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Applause Rural Touring is one of four Kent based arts companies to be awarded investment from the Arts Council England Catalyst Small Grants Programme. This investment kick starts a new phase in fundraising and development for the organisation.

The Catalyst Fund was launched to support small to medium scale organisations to build fundraising capacity, enabling them to attract more private giving to arts and culture. Applause is a charity, working at the heart of local communities and with artists and performing companies to provide affordable, challenging and inspiring performances that can be enjoyed in familiar places.

As a charity Applause relies on income from a variety of different sources and this investment will support the launch of Giving It Large, Applause’s new giving programme, developed to attract private giving as well as funding from trusts and foundations and other charitable trusts. The award will allow investment in much needed fundraising systems, resources and training. Director of Applause Rural Touring, Dawn Badland said

“We are delighted to be one of the 117 arts organisations across the UK to receive Catalyst funding from the Arts Council. This funding means that we will be able to streamline and target our fundraising activity and invest in systems and training for our staff and trustees. Developing new strands of income is essential to support the ambitious and inspiring work we do with communities, and with artists, commissioning them to make, produce and tour exciting new work in Kent and Sussex. Ultimately it will help Applause become more sustainable and resilient in the future.”

With cuts to public funding, individual and private giving will be key to financial sustainability, and with the Catalyst funding supporting the development of Giving It Large, Applause Rural Touring is looking to the future, investing in development, systems and training, to support the organisation’s many strands of work and projects across the region.

“Applause performances act like a glue for our community” Mike Summersgill Applause Promoter

“I am proud to support Applause, I realise how important the work is in terms of reaching isolated communities and supporting artists to tour new work.” Jason Rolf, Amati Global Investors

By Jason Rolf 13 February 2018