Candid Conversations: Finding Funding
Jun 26

Candid Conversations: Finding Funding



In this Candid Conversation, our panel will look at the different sources of funding available to creators - obvious ones and not so obvious ones. We will talk about different funding opportunities, how they work, and the tactics necessary to succeed. Creators can too easily believe that they don’t ‘fit’ in the funder’s eyes and this conversation will help move past this perception through tactical asks over time. We will learn first-hand about fundraising campaigns and business development strategies while exploring questions such as:

  • What funding is out there and how do I get access to it?
  • Which sources of support are best for you?
  • How do I tell my story in a way that feels good while meeting the funder’s priorities?

Following the panel discussion, join us for a session on knowledge mapping, networking and a guided conversation that digs deeper into the theme of finding funding in a small-scale, intimate workshop.


Please see the agenda for the day below:

6:00 - 6:30 PM  Doors Open + Registration
6:30 - 6:45 PM Framework
6:45 - 7:45 PM  Panel Discussion
7:45 - 9:00 PM Knowledge Mapping + Guided Conversation
9:00 - 9:30 PM Mix & Mingle! + Optional Launchpad Tour


Randell Adjei and Kevin Reigh—

Randell Adjei (R.I.S.E. Edutainment) is an Author, Inspirational Speaker, Arts Educator and Community Leader who uses the spoken word to empower and transform through Edutainment. He is the founder of one of Toronto's largest and longest running youth-led initiatives; Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere (R.I.S.E Edutainment). Randell is also a MaRS DD - Studio Y Cohort 2 Fellow, 1 of 5 coaches involved in the Toronto Public Library’s (Poetry Saved Our Lives) project, and a regularly sought after speaker and presenter with the Toronto District School Board and the Toronto Catholic School Board.

Kevin Reigh (Toronto Arts Council) has over 14 years of experience working in the arts/not-for-profit sector, having previously worked at dance Immersion, the Canadian Music Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA) and Unity Charity in various administrative, fundraising and outreach capacities. He also founded Mosiah Grant Writing + Creative Communications to help independent artists and smaller not-for-profit organizations navigate the world of grant writing and proposal development.

Owais Lightwala and Alicia Rose

Owais Lightwala (Why Not Theatre) is a theatre producer, and currently the Managing Director of Why Not Theatre. Over the last 6 years working for Why Not, he has produced sold-out runs of award-winning new works, national and international tours, presentations from around the world, and co-helmed the creation of innovative new producing models like the RISER Project. He advises many arts organizations (including theatre and dance companies, music presenters, film festivals and more) as a strategic consultant, particularly on finding better ways of doing things, changing who’s on stage and in the audience, and anything to do with numbers.  He also dabbles in theatre making as an artist, and is a prolific web and graphic designer. A lifelong learner, he was selected for the Impact Program for Arts Leaders (Stanford Graduate School of Business), has completed the CORe program (Harvard Business School), was a 2018 DiverseCity Fellow (CivicAction), a fellow in the 2018 Leaders Lab (Toronto Arts Council/Banff Centre), and a graduate of York University’s Theatre program.

Alicia Rose (TD Ready Commitment) has worked for over 15 years in the non-profit sector before making the switch to work in community investment in the private sector. Today, Alicia works as Manager, Corporate Citizenship at TD Bank Group. In her day-to-day, she makes funding recommendations to support TD's Corporate Citizenship strategy called The Ready Commitment.  She has a diverse portfolio of community partners which includes: festivals, theatres, music as well as TD's Black History Month Series. Previous to her time at TD, Alicia held positions at Business for the Arts, Pathways to Education and Harbourfront Centre. She has also held numerous volunteer roles including Steering Committee Member, School for Social Entrepreneurs Ontario; artsVest Mentor, Business for the Arts; and Past Board of Directors, Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario. She is a CivicAction DiverseCity Alumni as well as a Toronto Foundation Vital People recipient. She is a diehard Prince fan and her life philosophy: Collaboration is much more productive than the competition.


Launchpad Learning offers tiered pricing to support creatives of all levels of experience and stage in your creative practice. You are encouraged to select the option that best reflects where you are in your entrepreneurial journey: early, emerging, established, or intrapreneur. Launchpad members enjoy 25% off registration fees! Register now! Space is limited.

About Candid Conversations

Candid Conversations is Launchpad Learning's new, mixed-format learning series that goes beyond the panel and takes an honest look at the broad themes related to your creative practice. If you're inspired, do a deep dive into the lessons learned from the discussion through follow-up workshops offered in ways that put the focus directly on you and your creative practice.


We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts. Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien.


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