We are operating in extraordinary circumstances and many of the conventional ways that networks choose to meet, and work will no longer be appropriate as the country adapts to the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, and our government’s guidance around social distancing and self-isolation. As such, Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy is bringing forward its next allocation of Networks Funding to support the sector in thinking about new ways of working – innovative approaches to virtual support mechanisms, investing in software to help existing networks to sustain themselves, and ensuring that remote, sole fundraisers can feel part of something bigger during this difficult time. We want to ensure that what emerges from these networks will be embedded so we will additionally provide support to groups awarded funding in this round through access to our pool of Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy trainers.
CEO Michelle Wright says: "Our networks funding has always been an important part of what Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy aims to achieve. We believe that collaboration and sharing of ideas are vital for the arts and cultural sector to grow and thrive. With fundraisers more isolated than ever, and unable to build and maintain networks in traditional ways, it was crucial for us to support the development of networks that could help fundraisers. We are excited to see a range of innovation and enterprise ideas to support fundraisers adapt to a challenging environment.”