11 May 2018back

Creative Internships Blog Week 30

Sioned Young, Pontio

My time over these last few weeks has been mostly dedicated to putting together a grant application for an exciting youth project.  It’s aimed at creatively resolving a group’s disruptive engagement with the centre. With scope for three years’ funding, this was by far the biggest project I’ve worked on and I must admit, I did have my initial reservations about whether we’d be able to pull it together in time.

Thankfully, the experience of my arts mentors and their confidence in me and my work powered us through - it was a proud moment to press that ‘submit’ button on Friday.

Looking back on the process of putting the application together, it’s amazing how much I gained from a single fundraising task. Being such a complex grant and as Pontio is a part of Bangor University, it gave me the opportunity to work with a wide range of different departments. I learnt so much from everyone I worked with and I’ve also helped establish new relationships between Pontio and other departments within the University.

What I gained most, was some valuable confidence in myself and the work that I’m doing. I must give thanks to my mentors for their belief in me. It’s a big step up from the first grant application I made for a one-off event, but I’m thankful for the challenge. There’s no better way to learn than to be daring and push yourself out of your comfort zone.

Next up, it’s a short chance to breathe and turn my attention to some sponsorship ideas. That is before a busy week of events including our Gwanwyn Festival Event (funded by my first successful grant application) a final staff training workshop for a local restaurant chain, and then down to Cardiff for the Arts & Business Cymru Awards. So, full steam ahead!

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