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Fundraising Fellowship, Ireland – A Partnership with Business to Arts & the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media

As part of the evolution of the New Stream programme, Business to Arts is commencing a third round of the 24-month Fundraising Fellowship Programme in partnership with the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media for new Fundraising or Marketing & Fundraising Executives.

Fundraising Fellowship, Ireland offers two 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.

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. To date, participants in New Stream [1]have raised in-excess of €18m as a result of the skills and learning implemented during the programme. To date, there are currently three fellows on the Fundraising Fellowship, Ireland programme.

For Business to Arts and the Department of Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht, the overall objective of the Fundraising Fellowship, Ireland is:

  • To continue and enhance prior investment by national and regional 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 cultural organisations in gaining knowledge so they can leverage and increase resources in a long-term and sustainable way thereby maintaining and improving their longevity
  • To address the 6 key barriers identified in the 6-year review of New Stream programme review 2016. The main barriers to implementing learning and being successful with fundraising identified by participants in New Stream remain turnover of key staff, a lack of succession planning for key staff, limited staff capacity/ numbers for effective fundraising and marketing, insufficient time and human resources needed to effectively implement fundraising/strategic plans

*Applications now open for the next round of the Fundraising Fellowship Ireland. To submit your application, please click here. 

*Applications will only be accepted via the online application portal. The closing date for applications is 5pm on Wednesday 24th November 2021. 

Supporting Documentation

  1. Application Criteria & Guidelines
  2. Application Form (for reference only)

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After an open call for applications in November 2019, Music Network (Dublin) and Lime Tree Theatre (Limerick) were selected to participate in the 2019-2021 programme. 

Case studies of previous past participants:

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