Catalyst is a £100 million culture sector wide private giving investment scheme aimed at helping cultural organisations diversify their income streams and access more funding from private sources. The scheme is made up of investment from Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

Catalyst Evaluation Year One report now published

We have just published the Catalyst Evaluation Year One report. Take a look at the new publication and Executive Summary.

You can also read a selection of short case studies from the funding scheme.

About the funding scheme

Applications to all the funds are now closed and all grants have been awarded.

For information on Heritage Lottery Fund Catalyst initiatives please visit the website.

These schemes represent some of the measures we are putting in place to help create a more sustainable, resilient and innovative arts sector - one of the five goals set out in Great art and culture for everyone, our 10-year framework for the arts.

The programme is one of the targeted grants in our strategic funding programme.

Catalyst offers organisations the opportunity to move their fundraising and development expertise on to the next level, whatever their current starting point. Through all strands of the Catalyst initiative, we aim to support creative and innovative activity that will test a range of fundraising approaches.

Catalyst Arts: building fundraising capacity

Applications are now closed

The £7 million Catalyst Arts: building fundraising capacity scheme aims to enable arts organisations with an underdeveloped fundraising model to increase capacity and expertise in this area and improve their resilience. In the long-term, organisations will be better able to embed new business models that increase and diversify their income to deliver great art for everyone. We received 164 applications to the scheme and have awarded grants of between £60,000 and £150,000 to 62 consortia. These grants will benefit 217 organisations. 

The scheme supports organisations to work together collectively and collaboratively to develop innovative and efficient solutions to addressing fundraising development needs. We believe that learning and skills will be embedded and reach more organisations if collaboration is at the heart of this scheme.

The scheme is designed to help organisations with little or no experience of fundraising to:
• build capacity to address both shared and individual fundraising development needs of cluster members
• identify and develop effective fundraising models that have a long term impact on the business model of each organisation

To find our more please visit the Catalyst Arts: building fundraising capacity page.

Catalyst Arts: endowments

Applications are now closed

Catalyst Arts: endowments is a £55m culture sector wide scheme funded jointly by the DCMS, Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England. It offers match funding to arts organisations with a successful track record of fundraising to help them build endowments that provide an annual income.

In June 2012 we announced the 18 arts applicants who have been granted £30,500,000 in total. You can download the list of successful applicants using the link on the right. The list of successful heritage applicants is available on the Heritage Lottery fund website.

Catalyst Arts: capacity building and match funding

Applications are now closed

The £30 million Catalyst Arts: capacity building and match funding scheme will support organisations in building their fundraising capacity and capability over a three-year period. Grants of between £120,000 and £240,000 have been awarded to 173 organisations. We received over 350 applications to the scheme.

You can download the full list of successful applicants, and information on how we will manage grants using the links on the right.

The three-year timescale recognises that changing the way organisations work and generating a flow of new sources of funding will take time. We are investing in organisations committed to making a step-change in their approach to fundraising so that they become more financially and organisationally resilient. Our aim is to help the arts sector to attract new money now and in the longer term to be invested in additional artistic activity.

Organisations will use funds in the first year to gear up resources and build capacity. In the second and third years, funding will increasingly be used as match funding to incentivise donations. Organisations who applied to this scheme were expected to have some experience in fundraising and show commitment to wanting to raise their game in this area.

Catalyst commissioned fund

Transforming arts fundraising

Applications are now closed

The Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Consortium has been selected as the national delivery partner for our Transforming arts fundraising programme. Specific details of how arts organisations can get involved in the programme will be announced in the coming months. For more information visit the Transforming arts fundraising pages of our website.

Find out about the Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Programme.