00pm – 1.00pm
    Go To Webinar

    Dr Oonagh Murphy will be our guest presenter for the fourth webinar in our webinar series, Trusts & Foundations Fundraising.

    We have had the pleasure of working with Oonagh on a number of projects including the development of our toolkit series. The series includes a toolkit on Trusts & Foundations fundraising and is available for our Members to download

    Trusts and Foundations support a variety of short term and long term activities and capital costs including: staff costs, equipment, core programme, operations costs, education and community projects, one-off projects. With each Trust and Foundation having its own priority areas, it is important that arts organisations undertake research, develop relationships with funders and make targeted and effective applications. This webinar will help you lay the foundation for developing a confident strategy for seeking funding from Trusts and Foundations.

    The webinar will take place on 28th November, 12.00pm - 1.00pm via Go To Webinar. Click here to register. 

  • Webinar: The Art of the Pitch

    10th January, 12.00pm – 1.00pm
    Go To Webinar

    Fundraising is about inspiring a potential sponsor or donor, timing your “ask” perfectly and telling a compelling story about your organisation. It’s about being open and responsive to the motivations and passions of those who might partner with your organisation. The Art of the Pitch webinar will help you to hone your pitch and learn how to sell your organisation to anyone at any time. To book your place, please email Kate Livingston on

  • Trusts & Foundations Symposium 2019

    6th February, 10.30pm – 12.30pm, 1.00pm  4.30pm 
    Riddel Hall

    Aimed at enabling informed applications to Charitable Foundations, our annual Trusts & Foundations Symposium offers the opportunity to hear key note speakers from leading UK Charitable Foundations, and to meet their representatives for a one-to-one surgery.

    This year we will host our 7th Trusts & Foundations Symposium. Over the years we have facilitated nearly 400 one-to-one funding surgeries for the Cultural Sector in Northern Ireland and welcomed a number of London based Trusts and Foundations to Northern Ireland.

    The Trusts & Foundations Symposium 2019 will take place on 6th February 2019 in Riddel Hall, Belfast. 

    A&B NI Arts Members will be notified via email when this event is open for booking. For more information, please contact Kate Livingston on 

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Arts & Business is generously supported by The Arts Council of Northern Ireland.