|Contact||Relevant Head of Artform/Practice|
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Purpose of the award
The Arts Council is calling for expressions of interest for a high-level pilot designed to help its funded organisations raise more money from philanthropic sources. RAISE will provide one-to-one professional support to eight arts organisations for two years, planning and implementing a tailored fundraising programme. The value of support provided to each organisation by the Arts Council will be in the order of €100,000.
The Arts Council is committed to supporting arts organisations in maximising private investment. For the purposes of this pilot, private investment includes donations from individuals, trusts and foundations as well as corporate philanthropy. In developing this new programme, the Arts Council has identified that it is vital for organisations to develop, agree and implement an effective fundraising strategy, and to properly resource that fundraising function.
RAISE aims to provide one-to-one professional support to selected arts organisations to help build and resource their capacity for attracting philanthropic investment. Eight organisations will be selected from those who submit an expression of interest in July 2012. The programme will commence in October 2012.
The Arts Council will work with 2into3 in partnership with Networking Matters to advise on selection and engage with the nominated arts organisations to build capacity to encourage philanthropic investment. 2into3 is a professional services firm with a dedicated focus on addressing the needs and challenges of the not-for-profit sector. Networking Matters is a programme designed to help individuals and organisations build and maintain sustainable business relationships.
What support do the selected organisations receive?
Organisations selected to participate in the programme will receive:
- One to one professional support through a defined process of fundraising strategy development executed by a specialist team composed of Dennis O’Connor, Johnny O’Reilly and Neil Pope of 2into3 and Kingsley Aikins of Networking Matters.
- Support in the recruitment of a fundraiser.
- 50% of the cost of a suitable qualified fundraiser funded for a two year period.
The value of the support provided to each organisation will be in the order of €100,000.
What organisations are eligible to apply?
Arts organisations funded by the Arts Council are eligible to apply. The selected organisations will typically be in receipt of recurring funding.
Expressions of interest should demonstrate how you believe your organisation currently meets, or has the potential to meet, the following criteria:
- Ambition and potential to raise an additional more than €250,000 per annum from private investment. In order to secure a sufficient return on investment, organisations are encouraged to operate or aim to operate at this level.
- Reputation, profile and ability to demonstrate that public good is being served.
- Strength of management team in terms of leadership, artistic management, business management, strategic thinking and networking.
- Standards of governance & ability of board to support the fundraising function.
- Evidence of commitment, with reference to strength of belief and faithfulness in execution over time, as illustrated by a relevant example.
Organisations who submit an expression of interest will be assessed against these criteria and within a competitive context.
How to apply?
Please send an expression of interest via email to email@example.com between 6 July and no later than 5pm on 27 July 2012.
Submissions should clearly state ‘Expression of Interest’ and not exceed 5 pages.
Submissions are requested to be signed by the Chairman and Chief Executive of the organisation, scanned and submitted by email to the above address.
Applicants are welcomed to attach supporting materials that may further illustrate points put forward in their expression of interest. Additional documents would typically include information not in possession of the Arts Council.
The total file submitted including the expression of interest document with signatures of the Chairman and Chief Executive, and any supplementary documentation that an organisation sees fit should not exceed 5MB in total.
The following formats are accepted:
- text files - .rtf/.doc/.docx/.txt
- Adobe Reader files - .pdf
- spreadsheets .xls/.xlsx
Shortlisted organisations that adequately meet the above criteria and/or demonstrate potential will be invited to present their case at an evaluation event on 5 or 6 September 2012. Interested parties should ensure that the appropriate representatives from both the board and management are available for these dates.
For further information please contact the relevant Head of Artform / Practice at the Arts Council.
Queries can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I apply for this?
- Download and read the guidelines available at the top right-hand corner of this page.
- Check if there is any mandatory supporting material that must accompany your application. We may provide a template for the supporting material. If so, you can download it from the supporting materials section at the top right-hand corner of this page.
- All applications must be made through the online services website. You will be able to upload a wide range of support materials in electronic format along with your application form.
- You must be registered with the online services website to make an application. If you are not already registered, we recommend you register for online services as far in advance of the deadline as possible, as it may take five days for your online services registration to be processed.
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