The Bid and Beyond: How to Access Funding and How to Use It

Preliminary Notice of and Call for Papers for a Conference to be held at The Portico Library, Manchester, Friday 10 July 2015 10.30am to 4pm.

Many independent libraries, museums, historic houses, galleries and collections have significant development needs and wish to access Heritage Lottery Funding and other funds to realise their ambitions.

This conference, sponsored by The Portico Library and supported by the Association of Independent Libraries and the Historic Libraries Forum, follows a successful Historic Libraries Forum conference held in London last December. It will illustrate good practice in applying for and using external funds to support the work of independent libraries, houses and other cultural institutions.

The keynote speaker will be Fiona Talbott, Head of Museums, Libraries and Archives at the Heritage Lottery Fund. She will be followed by case studies, drawn from the north of England, illustrating success in delivery of both large and small-scale projects. There will be ample opportunity to share ideas and for discussion.

The conference will be of interest to independent libraries, museums, archives and galleries across the North, who are planning to bid for funds for development purposes or who simply want an update on development work across the sector.

"Portico Library, Manchester" by Stephen Richards -  Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

“Portico Library, Manchester” by Stephen Richards –
Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Reserve a Place

Fee £50. Delegate numbers will be limited to 50.

 An application form will be circulated in due course, but to reserve a place now contact Aoife Larkin  (

 Call for Papers

 Fiona Talbott, the keynote speaker, will introduce the theme of how to apply for funding successfully, by speaking on how a Heritage Lottery Fund application works. In addition, the Conference will provide an opportunity for up to six speakers to introduce projects they have been involved with in the North of England, illustrating challenges and achievements, lessons learnt and advice for newcomers to the bidding and delivery process.

 Two will be major presentations of 20 minutes. A further four will be shorter seven minute presentations, supported if desired by posters. The presentations will be followed by discussion.

 More information can be obtained from The Portico Library  (

 Expressions of interest should be sent to (  marked FAO Tony Donajgrodzki, by Monday 16 March.


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