Monday, August 19, 2019
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
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JD Smith

The dark arts of grant writing are revealed through a two-part webinar (online learning experience) designed to shed light on some of the obstacles dotting the somewhat confusing pathway you need to tread in order to get your project funded.

To coincide with the launch of his new book, “Learn to swim with sharks: the secret art of grant writing” (Oct. 2019), JD Smith will host an introduction to the grant writing process, which will then be followed up by a more in depth analysis of how to structure a project and understand the nuances of the actual grant application itself.

You will not be disappointed.

With nearly 14 years of experience in research development, mostly at Goldsmiths, University of London, JD Smith aims to take the knowledge learned in the ‘locked up ivory towers of academia’ and impart it to those that don’t necessarily have access to such resources as those offered by a major university.

The webinars are open to everyone. No matter their level of knowledge of the funding arena.

Part 1 (19th August) will be a more generalised overview of project development, from the basics of ‘What is grant funding?’ to ‘Who has the money?’ and ‘What do I need the money for?’…Grant Writing 101 if you wish.

Part 2 (20th August)will breakdown a project application structure and analyze the subsections that enable a project to develop, and more importantly, you will learn how to concisely convey the information so that the funder knows exactly what its giving you the money for. Grant writing: making a good application, great.

If you are an artist, an arts organisation, a charity or community group, CSO, NGO, early career researcher, PhD student, or any individual interested in getting a grant for a project (even solar panels for the roof of your house!) then this two-parter is for you.

JD Smith has worked on a variety of projects across a broad spectrum of disciplines. His portfolio includes projects for ACE, AHRC, ESRC, Leverhulme Trust, British Academy, Royal Society, Wellcome Trust, The National Lottery, Esmee Fairbairn, Paul Hamlyn amongst many others. He is a specialist in European funding, with particular emphasis on Framework Programmes, Horizon 2020 and Creative Europe.

He was fundamental in securing European Research Council funding for Forensic Architecture (Turner Prize nominee 2018), and has worked with individuals and large consortia on an array of projects that have been successfully funded across the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Technology.

He lives in Spain, where he undertakes his own art research practice, RosaCristina (, as well as continuing to work as a consultant on the grant writing process with clients across Europe, the US and the UK.

Each session is 40 minutes, and uses Zoom as a meeting room host. You will be buying a ticket that allows you access to both sessions. All participants will also receive a 15% discount on the forthcoming book, “Learn to swim with sharks: the secret art of grant writing” due October 2019.

Places on the sessions are restricted, but there will be further sessions throughout August and September.

As well as the webinar sessions, there is a weekly grant surgery for 1-2-1 advice and feedback. If you wish to know more about this simply drop me a line at [email protected]