ACE announces new philanthropy scheme

Arts Council England will back 140 projects to the tune of £17.5 million in the latest phase of its Catalyst programme. 

Catalyst Evolve is a new initiative that aims to support organisations with a limited track record in fundraising to attract more private giving. The programme offers match funding to incentivise philanthropic giving, whilst investing in the skills, capacity and culture of organisations to enable them to raise philanthropic income.

Among the successful applicants is the Unity Theatre which gets £133,900 to help deliver an ambitious fundraising programme.  Knowle West Media Centre is South Bristol is awarded £123,728  to expand its donor base, while the Hastings-based Project Art Works (PAW, which works with people with complex needs,  gets £150,000 worth of  investment .

Two of England’s regional development agencies for literature, Writing West Midlands and Writing East Midlands will be supported with an award of £142,100 to increase their fundraising. The Bureau of Silly Ideas has been awarded £150,000 as lead in a consortium with Red Herring and KP Projects (Bicycle Ballet).

Clare Titley, director of philanthropy at Arts Council England, said: “We can see from the number and quality of the applications that there is a real impetus among small and mid-sized organisations to make a step change in their approach to fundraising and develop their business models.

Matt Hancock, the new Minister of State for Digital and Culture, said:  "British art and culture is among the best in the world. We want to see it thrive. That means continued public funding, which is a critical underpinning. And it means increased philanthropic and private investment has a vital role to play in their continued success. Catalyst Evolve uses public investment to attract more private funding, meaning we all get more bang for our taxpayer buck. 

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