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Fundraising Fellowship, Ireland call for applications

FFI LogoBusiness to Arts in partnership with the Department of Culture, Heritage & Gaeltacht have launched a call for applications to a 24-month National Fundraising Fellowship programme for new Fundraising Executives. Fundraising Fellowship Ireland is informed by the two-year Fundraising Fellowship, Dublin programme, which was created by Business to Arts in partnership with Dublin City Council’s Dublin’s Culture Connects. This programme of activity is associated with the New Stream programme, a fundraising capacity building project operated by Business to Arts, which is now in its 8th year.

The Fundraising Fellowship, Ireland will offer two cultural organisations matched-funding (maximum of €15,000) toward the employment of full-time fundraising or marketing & fundraising human resources, contracted over a 24-month period. Applications are being sought from cultural organisations based outside of Dublin and National-profile organisations with significant audiences and programme delivery outside of Dublin. The 2 recruited Fellows will take part in a structured programme of training and mentorship developed by Business to Arts as part of the Fellowship. The aim is to equip these fellows and their cultural organisations with skills to build capacity in their own organisations.

The New Stream programme is a long-term capacity building programme which has been operated by Business to Arts and funded by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Accenture, Dublin City Council and the Department of Culture, Heritage & Gaeltacht which has strengthened the skills of 43 cultural organisations to generate new funding streams. Since 2009, participants in New Stream have raised in-excess of €17.9m as a result of the skills and learning implemented during the programme. Click here to download the latest New Stream Review.

The objective of The Fundraising Fellowship, Ireland is to enhance the investment by cultural organisations in their strategic planning and fundraising capacity. The programme will also address the lack of human resources dedicated to fundraising in the selected arts, cultural and community organisations.

Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive of Business to Arts states:

“Working with the Department of Culture, Heritage & Gaeltacht, the Fundraising Fellowship, Ireland programme will address the long-term issues facing the cultural sector. With the introduction of the National Fellowship, building on our work with Dublin’s Culture Connects, Dublin City Council and our in-depth research through our fundraising capacity building programme, New Stream, our extensive networks and resources will equip participant organisations and Fellows with a range of resources, support and strategy for organisational fundraising development.”

Minister Humphreys T.D., states:

“I am delighted that my Department is partnering with Business to Arts on Fundraising Fellowship, Ireland over the next two years.  Fundraising can be hugely beneficial to cultural organisations both directly and indirectly. Aside from providing additional income to improve sustainability and stability, fundraising assists organisations in developing wide-ranging philanthropic connections that can boost their profile and reach.” 

For further information click here.

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