Capacity-building workshops for artists, community leaders and anyone who wants to make things happen

Effective Grant Writing

Its time to get that idea funded!

Build your understanding of what is required to successfully apply for and acquit grants. This fun and hands-on workshop will focus on transforming your ideas into fundable concepts and will walk you step by step through the process. Includes:

    • Where to find the money
    • Writing a killer 50-word grab
    • Working with partners
    • Building a budget
    • Answering the ‘sustainability’ and ‘evaluation’ questions
  • I attended your Online Grant Writing Workshop tonight and it was fab! So many priceless insights. You are an amazing speaker, engaging and knowledgeable and your passion is inspiring. I took lots of notes and was ‘glued’ to the screen. After two or so months of zooming, your session was a definite exemption from my symptoms of zoom fatigue!

    Online Workshop Attendee Effective Grant Writing
  • Early December 2018 I attended an entertaining and very informative 4-hour Grant Writing for Artists workshop by Debby Maziarz. The group was a wonderful tangle of people from many genres of ‘art’ including furniture design, theatre, dance, writing, sculpture, clowning and ceramics. The groups ages were from early 20’s to 60’s and we interacted easily - laughing and sharing personal stories, worries, dreams and goals. Debby was extremely generous in sharing a wealth of personal and professional information. Her slideshow and presentation reflected her professionalism and incredible background of knowledge. This workshop has given me invaluable knowledge and motivation and the support from Debby and the group was heart-warming. The fee was worth every priceless minute.

    Sandra E Brown Writer
  • Debby is an excellent communicator and presented a lively workshop that engaged and informed me very much.  This workshop has increased my confidence to be able to apply for grants. Grant applications are an unknown entity and fearful for me, so this workshop with Debby was very valuable and impactful for me at this important time as an emerging artist. I learned information about how to attack the budget and overall I’ve gained the knowledge, insight and skills to develop, complete and submit a strong and more competitive project proposal and grant application.

    Workshop Attendee Effective Grant Writing

Resourcing Your Art

Making a living through your arts practice.

This practical and fun workshop will focus on identifying individual and collective assets and exploring ways to sell, trade, collaborate, share and maximize these assets to build a strong creative community.

      • Find out what you’ve got
      • Understand your value
      • Build new partnerships
      • Know what you need to do to get your creative work done

Join artist and social entrepreneur Debby Maziarz as she shares her personal story of starting a circus using what she had in her pocket and tips on sustaining an arts practice from knowing what hourly rate to charge to bartering with her dentist.

  • Some of the artists met each other for the first time at the workshop and have since formed groups to support each other to take their ideas further or mentor each other.    Some important connections and networks have been established as a result and some of the artists have set up new strands to their arts businesses or taken the management and presentation of their business to a more professional level.

    Jenny Kena Cultural Development Officer, Wingecarribee Shire Council
  • Thank you again for yesterday’s workshop. I very much enjoy discussing art practice with fellows. I found accord with many of the ideas discussed and was encouraged to hear them coming from other people. Debby is very strong in enthusing an audience with a will to go further.

    Workshop Attendee Resourcing Your Art
  • I thoroughly enjoyed the day, and thought Debby was fantastic, has great ideas and I know everything we discussed will be helpful to my arts practice.

    Workshop Attendee Resourcing Your Art

Project Planning & Design

The workshop will provide community groups with the tools to successfully design, implement and evaluate community projects. It covers:

  • Priority projects and ideas
  • Engaging participants
  • Managing partnerships
  • Resourcing your project
  • Evaluation
  • I thoroughly enjoyed're a rare mix of brilliantly purposeful and engaging teacher/facilitator and hugely relevant and pragmatic professional in the field.

    Workshop Attendee Project Planning & Design
  • Last night unexpectedly gave, what I can only term as an epiphany, as to why I’ve not achieved some funding objectives.

