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Evaluation of the Catalyst programme, Arts Council England

Assessing the impact of a £68 million scheme to help cultural organisations diversify their income streams.

Over three years, we have been assessing the impact of Arts Council England’s Catalyst scheme, which has provided arts organisations with support to improve their ability to fundraise.

The scheme has been used by arts organisations in different ways, such as match funding endowments, launching new campaigns and revising fundraising strategies, and investing in training and technology that makes fundraising easier.

We were evaluating how organisations have grown their fundraising capacity and revised their governance and organisational cultures, as well as looking at the ultimate financial impacts of the programme.