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The Hive in Shrewsbury is successful in securing £92,185 from Arts Council England

The Hive, a registered charity and a town centre arts & creative venue is celebrating its success in securing £92,185 from Arts Council England after applying for their new Catalyst Evolve funding programme.

Catalyst Evolve is a new initiative that aims to support arts and creative organisations with a limited track record in fundraising to attract more private giving.

The CEO of the Hive Salla Virman says: “We are over the moon after hearing the news. This fund will give us a great opportunity to develop our charity so that we can do more great work with children & young people to improve their life chances, as well as ensure that people in Shropshire and beyond can access great art & culture in the future. We want to add to the wellbeing of communities and make Shropshire a more vibrant place to live.

The Evolve fund will help organisations develop successful and sustainable fundraising models by investing in their capacity. Money raised will be matched by the fund over a period of three years. It is expected that organisations will continue to generate new money for the sector beyond the end of the grant programme.

Salla Virman continues: “The fund will also give us an opportunity to match every £1 we raise, which is a great incentive. We hope that both individuals and local businesses will be inspired to support us to help us to hit our target so we can help more children & young people and provide great creative experiences for everyone.

Current funding climate is getting more and more difficult so we are really pleased to have an extra boost to help us with our fundraising efforts”

The Hive is one of 24 organisations in the West Midlands to be successful in its application to the Catalyst Evolve.

Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England, said: "Across the Midlands, arts and cultural organisations are working hard to secure alternative sources of income, which is why we launched our Catalyst Evolve programme to help support and develop long-term fundraising plans. Over the coming years, I'm looking forward to seeing how our match funding can make a real impact locally, delivering greater returns and helping our region's world-class arts and culture continue to thrive."

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