The Foundation’s Open Grants programme provides funding for not-for-profit organisations, especially arts organisations, based in the UK that are working with children and young people using the arts and creative media.
This small grant-giving foundation offers a small amount of funding each year to support the cultural sector’s work with children and young people, specifically projects where the concerns of childhood can be heard.
The Open Grants Programme offers grants of up to £50,000 (though most are in the region of £5,000 to £20,000) for work that contributes to supporting the creation, appreciation and awareness of imaginative and innovative content, programmes and projects that reflect the world from a child’s point of view.
There is particular interest in projects that directly benefit children up to 10 years of age, although projects that extend the age group to 18 years of age will also be considered.
Priority will be given to innovative, arts-based projects that:
- Share the same values of imagination and creativity as the Ragdoll Foundation, in particular, projects which have a deep commitment to listening to children and allow the perceptions and feelings of children themselves to be better understood.
- Involve children during their early years (0-10 years old).
- Take place outside of London.
- Are of strategic value for the organisation.
- Include high quality evaluation and sharing of project outcomes.
- Have the potential to become models of good practice within the sector.
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. Match funding is required as the Foundation expects to fund between 30% to 80% of total project costs and would only fund 80% in exceptional circumstances.
Organisations that are not registered charities will need to provide a copy of their constitution showing charitable or social purpose.
There is a two-stage application process, with a rolling deadline.
Full details can be found on the Ragdoll Foundation’s website.