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Fundraising Strategies

An excellent project can become derailed very quickly if the required funding is not in place at the right time. Tricolor have an experienced fundraising team who can design and deliver effective fundraising strategies, ensuring your project has the right funding in place at the right time.

Match funding is becoming ever more important for large grant funders, and inexperience with this process can put your grant funds at risk. We understand the funding programmes of the major project funders and can design and deliver fundraising strategies to work alongside them. Don’t put your project at risk – call Tricolor for more advice on a fundraising strategy.

Tricolor were appointed by Hull Culture and Leisure (HCAL) in August 2020 to support a Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) bid to Arts Council England (ACE) to help address the impact of the pandemic on the HCAL theatres. In just eight days we immersed ourselves in the operations of Hull New Theatre and City Hall then worked to forensically and intensively develop a robust and compelling bid to go to ACE. Lockdown exacerbated the challenge as all the HCAL teams were working remotely but we devised a detailed, creative project plan which, through detailed consultation and robust methodologies, identified all the key information required to inform the recovery plan for which funding was sought, and to complete the application.

We helped the HCAL team navigate their way through unfamiliar CRF funding guidance and identify what would not just satisfy but also captivate the funder. We mentored the HCAL team through the development of a recovery plan for their service by keeping the focus on funder priorities while taking positive steps to pilot and trial new approaches in preparation for reopening.

The application to ACE secured £1.6m in late 2020 and helped to save the service in the short term and provide much-needed breathing space for recovery and planning for reopening.

Our experience enables us to take on commissions of this type at short notice and to seamlessly become a vital extension of client teams and provide essential capacity. Tricolor had already undertaken a great deal of work in Hull with the Guildhall Time Ball and Hull:Yorkshire’s Maritime City projects and we pleased to help to continue to support culture for the city and people of Hull.

Hull Theatre

The Reclaiming the Wilderness project aimed to restore and make publicly accessible the Wilderness Garden in Croydon, originally created by Reverend Wilks, a prominent horticulturist in the 19th and early 20th Centuries. The garden, owned and managed by MHA, adjoins the care home Hall Grange and one of the main objectives was to establish the space, a haven for urban nature, as a recreational and therapeutic space for residents, including those living with dementia, and local people. Tricolor provided, amongst other services, the fundraising strategies necessary to get the project through both rounds of NLHF funding applications to secure £644,000 in funding.

A poppy from the Wilderness Project

As part of an NLHF-funded resilience review, Tricolor undertook a full organisational audit of the Heugh Battery Museum in Hartlepool. This remarkable site with its associated museum was a coastal defence gun battery that was attacked by and engaged with German naval forces during the First World War. As such it is considered to be the only First World War battle site in Britain.

Our work included a skills audit of the Board and identification of opportunities in the museum’s governance and operation to improve its long term sustainability whilst making use of limited resources.

Heugh Battery Museum

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