The Building Resilience Programme, funded by Arts Council England.

This fund, awarded to four external organisations, aims to increase the resilience of up to 100 cultural organisations, providing learning, insight, expertise, skills development and resources that can be shared and used more widely to increase resilience across the sector. Starting in September 2017, each strand of the programme will work with up to 25 organisations, exploring, piloting and delivering different approaches to long-term sustainability.


Arts and Cultural Organisations that fall within the Arts Council remit including funded and unfunded organisations, Accredited (and provisionally Accredited) Museums, Local Authority Library services that are directly delivered or fully commissioned to a third party and Music Education Hubs are all invited to choose one of the strands to apply for. The strands are designed to provide different kinds of support and focus, so make sure you choose the strand best suited to your organisation.


Diversity and Entrepreneurship

This programme is grounded in a ‘learning by doing’ approach with participants having the opportunity to test and refine what they are learning within their own organisations. Supported through study sessions, project visits and tailored consultancy, participants will share and explore learning in innovation and entrepreneurial thinking, business modelling, diverse income streams, legal considerations in trading, creating diverse network and partnerships. This programme is for directors, executive and senior management staff of small-medium sized organisations, with an annual turnover of £75k – £1million, operating for a minimum of three years with at least two full time members of staff.


Boosting Resilience: Survival Skills for the New Normal

This programme will enable creative and curious arts leaders to work with world leading researchers, sectoral specialists and boundary breaking creative entrepreneurs to create a conceptually rigorous, practical and user centered programme to building resilience. Boosting Resilience will focus on developing organisations’ thinking on their creative assets, their existing and potential intellectual property and their abilities to maximise these through working with wider sectors, whilst anticipating and withstanding economic, social, environmental and technological change. This programme will welcome applications from artists and executive and board level staff from any sized arts and cultural organisations, that have been practicing or trading for at least 5 years.


Building Resilience: Fundraising and Revenue Diversification

This programme is designed to accelerate participating organisations’ revenue-generating capacity, with an emphasis on fundraising. Technical assistance will be provided in the areas of: long-term programme planning and development; programmatic and institutional marketing; board development; fundraising from individuals, trusts, foundations, and corporations; development of alternate earned revenues; memberships, fundraising events, and other revenue-generating mechanisms; and strategic planning. This programme is for organisations with an annual turnover of £100,000 or more; at least one full-time staff member; a board (or other volunteer governance body) and at least three years of consistent programming history.