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).