Funding news

03.11.15 - Arts Council Evovle Scheme opening in January 2016

The Evolve programme is a new £17.5million initiative supporting organisations with a limited track record in fundraising to enable them to attract more private giving.

The Evolve programme is a new £17.5million initiative supporting organisations with a limited track record in fundraising to enable them to attract more private giving.

Private giving can come in the form of major gifts, trusts and foundations, corporate donations, sponsorship and individual giving.

Donations and Philanthropy alone will never replace public funding shortfalls but it an important source of support for organisations to explore as part of a mixed portfolio of funding to reduce financial risk and increase resilience over time.

The UK has a rich history of philanthropic giving to arts and culture. Many of our substantial cultural buildings, musicians, artists have relied on the benevolence of supporters, from paying for new buildings or restorations to supporting individual artists to create work.

Often it is the multi-million pound donations that we hear about but increasingly important are the smaller regular giving programmes providing organisations with, if they treat them well, a regular source of unrestricted income.

The Evolve fund aims to enable more private giving to arts and culture. It will do this by supporting organisations that have recently begun to fundraise to achieve step change in their ability to earn philanthropic income.

The programme will:

• offer match funding to incentivise new philanthropic giving

• invest in the skills, capacity and culture of organisations to better enable them to raise philanthropic income

The Arts Council be taking the things they have learnt from the Catalyst arts programme and building on that investment to help organisations develop successful and sustainable fundraising models that continue to generate new money for the sector beyond the end of the grant programme.

It is expected that around 150 grants will be made, supporting organisations for a period of up to three years. You can apply for between £75,000 and £150,000 .

Source: http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/funding/apply-funding/funding-programmes/catalyst-