Applications open for arts and cultural fundraising mentoring scheme funded by Arts Council England

Applications open for arts and cultural fundraising mentoring scheme funded by Arts Council England

6 February 2019

Applications are now open for places on the Arts Council England funded mentoring scheme, which provides support for arts and cultural fundraisers.

Young Arts Fundraisers and the Institute of Fundraising Cultural Sector Network today opened a call for applications for the 2019-20 mentoring programme, funded by Arts Council England as part of the Institute of Fundraising’s RAISE: Arts, Culture & Heritage programme . Applicants from across England are encouraged to apply for either mentor or mentee roles.

The year-long mentoring scheme matches early career fundraisers with senior or director level development professionals from a wide range of organisations in the arts and cultural sector across England. The programme was founded to support long term financial resilience and sustainability in arts and cultural sector by equipping early-career and more seasoned arts and cultural fundraisers with appropriate skills and much-needed support networks in all regions of England.

The mentoring scheme returns after a successful two-year pilot run with funding for the next four years by Arts Council England as part of the RAISE: Arts, Culture & Heritage programme.

Mentor applications are open from 6 February 2019 and close on 1 March 2019. Mentee applications are open from 12 March 2019 and close on 3 April 2019. 

The application form and further information can be found at:

Leah Swain, Director, Mentoring and Professional Development, at Young Arts Fundraisers said:

Young Arts Fundraisers was founded to create an inclusive community providing training opportunities which early career fundraisers or their organisations couldn’t afford. The arts funding landscape in England means the next generation of fundraisers will need increased resilience, agility and commitment to deliver financial sustainability for arts, culture and heritage organisations. Arts Council England’s support for our mentoring scheme takes us one step forward.

Martin Kaufman, Chair of the Institute of Fundraising Cultural Sector Network, said:

Encouraging professional development and the sharing of fundraising is hugely important to the future of our workforce and our organisations. Our mentoring scheme has had a really positive impact on the cultural sector, and I’m delighted that Arts Council England’s support has made it possible to return this programme for a third year. I strongly encourage those in the cultural sector, across all arts and heritage organisations, to apply for a role in the mentoring scheme.

Information on the selection process:

Mentors and mentees will be shortlisted and matched by a panel including representatives from the Institute of Fundraising Cultural Sector Network, Young Arts Fundraisers and the RAISE programme. Selected mentors and mentees commit to meeting at least six times over the course of twelve months and receive ongoing support from Institute of Fundraising Cultural Sector Network, Young Arts Fundraisers and RAISE.

We welcome mentee applications from fundraisers in the first five years of their careers and/or up to manager level and mentor applications from senior development professionals with management experience working in arts and heritage or the wider fundraising sector. We encourage applications from senior fundraisers with management experience working from across England.

The Institute of Fundraising Cultural Sector Network and Young Arts Fundraisers actively welcome applications from a broad range of backgrounds and are committed to increasing diversity throughout the sector. Applications from individuals that self-identify as black, Asian or other minority ethnicity, and individuals working in small organisations will be prioritised.

Testimonial from an active mentee

Daniel Cooper, Development and Production Assistant at Park Theatre, said:

Go for it! This is the perfect opportunity to develop your fundraising acumen, get expert advice and broaden your professional network beyond the charity you work for. I can’t recommend it enough!


For further information please contact Rosario Bellolio, RAISE Programme Coordinator at

Notes to editors:  About Young Arts Fundraisers

Young Arts Fundraisers is a professional network for early-career fundraisers in the cultural sector. Young Arts Fundraiser’s vision is to connect cultural sector fundraisers from the earliest stage of their career, engage with and facilitate access to senior fundraisers and professional bodies and mentor early-career fundraisers to promote best practice and increase knowledge and skills transfer. More info:

About the Cultural Sector Network

The IoF Cultural Sector Network is a Special Interest Group run by a group of volunteers alongside the Institute of Fundraising, the professional membership body for UK fundraising. Their aim is to break down the silos separating arts and heritage fundraisers nationwide and develop a truly public understanding of the charitable case for supporting culture. More info:


RAISE: Arts, Culture & Heritage is the national rollout of the Institute of Fundraising Culture Sector Network, funded by the Arts Council England. The 4-year programme aims to support arts and cultural fundraisers based in England through peer to peer learning, bursaries opportunities, networking events and access to onward education.

Led by the Institute of Fundraising, RAISE was founded to support professional development across England, fly the flag for the charitable case for culture, empower arts and cultural sector fundraisers to achieve higher levels of fundraising practice, and to support the drive for greater inclusivity, diversity and representation within the sector. More info: