The New Carnival Company CIC is today celebrating a major new grant funding success in a consortium bid with three mainland carnival partners – the UK Centre for Carnival Arts, the Carnival Arts and Masquerade Foundation (Notting Hill Carnival) and St Pauls Carnival in Bristol.
The scheme ‘Catalyst Arts: building fundraising capacity’ has awarded the consortium £140,000 over the next two years to move their fundraising and development expertise on to the next level.
The £7 million scheme is part of the wider Catalyst fund to boost philanthropy by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). Catalyst is designed to help organisations with little or no experience of fundraising to work in partnership to identify and develop new ways of raising private income.
On a national scale the Catalyst Arts scheme announced today will make 62 grants which will benefit 218 different arts organisations. The New Carnival Company is the only arts organisation on the Island to benefit from this scheme.
Chris Slann, Executive Director of The New Carnival Company told Island Echo: “Carnival, as an art form, is often perceived as a voluntary, amateur-led activity and not valued on a par with other professional arts such as theatre or ballet. This grant will allow The New Carnival Company to work with other national leaders to create a better appreciation of our high quality work and through this attract new and varied sponsors”
Jo Treagus, Chair of The New Carnival Company added: “We are really looking forward to working closely with our mainland partners and firmly believe that this project will substantially and positively impact on the whole carnival scene on the Island”.