Two free BSL interpreted workshops for London writers on crafting your application for Arts Council England funding


Spread the Word is pleased that our popular free online workshops all about applying for Arts Council England funding are back and open for bookings. The workshops cover two Arts Council England funding streams; Developing Your Creative Practice (DYCP) and National Lottery Project Grants (NLPG). The workshops take place online and are free to attend. The sessions are tailored to writers in London and are not open to artists working only in other art forms, or writers not living in London.

These workshops will: 

  • Give you an insight into the purpose of the grants

  • Help you think through your project

  • Take you through key stages of the application process and application form

  • Look at what makes a strong application

  • Provide opportunities for you to ask questions about your own proposal

Led by  Ruth Harrison, director of Spread the Word, and freelance literature producer Tom MacAndrew, the workshops will talk you through the different questions in the application forms to help you think about how you can respond to them. They’ll give examples of what sort of projects have previously been funded and how Spread the Word has supported writers to achieve funding.

Please read through all the Arts Council’s NLPG or DYCP guidance beforehand, so that you are reasonably sure that what you have in mind is suitable for the relevant funding stream. 

We want to make sure that the funding sessions are open to as many people as possible. Due to the limited number of places available for the DYCP and NLPG workshops, please only sign up for the session which is most suitable for the project you are planning. We will be running both sessions again in Spring 2024. The workshops will not be recorded. 


We anticipate that demand will be high for this workshop so please only book a place if you are committed to attending. It is open to writers of any literary form including playwriting and graphic novels.Please note, this session is specifically tailored to writers in London, and it is not open to artists working in other media or writers living outside London.

More information and book now 

National Lottery Project Grants application workshop Wednesday 11 October 2023 7 – 8.30pm, BSL interpreted by Michelle Wood and Amy Hayward:

Developing Your Creative Practice application workshop Wednesday 18 October 2023 7 – 8.30pm, BSL interpreted by Gabby Allen and Peter Abraham: 

Published 24 August 2023

Updated 6 September 2023