Accessing funding

The Creative Entrepreneurs Academy
at the Centre For Creative Practices

Accessing funding

for Creative Organisations, SMEs, Project Managers and Individual Creatives

Course Description

This 1-day workshop aims to introduce creative organisations and individual creatives to the tools and practical knowledge necessary for the preparation of winning grant applications and funding proposals.

Accessing funding is one of the most critical challenges faced by creative organisations, businesses and individual creatives.

As much as it is critical to have a clear vision, convincing purpose and a sound delivery process for your project, writing winning applications is a fundamental skill that can make or break your project.

Accessing funding may seem like a complextask, butby going step-by-step through a practical 12 step framework,you will learn how to put your best foot forward when applying for the finance necessary to effectively achieve your goals, mission and impact.

In this workshop,we will look at all kinds of available funding opportunities – public, private, local, national and EU level funding. Participants will learn the 12 step frameworkallowing them to prepare winning proposals. We will also talk about the sustainabilityof creative projects and existing funding alternatives.

Although we cannot guarantee that you will receive the funding; we will help you to do your best to win.

Training Structure

We will walk participants through the basicgrant writing process. By employing the outlined strategies, grant seekers will significantly increase their ability to turn their projects and organisations, and even general operating needs into proposals worthy of the full consideration of funders.


The programme encompasses a wide range of engaging and practical tools including Role-playing, Assessment techniques, Inspirations, Case Studies, Empowerment, Team Building, Evaluation and Feedback Methodologies.

Learning Outcomes
  • Give an overview of the available funding opportunities
  • Outline the 12 step application writing framework
  • Enable creative organisations, businesses and individual creatives to take an idea or concept and make it to a funding proposal
  • Sharereal-lifeexamples, samples and materials
  • Provide supporting worksheets
  • Provide helpful, practical tips
Programme & Timetable
 9.00 – 10.30 am Available funding opportunities

  • Identifying sources of funding – public, private, local, national and EU level
  • Analysing the funding guidelines for eligibility and type of proposals criteria
10.45 – 12.15 pm Writing the Application

  • The 12 steps framework for writing successful proposals – Part 1
 1.15 – 2.45 pm Writing the Application

  • The 12 steps framework for writing successful proposals – Part 2
 3.00 – 4.30 pm Practical tips, real-lifeexamples

  • Real life examples, samples and materials
  • Practical tips
  • Supporting worksheets
 4.30 – 5.00 pm Wrap up
Who is it for?

The Accessing finance and Funding Workshop has been specifically designed for creative organisations and business leaders, project managers and individual creatives looking to access either public or private funding. This workshop would also suit Social Entrepreneurs, Community Leaders; Migrant Led Organisations; NGO’s, Not-for-Profit Organisations

On-Site Price for Organisations

Based on the number of participants


Up to 10 people

10 – 20 people

20 – 30 people

Accessing Funding (1 day workshop) €750 €1,300 N/A

Max 20 participants

Prices include participants fee, materials, tutors travel and accommodation
Prices exclude meals and refreshments for participants



Monika Sapielak

Centre for Creative Practices & ArtConnected

Entrepreneur and Innovator with 25 years of work experience as CEO, Manager, Mentor, Educator and Cultural Leader. Regular guest speaker and lecturer at conferences, in higher education institutions and for the media in Europe and in Ireland that include University Business Forum in San Sebastian; Creative Business Cup in Copenhagen, University of Pecs, Hungary, Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin and Dublin Institute of Technology.

Co-Founder and CEO of Centre for Creative Practices and Creative Entrepreneurs Academy. Founder & CEO of ArtConnected – a SaaS that matches European Creative Opportunities with Talent. Main Awardee of the Arthur Guinness Fund for Social Entrepreneurs in 2012 and recipient of the Merit to Polish Culture awarded by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland.

Monika has studied various aspects of organisational, community and embodied leadership since 2007 and has completed renowned Leadership training with INSEAD and Potentialife.

Ian Oliver

Head of Creative Entrepreneurship, Creative Entrepreneurs Academy

Senior manager and entrepreneur and social entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in the Creative and Technology Sectors; working with Local Government, Local Enterprise Offices, Universities, Businesses and Community Groups throughout Irelandauditing and engaging the artistic and creative community within specific geographic regions. Keynote speaker at European conferences including University-Business Forum.

Currently, Ian is working on advising and designing sustainable projects that utilise art and creativity as the main driver to effect sustainable economic and social change.  He also teaches and mentors artistic and creative entrepreneurship training to adult learners and undergraduate students.

Ian teaches Creative Thinking, Global Business Development, International Management, International Relations, Team Development and Entrepreneurship at Postgraduate and undergraduate level at The Innovation Academy, TCD; NorthEastern University, US; Champlain College, Dublin; and CIEE, Dublin.  He regularly teaches on the Creative Entrepreneurs Academy Workshop and Erasmus+ programmes.

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Contact Information

The Creative Entrepreneurs Academy

At the Centre for Creative Practices

The Old Milking Parlour
Ballymurrin Lower
Co Wicklow

t: +353 (0)85 8895499
e: ​​jo@c​​

On-Site Training Programme for Organisations & Groups

The Creative Entrepreneurs Academy
at the Centre For Creative Practices

The Creative Entrepreneurs Academy has been delivering on-site, tailor-made, instructor-led business training for Cultural and Creative Professionals, Businesses and Organisations since 2013. We have worked with many organisations in Ireland, UK, Poland and Hungary.

We believe that tailored business training is a critical element of every successful and sustainable career or project. Thus, we provide SMEs in Ireland and Europe with access to world-class business training and support in a way that they understand and that helps them to succeed.

To find out more about the training courses that we can run in your premises please have a look at the options below and get in touch with us.


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Ballymurrin Lower, Kilbride
Wicklow, Ireland, A67TK64

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