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D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust

The Trust funds UK charities working for the advancement of the arts, health and medical welfare and environmental protection or improvement with grants of £500 to £5,000 (typically for one year). More specifically, this can include the following:

The Arts

  • Promotion of access, education and excellence in the arts for young people.
  • Access to the arts for the elderly and people who have least access to them.
  • Performance development opportunities.
  • Engagement with young people on the fringes of society through music and drama projects to improve their employability and diminish the risk of social exclusion.

Medical Welfare

  • Provision of music and art therapy to improve quality of life and in palliative care and in hospices.
  • Support for charities concerned with alleviating the suffering of adults and children with medical conditions who have difficulty finding support through traditional sources.
  • The welfare of those who care for others through the provision of breaks for carers without regular support.
  • Engagement with young people on the fringes of society to improve their employability and diminish the risk of social exclusion

The Environment

  • Conservation of the countryside and its woodlands.
  • Protection of species within the UK and their habitats under threat or in decline.
  • Heritage conservation within the UK based on value to and use by the local community.
  • Rural crafts and skills in heritage conservation.
  • Social and therapeutic horticulture.

The Trustees will consider applications for core costs or projects, and they also consider applications for matched funding.

Deadline: 14 October

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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.

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BlueSpark Foundation

BlueSpark provides funding for projects that aim to improve the education and development of children and young people by means of educational, cultural, sporting or other activities. Particular consideration is given to projects that they believe will help enhance the self-confidence, team working skills and future employability of children and young people.

BlueSpark provides funds for relatively small-scale projects which might not happen at all or would only happen on a smaller scale without their support. Funding provided by BlueSpark for any particular project must constitute a significant proportion of the costs of that project rather than being marginally incremental to its funding. If an organisation is able to raise part of the cost of a project itself, that will be a favourable factor in the assessment of a grant application, particularly where the application is for more than £2,000.

No deadline specified.

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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.

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