NI political policies and responsibilities for 2016

Northern Ireland’s sector body NICVA shares some quick tips from the ‘Manifesto Engagement Meetings’ it has held so far, on how groups can get their messages across to political parties and into manifestos for 2016 Assembly Elections. See ‘Getting your policies in party manifestos‘.

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Spending Review and the charity sector

Announcements from the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement and Spending Review of particular interest to those in voluntary organisations.

Also see our CharityBlog Storify.

Big Lottery

No raid of the funds allocated from the National Lottery to the Big Lottery Fund, which hands out a large number of small grants to local charities. See NCVO’s ‘Lottery cash threat’ news release from Saturday (21st November).

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Audience building in the arts

A new book about innovative audience-building strategies for arts organisations is a transatlantic production, commissioned by Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Cleveland Foundation.

It seeks to be a source of ideas and practical principles, not of rules, in developing new audiences. Case studies are of organisations funded by the 2 foundations – in the UK at least these are well-established bodies such as Royal Shakespeare Company and Baltic Centre For Contemporary Art.

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