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The Creative Funding & Evaluation Toolkit: A 4-part workshop series


February 2022


Framwellgate Moor YCA, Front Street, Framwellgate, Durham, DH1 5BL

The cycle of funding, delivery, and evaluation characterises much of the work that arts-based groups and practitioners often have to follow so they can deliver their work and provide maximum impact among the communities and individuals they support.

This cycle can sometimes feel overwhelming, with the planning and organisational work often leaving those responsible feeling isolated, overworked and discouraged, particularly if there have been failures to secure funding or effectively evaluate a project’s impact. It is hard to have time to evaluate the work and develop new approaches before the next cycle begins. It need not be so, however. We can make the most of our current work while also learning from previous and ongoing projects in order to to apply for more or novel funding and explore new opportunities to grow, collaborate, and develop.

This intensive, interactive workshop series will equip you with skills, knowledge, and opportunities to not only reflect on and share your own practices and challenges, but also learn about and implement new approaches to make the most of evaluation, metrics, and funding. You will benefit from precious time to share and work collaboratively with your peers across the sector.

Subjects to be covered will include:

  • Evaluation methods and metrics
  • Applying for and securing new and existing funding sources
  • Theory of change
  • Honing and innovating project management and delivery approaches
  • Peer networking and resource sharing


Join us from 12:30-16:00 on Thursdays in February 2022!

  • February 3: Introductions and theory of change
  • February 10: Finding funding
  • February 17: Evaluation methods and metrics
  • February 24: Interactive action session

This will take place at Framwellgate Moor YCA, Front Street, Framwellgate, Durham, DH1 5BL
** Note: This event is ideally delivered as a face-to-face workshop series. In the event of any new Covid-19 restrictions, we will contact all participants to reschedule this series for a later date.

What is the structure of the workshop?
We will meet every Thursday in February, beginning February 3rd, 2022, and ending February 24th, 2022. Workshops will begin with registration at 12.30 and end at 16:00. We will have a lunch break and comfort breaks during the workshops. There is ample free parking available at the venue as well.

Will this be a face-to-face workshop?
We feel that this workshop series is best delivered and experienced in person, particularly to allow you to make the most of the peer support and networking that will emerge during the course. But considering the current pandemic conditions and if restrictions require that we delay, we will work with all participants to reschedule to a time when it is safer to deliver the workshop. Please do let us know, when you register, if you have any concerns or questions about this.

Am I eligible?

This workshop is designed for any individual, group, or organisation (such as creative practitioners, businesses, charities, CICs, charities, and social enterprises) reliant on external funding sources to deliver their work or practice. Spaces are limited on this course. Priority will be given to those in County Durham, though those in NE England and beyond are welcome to apply as additional spots may become available. You will need to be registered as a business, charity, or sole trader/freelancer to participate.

How do I register?

For further information and to register click here.