Fundraising Fellowship


The Fundraising Fellowship, Dublin is a partnership between Dublin’s Culture Connects and the New Stream Fundraising Capacity Building Project operated by Business to Arts. Through this programme, we strengthen and support Dublin cultural organisations by giving them the skills and confidence to fundraise, expanding their own impact and sharing their learning with others.

As part of the fellowship, we offer part funding towards the employment of full-time fundraising human resources, and over two years the Fellows take part in a structured programme of fundraising training and mentorship.


Business to Arts

Business to Arts brokers, enables and supports creative partnerships between businesses, individuals and the arts. They are a membership-based, charitable organisation (CHY 9871) that works with corporates and individuals to develop solutions in areas such as sponsorship, commissioning, brand development, training, leadership development, internal and external communications and events.

Selected Cultural Organisations

Four cultural organisations have been selected to take part in the programme. Dublin Theatre Festival, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Fishamble: The New Play Company and Helium Arts will each be part-funded to recruit a Fundraising Fellow. Recruitment for the Fellow positions will commence in January 2017.

Dublin Theatre Festival

Established in 1957, Dublin Theatre Festival is an annual event that brings together artists, theatre-makers and audiences from Ireland and around the world. Throughout the festival performances take place in venues and locations across the city. The programme incorporates theatre, music, dance and family events as well as artist talks, public discussions and artist development programmes. Classic drama is presented by celebrated companies and artists alongside work by exciting, emerging theatre-makers from home and abroad.

Fishamble: The New Play Company

Over the past 25 years, Fishamble: The New Play Company has produced 131 new plays, including 42 standalone plays and 89 short plays as part of longer works. These plays have been written by well-known writers including Sebastian Barry, Maeve Binchy, Colum McCann, Dermot Bolger and Joseph O’Connor, but also completely unknown writers (at the time) whose first plays were produced by Fishamble, including Mark O’Rowe, Marina Carr, Gavin Kostick, Pat Kinevane, Sean McLoughlin, Stella Feehily and Michael West.

Helium Arts

Helium is a leading contributor to arts and health policymaking in Ireland. In Ireland, there are 100,000 children and teenagers living every day with the long-term effects of illness. Helium Arts brings positivity to these children’s lives through award-winning, participatory arts programmes. Their creative projects take place in hospital, health and community settings around Ireland, transforming the healthcare experience of young people and those who care for them through art, imagination and play. Helium collaborates with professional artists to research, develop and pioneer arts practice in partnership with healthcare professionals.

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios (TBG+S) is an artist’s community in the heart of Dublin city centre. Founded in 1983, the building houses thirty artists’ studios in which professional visual artists make their work. Member artists at TBG+S work in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture and photography and the work made in studios at TBG+S goes on to be exhibited around the country and internationally. At the TBG+S gallery, temporary exhibitions are presented regularly and represent a cross section of contemporary Irish and international visual arts practice.


Through Business to Arts, Fellows will receive fundraising training and mentorship from experienced national and international leaders inside and outside the arts sector. The aim is to equip these Fellows and their cultural organisations with skills to build capacity in their own organisations and subsequently share the skills and knowledge with local smaller organisations.