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Arts Council England has announced the 62 successful applicants to the ‘Catalyst Arts: Building Fundraising Capacity’ scheme. Disability Arts Online and StopGap Dance Company are part of a consortium celebrating success.

The Arts Council’s £7 million scheme aims to enable arts organisations to increase fundraising capacity and expertise in order to improve their resilience. The scheme supports organisations to work together collectively to develop innovative solutions to fundraising development needs.

DAO worked with Salisbury Arts Centre to apply for £141,400 on behalf of a consortium of four with StopGap Dance Company and The Point (Eastleigh). All four organisations share a commitment to making arts accessible to everyone and a mutual challenge in raising sufficient funds to continue to provide high quality arts opportunities that are affordable.

Disability Arts Online Director Trish Wheatley said:

“We are very pleased to be part of a consortium to have received a Catalyst award. This builds on our existing relationship with Salisbury Arts Centre as well as creating a new exciting collaboration with The Point (Eastleigh) and StopGap Dance Company. This will help us to develop our fundraising capacity and comes at a crucial time when raising an income to support our work is an increasingly difficult challenge. DAO builds partnership working into the vast majority of its activity but has rarely worked together with other arts organisations on fundraising so we are looking forward to exploring the opportunities this opens up for developing sustainable income streams."

Arts Council England received 164 applications to the scheme, requesting a total of £18 million against a budget of £7 million and are making 62 grants that will benefit 217 organisations.

The £141,400 grant awarded to lead applicant Salisbury Arts Centre and its consortium partners covers a two-year period, ending on 31 May 2015, and will enable all four organisations to increase staff capacity and invest in fundraising training and mentoring. The consortium will also pilot a joint fundraising campaign to present a large outdoor event with a focus on Disability Arts in 2015.

If you have fundraising ideas for DAO or simply want to make a donation to support our work please contact or call/text on 07766 760980.