New focus on creative expertise over the city

by Gazette Reporter

DUBLIN City Council’s Dublin’s Culture Connects, and Business to Arts, are calling on community or small cultural organisations across the city who are interested in building their fundraising capacity to apply for a 12-month training and mentoring programme.
Interested groups can apply for one of four places by completing an application form before 5pm next Monday, September 11.
This joint programme between Dublin’s Culture Connects and Business to Arts, the Fundraising Fellowship, Dublin initiative aims to develop the pool of fundraising expertise in cultural organisations.
The four successful groups will receive training and mentorship in the areas of sponsorship and marketing, which will be facilitated under the guidance of Business to Arts by the new Fundraising Fellows Dublin: Temple Bar Gallery + Studios; Helium Arts; Fishamble: The New Play Company, and Dublin Theatre Festival.
Any community group in the city can also book to attend an Introduction to Fundraising seminar on Tuesday, November 14 at the Wood Quay venue.
Dublin’s Culture Connects project director Iseult Byrne said: “This programme aims to develop fundraising expertise, not only in our partner organisations, but also in community groups in the city.
“We are now looking for community organisations to tell us why they should be part of this fundraising expertise-sharing initiative.”
To be eligible to apply for the 12-month programme, organisations must fulfil a number of criteria, including that the groups must be located in the Dublin City Council area; be in existence for a minimum of three years; have a future planned programme of activity for at least 12 months; have at least one paid administrator, and have an advisory board or steering committee.
Further details can be found over at the Dublin’s Culture Connects website, or by emailing

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