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Graeae Theatre

Graeae is a disabled-led theatre company of actors, writers and directors with physical and sensory impairments. It is the leading British company in its field, with a reputation for innovative work, built around the creative use of sign language and audio description. In fact, its Artistic Director was the creative force behind the London Paralympic opening ceremony!

In 2004, the trustees of Graeae first asked us to help develop their fundraising by conducting prospect research and developing an appeal strategy. In addition, we also carried out contact mapping, developed the case for support and written a range of funding bids.

Graeae’s main fundraising need was at first the completion of the capital appeal for its superb premises in Hackney, followed by revenue funding for new productions and training and education programmes. In all, our consultant Claire Greenhalgh has helped to raise over £1.9 million from charitable trusts and the Arts Council for this client.

Graeae recently received a grant of £325,000 over four years towards the Artist Development Programme, including the new Write to Play Project. This will support deaf and disabled writers and directors and provide training and support across the sector.

Our Director, Simon George, says: "This has been a great client to work for and, as well as raising a lot of money for Graeae, our consultant Claire has developed an excellent working relationship with the staff and trustees. This is a good example of how it is possible, over time - ten years in this case - to deliver tremendous value to a client by really understanding their needs and working closely with them to achieve results. Our contract with Graeae has been extended once again and we look forward to continuing to deliver results for them in the future."

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