Planning the Project – The business plan.

Individuals and small organisations may have little experience of developing a business plan, feel daunted at the prospect and be unsure of what information is required or how to present it. Funding organizations will want to know who you are, what you want to do, how you want to do it, where the money/resources will be coming from and finally, when and how the money will be spent.

Your business plan can include:

  • The history and background of your organization.
  • Your current activities.
  • Changes and developments.
  • The annual view.
  • Budgets and cashflow forecasts.

Organisations like LEAN can provide specific help and guidance, whilst bodies like The Arts Council have pamphlets that detail general points such as what the plan should contain to more specific advice on, for instance, how to use a spreadsheet to show projected cash flow.


Useful Contacts and Attachments.

Voluntary ARTS Network -  Provides information and training to those who participate in the voluntary arts sector.

The Arts Council - Business planning in the recession and information on Creating a business plan.

The Guardian Culture Professionals - Business plans: tips for arts, culture and the creative industries

Nesta - Creative Enterprise Toolkit (free downloadable PDF)

ideastap - How to Plan a Creative Business