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.

  • The Art of the Pitch 2.0


    The Grand Opera House

    Its back! Join us and a panel of experts to hone your pitch and learn how to sell your organisations to anyone at anytime at The Art of the Pitch 2.0!

    This event will take place on 19th January 2018 2pm to 4pm in The Grand Opera House, to book your place email Kate Livingston at

  • Trusts & Foundations Symposium 2018


    Lyric Theatre

    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 sixth 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 2018 will take place on 6th February 2018 in Lyric Theatre, Belfast. Our Members will be notified by email when booking for this event opens but you may wish to hold this date in your diary if you are planning to attend.


    We are delighted to announce that BBC Children in Need, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Halifax Foundation and Jerwood Foundation have already confirmed their attendance. More Trusts & Foundations to be announced. 

  • Lunchtime Session - Writing a Successful Trusts & Foundations Application


    Eastside Visitor Centre

    12.30pm – 1.15pm

    With competition for funding at its fiercest, it is important that arts organisations make their applications stand out. At this workshop we will look at how applicants can avoid the pitfalls and make their proposals shine.

  • Introduction to Board Membership


    Arts & Business NI Offices

    The role of a Board Member 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 Board Membership 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.

    This event will take place on 1 March 2018, 1pm to 5pm in the Arts & Business NI Offices, to book your place email Kate Livingston at

  • Sponsorship Insights


    The Oh Yeah Music Centre

    12.15pm – 2.15pm,

    An insight from local businesses including Translink and Cunningham Coates, as to what motivates them to support the arts. With an opportunity to network. This event will be followed by a practical workshop, which will take you through the steps you should follow in order to secure your next sponsor. Email

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