Funding can provide a Catalyst for arts

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Two leading arts organisations in Lancaster have received a boost to their fundraising activity.

Live at LICA and The Dukes, together with Lancaster University’s Alumni and Development team, have been awarded £79,000 over two years by the Catalyst Arts scheme, backed by Arts Council England (ACE).

The money will enable both organisations to dramatically raise the level, scope and ambition of their fundraising activity and will feed into their business plans from 2015.

It will help them to capitalise on and share existing expertise as well as providing staff training, all with the aim of delivering a step change in the level of fundraising activity for both organisations.

Live at LICA director Matt Fenton said: “We’re delighted to be working with The Dukes and Lancaster University’s Alumni and Development team on this project.

“It will see both arts organisations develop a detailed understanding of fundraising and I hope this will help us to thrive, reach new audiences and make more great art happen here in Lancaster.”

The Dukes director Joe Sumsion added: “Partnership working is at the very heart of The Dukes ambition to become recognised as England’s leading small city producing theatre and cultural centre.

“Teaming up with Live at LICA and Lancaster University’s Alumni Development reflects our commitment to the process of sharing, learning and, ultimately, achieving lasting benefits for our audiences, community, city and Lancashire.”