The Witham are delighted to announce their successful application for a Catalyst Small Grant from Arts Council England. These funds will ignite the campaign to fundraise for Barnard Castle’s vibrant arts centre, ensuring its viability and long-term future.
The Catalyst Small Grants programme supports organisations to build fundraising capacity to enable them to attract more private giving to arts and culture. Having secured the Catalyst grant of £30,000, The Witham will invest this in systems and training to support and develop staff, volunteers and the board to increase sustainability of the arts centre.
With over 12,500 tickets sold and a footfall of over twenty-two thousand in 2017 alone, The Witham has developed a strong reputation for a high quality artistic programme, with networking and partnerships in the sector, fulfilling an important civic role in Barnard Castle.
As Katy Taylor, The Witham’s CEO states:
‘We are delighted to have been successful in our bid for a Catalyst grant and thank Arts Council England for their support.
This funding will enable us to build on this reputation and to raise the funds required to continue to provide both visitors and our local community access to the arts centre into the future.
Over the coming months, we will be calling on individuals, groups and organisations to support The Witham with donations, sponsorship and patronage – we know The Witham attracts people to Barnard Castle, whilst providing enriching experiences for our local community as well. We are now at the stage where we can think more strategically in terms of long-term funding, to ensure that Barnard Castle has a vibrant arts centre for many years to come.’
The Witham board of Trustees are working closely with the staff team to reduce the arts centre’s financial risk and enable The Witham to become increasingly resilient.
Jane Tarr, Director North, Arts Council England said ‘The Witham’s artistic programme has been attracting visitors and local audiences for some years now. Our Catalyst funding will enable the Witham to develop its fundraising activity and encourage local private giving support to help the organisation plan for the future and to continue bringing people to Barnard Castle.’
The Witham is a registered charity dedicated to enabling cultural, community and commercial events and activities to take place in Barnard Castle for the benefit of residents and visitors.