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Fundraising Fellowship, Ireland – Call for Expressions of Interest


Business to Arts Picture Conor McCabe Photography.Business to Arts is pleased to announce that the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media have confirmed funding for the next round of the Fundraising Fellowship, Ireland which was first launched in 2016.

Expressions of interest for the next round of Fellows opens today, with applications opening on September 15th and running until November 24th. Two organisations will be chosen as part of this process and matched-funding of €15,000pa will be provided for a duration of two years for these organisations to hire a fundraising professional or marketing and fundraising professional for their team. The Fellowship programme, which is valued in excess of €78,000, includes the development and implementation of organisational marketing plans, fundraising plans, implementation/review of friends & membership schemes, prospecting and research, relationship management, board engagement, pitching, presentation skills and one-to-one mentoring sessions.

On the launch of the Fellowship programme Minister Catherine Martin said:

“I am pleased to support the Fundraising Fellowship Ireland, which provides funding, training, and mentorship to an area of the cultural sector that continues to be vital. As we navigate a return to more cultural events, exhibitions and experiences, programmes like the Fundraising Fellowship Ireland help to maintain a long-term focus on, and commitment to, critical fundraising capacity building.”

The current Fellows – Gillian Fenton from Lime Tree Theatre and Catherine Hearn from Music Network – have developed their fundraising practice and helped their organisations to strategically position themselves for growth as we move towards a new phase of reopening, with Gill Fenton reflecting that ‘the Fellowship has been transformative for me personally and for the organisation.’

On the launch of the expression of interest, Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive of Business to Arts said:

‘Through the New Stream programme, Business to Arts has been working with the arts sector since 2010 to embed fundraising and development as a key competency and role in the participating organisations. With this open call, we are seeking expressions of interest from qualifying cultural organisations to join New Stream’s Fundraising Fellowship, Ireland programme. The participating organisations will be supported by Business to Arts, The Department and a team of industry experts to recruit and embed a fundraising position for their organisation over the period 2021-23 and beyond.’

All arts organisations that are interested in applying to this round of the Fundraising Fellowship, Ireland should send their expression of interest to Michelle Reid –


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