Frequently asked questions about the Catalyst Arts: building fundraising capacity scheme.

Catalyst Arts: building fundraising capacity

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How will we monitor the success of the scheme?

Like all Catalyst schemes, this is about long term change. We will be looking at a number of indicators including the Annual Giving report from Charities Aid Foundation and National Council for Voluntary Organisations; and the Arts Council's annual submission data to monitor trends in fundraising and giving across the arts and wider cultural sector.

There is reference in the guidance to setting fundraising targets. Do consortia need to write these into their applications?

No, on page six of the guidance to applicants it states that if awarded a grant, consortia will be required to set future fundraising targets in early 2015 and explain how each member of the group will embed their new fundraising model in future business planning.

What would happen if a consortium member were to close or face real financial difficulties which led to them leaving a consortium?

We would ask the consortium to review and revise the planned activity and budget. Depending on when the issue occurred, they may wish to invite another organisation to join them or we may close the grant. All successful applicants will be required to draw up a partnership agreement and we would strongly advise that consortia discuss this eventuality.

How do we define fundraising?

There is a definition of fundraising in the guidance to applicants.  In the context of this particular scheme, fundraising means specifically:

  • donations from individuals
  • grants and donations from trusts and foundations
  • corporate donations
  • corporate sponsorship (meaning activity such as sponsorship of an event, space, production in return for tickets, branding or corporate events)

What do we mean by ‘little or no experience of fundraising’?

We mean organisations that have underdeveloped fundraising models ie, limited success in fundraising.

This includes, but is not limited to; organisations which have previously attempted to fundraise previously but have not been successful; those that do not have the dedicated resource or expertise; or those that have never attempted to fundraise.

However, it is for an organisation to define for themselves and with other members of their consortium whether they think they have little or no experience in fundraising. We would encourage consortium to work through the questions on page 5 of the guidance to applicants.

Can local authorities and higher education institutions be part of a consortium?

Yes, provided they meet the eligibility criteria. Consortium members can include Bridge organisations, music education hubs and arts organisations based within larger bodies such as local authorities and higher education institutions.

Can unsuccessful applicants to other Catalyst streams be part of a consortium?

Yes, although we would remind applicants that this scheme is aimed at organisations with little or no experience of fundraising. 


Are there a maximum number of consortium members?

No, we are not stipulating how many members consortium should have. However, we expect to see evidence in applications of effective and efficient use of the grant which demonstrates the benefit to each consortium member. 

Why is the scheme only open to consortia?

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

This scheme is about Goal 3 of Achieving great art for everyone: the arts are sustainable, resilient and innovative. We also have a priority under this goal of encouraging networking, collaboration and partnerships.