Knowledge Centre Criteria & Guidelines


Application Criteria

Selected arts, cultural or community organisations must be not-for-profit organisations, that are registered companies and have an existing CHY number.

Organisations must be based in Dublin City Council local areas. Please note, Business to Arts hopes to announce opportunities for organisations outside of this geographic area in 2017.

Selection criteria will include:

o    consideration of the size of organisation (eg. by existing employee numbers, turnover etc.)

o    their geographical spread across the city

o    whether the organisation has already taken steps towards development/training in this area

  • Selection is based on the readiness of cultural organisations and preference will be given to:

o    Organisations that have a minimum of three full-time staff members, including: Artistic Director/Director, General Manager/Producer & Administrator (or similar structure)

o    Organisations that have written or implemented a (minimum of) three-year strategic/business plan for their organisation

o    Organisations that have completed fundraising/capacity building programmes including Business to Arts’ New Stream programme with the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland and/or training OR The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon RAISE Initiative

  • Grants will be for a maximum of €15,000 per annum over a two year (24 month period) and are aimed at part-subsidising the cost of full-time OR contracted (minimum two-year) Fundraising or Marketing & Fundraising Executive
  • Grants will not be made to an organisation where grants are used to part-finance an existing full-time Fundraising or Marketing & Fundraising Executive
  • The minimum salary to be offered to new Fundraising or Marketing & Fundraising Executive by successful organisations is €30,000 per annum. This means that grants provided to cultural organisations will be made on approximately €1:€1 matching basis (max. €15,000 grant per annum) to recipient cultural organisations
  • Bonuses or other entitlements to Fundraising or Marketing & Fundraising Executive are at the discretion of the cultural organisation
  • Application forms must be completed by Director/CEO/Chair or equivalent
  • Directors/CEO and Chair/Board Member of shortlisted organisations will be invited to interview in Nov/Dec 2016
  • Successful organisations will be announced in Dec 2016
  • Successful organisations will commence recruitment of Fundraising Fellows by Feb 2017
  • The recruitment process for Fundraising Fellows will be supported by Business to Arts.
  • Business to Arts and Dublin City Council retain the right to participate in interview panels with successful organisations
  • Fundraising Fellows should have commenced in their positions with successful organisations by May 2017
  • Board Chairs and Executive Directors will be required to sign an agreement with Business to Arts confirming their participation in elements of Fundraising Fellowship training, including an agreement to implement and monitor key performance indicators for recruited Fundraising or Marketing & Fundraising Executive
  • If your organisation’s application is successful, the Fundraising Staff your organisation recruits will be expected to:

o    Attend monthly (one day) professional development sessions with Business to Arts

o   Contribute one written article per calendar year to New Stream Knowledge Centre

o    Become a member and active contributor to the Development Managers’ Forum

o    Participate in an International Peer Exchange Programme

  • If your organisation’s application is successful, the CEO/Director will be expected to:

o    Attend and present semi-annual performance appraisals for the recruited fundraising staff

o    Complete annual assessments, and case-studies for the New Stream Programme

o    Grants will be paid in three installments annually and commence on the successful recruitment of Fundraising or Marketing & Fundraising Executive

*This programme is completed and applications are closed*


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