0191 643 2626
admin@voda.org.uk

arts

Ragdoll Foundation – Open Grants Programme

The Ragdoll Foundation’s Open Grants Scheme supports the cultural sector’s work with children and young people – specifically projects where the concerns of childhood can be heard. Proposals are invited from organisations developing creative and innovative approaches to engage children and young people using the arts and creative media.

They are interested in projects that capture and develop the imagination of – and directly involve – children and allow their voices to be heard. Projects should place children and young people at the heart of the creative process.

In most cases, it is expected that the applicant will be an arts organisation, although the Foundation will consider applications from other organisations that intend to partner with arts organisations or work with artists within the project. Although particularly interested in projects that directly benefit children up to 10 years of age, they will also consider projects that extend the age group to 18 years of age. Applications will be considered for both one-off short-term projects and for projects lasting up to three years. With multi-year grants, the total amount of funding should not exceed £50,000 (majority likely to be £5,000 – £20,000).

No deadline.

Read more and apply here.

Read more

Marsh Christian Trust

The Trust focuses on providing funding which could help small organisations pay for various running costs, such as volunteer expenses, training days, equipment maintenance and other core outgoings.

The funding strategy is to provide long-term core funding for such costs, as they understand that many of the organisations we support depend on unrestricted income in order to meet their operating needs.

Grants are unrestricted and range from £250-£4,000, with new applications at the lower end of this scale.

Applications are considered on the basis of the organisation’s financial position, performance against charitable aims and objectives and the ratio of voluntary income against fundraising expenses

The Trust aims to build long-standing relationships with successful applicants and, subject to an annual review, continue its support over time.

Areas funded:

  • Literature, arts and heritage
  • Social welfare
  • Environmental causes and animal welfare
  • Education and training
  • Healthcare

Deadline: No deadline

Read more and apply here. 

Read more

Esmee Fairbairn Foundation – Main Fund Grants (UK)

The Foundation funds across five main sectors – Arts, Children and Young People, Environment, Food and Social Change. Across all funding they aim to unlock and enable potential, back the unorthodox and unfashionable, build collective networks and catalyse system change.

Grants last 1-5 years and support organisations’ core or project costs, including staff salaries and overheads. They do not fund building or equipment costs, or individuals. They make small grants of up to £60,000 for one-off projects, or for testing out new ideas and collaborations – they do not support general running costs at this scale.

The sectors:

  • Arts
  • Art with a social impact
  • Supporting emerging talent
  • Organisations at a pivotal point
  • Children and Young People
  • Improving support for disadvantaged children and young people
  • The rights of vulnerable children and young people
  • Addressing the root causes of low educational attainment and challenging behaviour
  • Empowering young leaders
  • Young people leaving care
  • Environment
  • Connecting people with nature and environment issues
  • Nature conservation on land and at sea
  • Countering the effects of damaging activity
  • Lesser known plants, animals and organisms
  • Social Change
  • Participation – marginalised and excluded individuals and groups
  • Place – revitalising community life
  • Injustice – systemic change around injustice and inequality
  • Food
  • Innovation in alternative approaches
  • Food and wellbeing
  • Working towards a more coherent food sector

No deadline.

Read more and apply here.

Read more

Helix Arts call for volunteers

Helix Arts is keen to connect with 15 enthusiastic volunteers in North Shields who would like to enjoy a taste of arts and cultural volunteering on their doorstep. Whatever your experience to date working with the community and voluntary sector, they are certain you’ll enjoy some fresh and new volunteering in arts settings – and your health and well being will get a boost too. This arts volunteering taster programme is supported by the Lloyds Bank Foundation. If you’d like to know more contact Helix Arts Associate Colette Harrison, or call 0191 241 4931.

Read more