Plus1 funding helps drive business toward arts partnerships

CREATIVE Partnerships has announced the return of its Plus1 matched funding program, offering a pool of $1.75 million in matched funding to assist fund raising initiatives that drive business to support creative programs and the arts.

"Following the overwhelmingly positive response to last year’s pilot program, Plus1 will provide an incentive to attract new and increased donations to the arts sector," said Creative Partnerships CEO Fiona Menzies. "This program is open to participants Australia-wide." 

Plus1  is allocating up to $1.75 million in matched funding for development or fundraising campaigns that will assist arts organisations to attract new donors and grow stronger donor networks, Ms Menzies said.

Applications opened on September 24. Ms Menzies said program participants would be selected by an assessment panel by January 2015, and all participants would need to be ready to roll out their fundraising campaigns between February and late May 2015.

Project ideas could range from the implementation of an innovative fundraising strategy to attract new donors to a creative project designed to attract new private sector funding, or the investment in business systems to support long term development objectives.

Creative Partnerships has also announced its MATCH program will launch in early 2015.

"This program will leverage Creative Partnerships’ flagship platform, the Australia Cultural Fund (ACF), by matching funds raised via the ACF by artists and unincorporated arts groups," Ms Menzies said.

"Artists will receive matched funding capped at $2,000 per project, totalling $300,000 in matched funding," she said.

Creative Partnerships' national roadshow took place throughout September and there has been high interest in both the MATCH and the Plus1 programs.

Plus1's launch follows the success of Creative Partnerships’ 2013/14 Plus1 pilot program, which resulted in 76 projects receiving a total of $2,267,909 in matched funding, according to Creative Partnerships Australia.

For an overview of 2014/15 funding programs, click here.



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