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We’re looking for an arts fundraiser;


Job Summary

Seeking experienced arts fundraiser to support the general development and growth of 53two as a theatre, community hub and accessible space alongside project specific fundraising.


About 53two

53two are Manchester’s only independent, wheelchair accessible theatre within the city centre. Their aim is to continue to make theatre accessible for all and develop their infrastructure, reserves, assets and deliver a year-long programme of exciting new-writing.

Operating as a venue since 2016, their new venue, in the heart of the city, has grown into a community hub and safe-space for all who visit and their work is solely for new projects alongside comedy, screenings, seminars and more, all with access at it’s heart. They are also the only independent theatre in the city to house a Changing Places toilet. 

As well as ensuring our work is BSL interpreted, captioned, has relaxed performances and affordable ticket prices, we encourage every hirer to echo these principles. We also ensure that the theatre is for everyone regardless of socio-economic background, offering mentoring and reduced-price theatre hire for groups and individuals to strengthen their work where they might otherwise be unable to do so.

The role will focus on fundraising for: 

  • Capital Development; eco-lighting rig, retractable seating banks, audio description booth etc

  • Outreach; funding to continue to take our projects into schools, hospitals and community groups across Greater Manchester.

  • Workshops; funding to support project based workshops and creative learning sessions to run alongside our in-house theatre shows. 

  • Individual Project Funding; funding for larger scale shows, touring and in-house projects through ACE and other avenues.

The job will require: 

  • A knowledge of and proven success of capital fundraising in the arts field

  • A knowledge of and proven success of fundraising for charities

  • A familiarity or willingness to learn about the access requirements surrounding theatre, the arts and the buildings that house this

  • Experience of writing funding bids for core and project funding

  • Knowledge of the funding landscape of the arts

  • Experience of applying to trusts and foundations for arts and community projects with a history of proven success

  • Successful experience of applying to the Arts Council England (ACE)

  • An interest in new writing and innovative theatre

  • An ability to work independently and on remote platforms as well as in-person

Job responsibilities include: 

  • Co-creating rolling, 6-month funding plans for the charity, exploring funding avenues and following the core aims and principals of the charity

  • Liaise with the charity in exploring larger, longer term and future goals

  • Researching and identifying funding sources

  • Writing funding applications

  • Identifying regular funding pots for sustaining the charity

  • Collaborate on evaluation and reporting for any successful funding




Progress targets will be measured by the number of bids submitted, not by achieved income.


Job Overview

·       Job Title: Theatre Fundraiser

·       Salary: £30k pro rata

·       Hours: Part time (22.5 hours per week)

·       Artform: Theatre

·       Role: Fundraising

·       Contract: Initial 12 month contract with a view to extend

·       Closing date: 15/12/23

·       Location: Remote/Manchester

Please apply in a method that best suits you, either emailing CV and covering letter detailing your experience in this field or by sending a video or audio file talking through your experience via Wetransfer or video upload platform.


However you apply, it would be great if you could include a little about yourself and a bit about your experience of arts fundraising.

To upload a video, audio or other application, please send via Wetransfer or other file sharing platform, to

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