Grants up to £50,000 available from Ragdoll Foundation Open Grant Scheme

Date published: 11/05/2017

Grants of up to £50,000  available. logo
Rolling programme.

Ragdoll Foundation Open Grant Scheme supports non profit organisations working with children and young people using arts and creative media. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 

The Foundation offers resources and funding through three strands:

  • Open Grants – supporting organisations working with children and young people using the arts and creative media;
  • Legacy supporting projects that continue the work and vision of Anne Wood, founder of the Foundation.;
  • Advocacy – supporting initiatives that support the voice of and rights of children and young people.

They only accept applications for funding through our Open Grants scheme. Periodically the Trustees may choose to make special grants outside of this scheme that aligns with the overall purpose and work of the Foundation. These are not open to application.

The Ragdoll Foundation’s Open Grants scheme has been designed to support the cultural sector’s work with children and young people. Our vision is to support projects where the concerns of childhood can be heard. All applications are expected to contribute to the Ragdoll Foundation’s primary purpose.

Open Grants scheme operates a rolling deadline, further information is in the guidance notes.

They are a small foundation and seek to keep their administrative costs to a minimum and concentrate their  resources on grant giving. They cannot discuss prospective applications or give detailed pre-application advice. The best way for them to understand what you are looking to achieve with their funding is to read your first stage application.

Preference will be given to innovative projects that share the same values of imagination and creativity as the Ragdoll Foundation. In particular, those projects which have a deep commitment to listening to children and allow the perceptions and feelings of children themselves to be better understood.

They are mainly interested in applications that involve children during their early years, but appropriate projects for older children (up to 18 years) will also be considered.

The Ragdoll Foundation welcome applications of up to £50k though the majority of grants they make are likely to be in the region of £5k to £20k. Applications will be considered for both one-off short-term projects and for projects lasting up to three years.

Further information  click here for their Guidance document which potential applicants are advised to download and read before making an application.



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