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Bid Writing

Led by Laura H. Drane

Friday 21st September, 10:00am—4:00pm. £125

Aiming to raise funds for projects or operations? Whether you’re new to the bid writing process or want to scale up your applications, this course will equip you to win.

You’ll understand every stage of the bid writing process from identifying funds to delivering a winning bid, both in the wider strategic and policy contexts and at the nitty-gritty level of practical Dos and Don’ts. After completing this course, you’ll be fully prepared not just for filling in the form, but for the whole journey.

Who is this course for?

Individuals to small-to-medium enterprises aiming to raise funds for projects or operations. The course is suitable for both those who have not been through the bid writing process and those who have some experience but wish to improve their skills or increase the scale of their applications.

For those with existing bids in mind…

Laura will tailor the course for attendees who are targeting specific bids based on their feedback at the start of the day. This is an incredibly valuable addition to the course for those working towards a specific fund, although it is not a requirement and does not affect the core content and activities of the course.

Course syllabus


10:00 – 11:00 Basic introduction to types and sources of funds
11:00 – 11:15 Break
11:15 – 12:45 From application to “doing it” to evaluation plus Dos and Don’ts, tips and tricks


12:45 – 13:30 A light lunch will be served


13:30 – 15:30 Trying your hand
15:30 – 16:00 Plenary and finish

Equipment you’ll need

Please bring a computer, tablet or your preferred writing medium to take notes and complete exercises.

Learning outcomes:

  • Knowledge of sources and types of funding available
  • Understanding the bid and award process
  • Understanding the use of language in bid writing
  • Experience in addressing common questions in bid applications
  • Awareness of broader considerations beyond filling in the form
  • Confidence in completing bids

Booking your place

For your convenience, we offer a number of ways to book:

  • Book via Eventbrite
  • Invoice or PayPal – by phoning 07894278487 or emailing
  • Payment by cheque – made out to MadLab CIC, and sent to MadLab’s Finance Department at 3 Corkland Road, Manchester, M21 8UP
  • We also accept card payments in person

Please find MadLab’s Cancellation Policy here.

Your Tutor

Laura is a producer and consultant specialising in public engagement across the arts, cultural and science/technology sectors. She’s a veteran bid-winner on all scales from  £500 to £500,000, and for organisations large and small. This course is based on training provided in-house to the RSA, Clore Leadership Programme and the British Science Association and this is the first time these materials and exercises will be available to the public.

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