Event: Trusts & Foundations Symposium 2024

22 Feb 2024

Event: Trusts & Foundations Symposium 2024

Join us on Thursday 22nd February 2024 for our annual Trusts and Foundations Symposium at the Crescent Arts Centre, 10:00am - 4:45pm.

Our annual Symposium, which over the years has facilitated over 600 one-to-one funding surgeries, helping to generate substantial amounts of money and support for the Cultural Sector in Northern Ireland.

This year attendees will hear directly from the Foundations on their funding priorities, gain an insight into the decision process, and receive top tips for applications.

The plenary session will once again be followed by one-to-one surgeries with the Trusts and Foundations.

Full Day Tickets- A&BNI Members: £30+VAT

Full Day Tickets- Non-Members: £40+ VAT

Plenary Only Tickets: £15+VAT

All Tickets include Lunch

Tickets on Sale Monday 15th January 2024 @ 12noon here

Accessibility document for the venue can be found here



10:00 - Tea/Coffee & Networking

10:30 - A&B NI: Welcome

10:40 -Speakers: Hilary Copeland & Mimi Turtle

11:15 - Funders Panel

11:50 - Funders Panel: Audience Questions

12:05 -A&BNI: T&F's work in NI

12:15 - A&B NI: What Comes Next?

12:20 - LUNCH

13:00 - Surgeries

16:45 -Finish

THE SURGERIES (13:00-16:30)

This year we are delighted to have leading charitable funders joining us at the Symposium (or remotely for the surgeries where listed). Before booking, please read the below information, visit their websites and check out the cheat sheet document to ensure you know their key aims & objectives, and your eligibility to the trust.


BBC Children in Need

Main Goal: To help ensure every child in the UK is safe, happy, secure and has the opportunities they need to reach their potential.

Eligible Organisations: Not-for-profits



Community Foundation NI

Main Goal: Independent, grant making trust, inspiring generosity and achieving impact. Encouraging and supporting those who want to give and empower the local community to effect change.

Eligible Organisations: Registered Charities



DWF Foundation

Main Goal: Providing funds, resources and mentoring support to help individuals, groups and communities to achieve their full potential.

Eligible Organisations: Registered Charities



The Elephant Trust

Main Goal: Committed to helping artists and art institutions/galleries that depart from the routine and signal new, distinct and imaginative sets of possibilities.

Eligible Organisations: Artists, Arts Institutions and Galleries



Foyle Foundation (Remote)

Main Goal: To help sustain the arts and to support projects that help to deliver your artistic vision, focusing on for value for money, long term benefit and sustainability.

Eligible Organisations: Registered Charities


Freelands Foundation

Main Goal: To broaden access to art education and the visual arts across the UK

Eligible Organisations: Visual Arts Organisations including those who are registered charities, CIC’s, part of a local authority or part of a larger charitable organisations such as a university.



Halifax Foundation NI

Main Goal: The Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland invests in local charities, empowering communities in greatest need to flourish.

Eligible Organisations: Registered charities supporting people in greatest need.



The Ireland Funds

Main Goal: To harness the power of a global philanthropic network of friends of Ireland to promote and support peace, culture, education and community development across the island of Ireland and among Irish communities around the world

Eligible Organisations: Registered Charities 


Music Venue Trust

Main Goal: Acts to protect, secure and improve UK Grassroots Music Venues for the benefit of venues, communities and upcoming artists.

Eligible Organisations: UK-based Grassroots Music Venues



The National Lottery Community Fund

Main Goal: Awarding money raised by National Lottery players to fund great ideas that help communities to thrive.

Eligible Organisations: Not-for-profits



Wolfson Foundation (Remote)

Main Goal: Supporting excellence in the fields of education, science & medicine, health & disability, and heritage, humanities & the arts.

Eligible Organisations: Registered charities or local authorities




Tickets on Sale Monday 15th January 2024 @ 12noon here

When booking, you will be asked to select 5 funders in your order of preference for the one-to-one sessions. You are guaranteed 2 one to one sessions but please be aware that this event will book fast and that surgeries will be allocated on a first-come, first serve basis.

Accessibility document for the venue can be found here

For more information or accessibility enquires please contact or ring us on 02890735150 


Our Funders & Partners

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