    Workshop Attendee Project Planning & Design
  • Debby ran a fantastic session. Her warm personality and personal stories of projects empowered me to engage with her simple, concise but detailed presentation, leaving me feeling much more capable and inspired!

    Workshop Attendee Project Planning & Design

Budgeting – How Does it work?

What are funding bodies expecting in a project budget?

This workshop breaks down a budget from income to expenditure and answers questions relating to:

  • Inkind support
  • How much to ask for
  • Getting paid
  • How to deal with salary/wages and oncosts
  • What happens if you don’t get what you asked for
  • Acquittals

Other Workshop Topics:

  • Acquittals
  • Bringing your Ideas to Life
  • Sustaining your Arts Practice and Creative Self

How is Debby taking her workshops online?

I have recently converted all of my skills development training and facilitation to online zoom workshops and the experience has been really positive. I have been receiving excellent feedback from convenors and participants and I have enjoyed the new approach.

Recently a friend asked me, ‘So what do you do to make the workshops so successful, to keep people engaged?’

I think it’s a combinations of things:

  • The community are receptive to this approach so the energy in the room is open and generous.
  • In preparation for the workshop I still practice my pre-workshop ritual of meditation and preparing the physical space that I am in so it is clean, inviting and ready for participants to enter.
  • I incorporate interactive activities, questions and discussion to keep people engaged in the experience.
  • I make a concerted effort to make eye contact with people and maintain an atmosphere of fun and sharing.
  • It’s amazing how you can still ‘read a room’, even online, but you need to be tuned in.
  • I still reward people with virtual chocolate.
  • I use ‘show and tell’ a lot as a way to introduce physical objects into the virtual space.

My approach to online facilitation is just an extension of my overall facilitation practice. I try to be my true authentic self and the experience is always an invitation to connect with others and learn.

  • I attended your Online Grant Writing Workshop tonight and it was fab! So many priceless insights. You are an amazing speaker, engaging and knowledgeable and your passion is inspiring. I took lots of notes and was ‘glued’ to the screen. After two or so months of zooming, your session was a definite exemption from my symptoms of zoom fatigue!

    Online Workshop Attendee Effective Grant Writing
  • That was FAB. Thanks so much for your time and expertise. I managed to get a snapshot of us all at the end, and Boy did we learn a LOT. Enjoy the rest of your week, and stay well and coronavirus-free.

    Online Workshop Attendee
  • Thank you Debby, loved your energy and enthusiasm and practical tips. Loved this workshop, so much to think about and apply. Thank you!

    Online Workshop Attendee
  • Amazing energy put in this workshop. Thank you so much, I have learned so much, what a great opportunity!

    Online Workshop Attendee

Debby has delivered workshops for:

      • City of Melbourne (Community Services, Art & Culture, Signal, ArtPlay & Opportunities for Carlton)
      • Abbottsford Convent
      • Hobson’s Bay Shire Council
      • Nillumbik Shire Council
      • North Yarra Community Health
      • Multicultural Arts Victoria – Emerge Cultural Leadership Program
      • Open Family
      • Swimming Victoria
      • City of Yarra
      • Outer Urban Projects
      • MTC NEON Festival
      • Brimbank City Council
      • Monash City Council
      • Boroondara City Council
      • Wyndham City Council
      • Wollongong City Council
      • Wingecarribee Shire Council
      • Knox City Council
      • Yarra Ranges Council
      • Jeavons Landscape Architects
      • Moreland City Council
      • Latrobe City Council
      • Catholic Education Sandhurst Ltd
      • Melbourne Fringe Festival
      • Manningham City Council

Book an Upcoming Workshop

Upcoming Workshops
  1. Effective Grant Writing Workshop – City of Monash

    February 7 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  2. Grant Writing Workshop – City of Melton

    February 10 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  3. Effective Grant Writing Workshop – Banyule City Council

    February 15 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  4. Effective Grant Writing Workshop – City of Monash

    February 17 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  5. Grant Writing Online Workshop – City of Melton

    February 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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