Arts Council Project Grant Advice Session


April 18, 2024




Thursday 18 April 2024

What time?

10:00 - 12:00
plus 1-2-1 surgeries

Considering applying for Arts Council funding? Don't miss this webinar on National Lottery Project Grants to make the best out of your application!

As part of the build-up to and delivery of the UK City of Culture in 2025, BPH have teamed up with Bradford 2025 and Arts Council England to deliver an advice giving webinar for Bradford artists, creatives and small organisations who are interested in applying to National Lottery Project Grants.

During the webinar, Hannah Bentley and Gillian Greaves, Relationship Managers with Arts Council England, will explain the National Lottery Project Grants funding programme, sharing the changes made to the fund in November 2023. They will go through the criteria and application process, including what access support is available for applicants pre and post-application.

Following this event, we have bookable one-to-one advice surgeries, read on for more information. 

Book your place at our Arts Council Project Grant Advice Session

One-to-one advice surgeries

Following the webinar, Hannah and Gill will be hosting one-to-one surgeries either online, or in person at the Bradford 2025 office in Bradford city centre. These 45-minute surgeries are for:

  • individual artists or creative practitioners
  • small companies/artist groups*

* If you are a small company, collective, or group of artists working together you can all attend the same one-to-one and only need to sign up once.

Who these one-to-one sessions are for:

The webinar at 10 AM is for anyone living, working, or making work in the Bradford district. 

As there are only a small number of one-to-ones available, we would like to open up the opportunity for people who may have not had the chance previously to meet an Arts Council Relationship Manager, and who meet Arts Council England’s current advice giving priorities*. 

To book a one-to-one session you must meet all three of the below criteria: 

  • Identify as disabled or from an ethnically diverse background*
  • Have never had a one-to-one meeting or advice session with an Arts Council rep before 
  • Be living or working in the Bradford District 

* We understand that how we describe ourselves is an integral part of our identity. We recognise and respect that there are different views about language describing people who experience racism. You may identify in one of the following ways or another way that isn’t mentioned here: People who experience racism, Global majority people, African, Caribbean, South, East or South-East Asian diaspora people and people seeking sanctuary in the UK.

Priorities are informed by Arts Council England data which identifies underrepresented applicants.

Meet the hosts

Gillian Greaves from Arts Council England
Gillian Greaves

Gillian specialises in museums and heritage but can advise artists from all disciplines.

Gill Greaves is an Arts Council England Relationship Manager. As well as a background in heritage, museums and galleries, Gill has also worked in the creative and digital media sector and has worked for the NHS on arts and health projects.

Gill is based in Leeds and is part of the Yorkshire, North and National Museum teams. Gill works with a portfolio of Yorkshire-based Museum National Portfolio organisations and on projects which support the development of museums and galleries across the region.

Like all Arts Council England Relationship Managers Gill carries out assessments and is on funding panels across all arts and culture disciplines.

Book a one-to-one with Gillian:

Hannah Bentley

Hannah specialises in theatre but can advise artists from all disciplines.

Hannah Bentley is an Arts Council England Relationship Manager. Hannah is based in Leeds and is part of the Yorkshire, North and national Theatre teams. Hannah works with a portfolio of Yorkshire-based theatre National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) including community venues, touring companies, artist development organisations and producing houses. 

Hannah also works with individual practitioners and independent theatre companies offering funding advice and development support. 

Hannah’s development work has included sector-support projects with partners including Artistic Directors of the Future, Business Disability and Clear Company.

Book a one-to-one with Hannah:

If demand exceeds availability there will be a waiting list, and we hope to arrange more events like this in the future.

Access information

The webinar will be delivered online via Zoom with opportunities to ask questions. We will be using Closed Captions and a BSL interpreter will be available throughout the session. Ahead of the session, we will send supporting information and a copy of the slides.

The individual surgeries will be delivered in-person or online via Microsoft TeamsIf you have any specific access requirements, please let us know on the form when booking your places.

If you need to contact us directly you can email us at


The session will not be recorded. However, we plan to deliver more sessions with Arts Council England and Bradford 2025 throughout the year.

If you can no longer attend the webinar or a one-to-one surgery booking, please email us at as soon as possible to let us know. The surgeries in particular are extremely limited so we would appreciate being able to offer your place to someone else if you can no longer make it.  

Bradford 2025’s office is 1A Aldermanbury, Bradford, BD1 1SD.

It is opposite the Town Hall and next door to the Nando’s in Centenary Square, with nearby parking at NCP Bradford Southgate (6 min),  The Broadway car park (6 min), Wilton Street car park (8 min) and Sharpe Street car park (8 min).

The office has a lift and ramp access to the event space level, and there is sloped access to the building around the corner from our main door (in front of the Wetherspoons). 

Don’t worry, no matter how you’ve booked, you’ll have received instructions on how to join in person or online. Check you emails and join in whichever way is best for you. 

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