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As part of the evolution of the New Stream programme, Business to Arts has commenced a 24-month Arts’ Fellowship Programme in partnership with Dublin City Council’s Dublin’s Culture Connects for new Fundraising or Marketing & Fundraising Executives.

Fundraising Fellowship, Dublin has offered four cultural organisations 50% part-funding toward the employment of full-time ‘Fundraising’ or ‘Marketing & Fundraising’ human resources over a 24-month period. The recruited Fellows will be supported by a structured programme of training and mentorship with Business to Arts as part of the Fellowship.

The Fundraising Fellowship, Dublin programme is a partnership between Dublin City Council and the New Stream Fundraising Capacity Building Project operated by Business to Arts, which is now in its 7th year. To date, participants in New Stream have raised in-excess of €17.9m as a result of the skills and learning implemented during the programme.

The Fundraising Fellowship, Dublin for Dublin-based cultural organisations builds on the Docklands Arts Fund created by Business to Arts and Dublin City Council which was launched in 2015, and is part of a series of Legacy Projects developed by Dublin City Council following their European Capital of Culture 2020 designation bid in 2015. The civic energy generated, new connections made, and new thinking developed produced a blueprint for delivery on many of the objectives set out in the Bid Book.

For Business to Arts and Dublin City Council, the overall objective of the Fundraising Fellowship; Dublin is:

  • To continue and enhance prior investment by cultural organisations in the development of human resources and capacity building
  • To create stronger cultural organisations who are committed to long term sustainability, based on business minded planning and a cultural strategy
  • To facilitate the cultural organisation in gaining knowledge so that it can leverage and increase resources in a long-term and sustainable way thereby maintaining and improving its longevity
  • To address the 6 key barriers identified in the 6-year review of New Stream programme review 2016 

The Application process for cultural organisation participation is now closed &  four organisations have been selected - Dublin Theatre Festival, Fishamble  Theatre Company, Helium Arts & Temple Bar Gallery + Studios.  

All recruited Fellows will be required to participate in what is a new and very exciting initiative, from April 2017 until March 2019. This will require the Fellow’s attendance at various workshops, training, and mentoring sessions with Business to Arts and our partners.

All queries in relation to this Fellowship programme should be directed to





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