Funding for Projects that Use the Arts and Media to Address the Concerns of Children (UK)

Not-for-profit organisations in the UK that are working with children and young people using the arts and creative media can apply for funding through the Ragdoll Foundation.  The Foundation’s vision is to support projects where the concerns of childhood can be heard.  A variety of art forms can be supported including dance, drama, ceramics, creative play, film, music, puppetry and storytelling.  Supported projects need to support equality of opportunity, can include families and take place in rural or urban settings and may be delivered, for example, in children’s and community centres, nurseries, schools and hospitals.

Funding is available through two programmes:

  • Main Grants Programme (formerly Open Grants Scheme) – Grants of up to £50,000 are available for new, larger or longer-term projects. Projects can last for up to three years. There is a two-stage application process.  Stage1 applications to the main grants programme are assessed on a rolling basis and can be submitted at any time.  Applicants successful at this stage will be invited to submit a stage 2 application.
  • Small Grants Programme. Organisations can apply for up to £1,500 for small, one-off projects, pilot projects, or research and development projects lasting up to 6 months. The next deadline for applications is the 8th January 2021.

Preference will be given to those projects which have a deep commitment to listening to children and allow the perceptions and feelings of children themselves to be better understood.  The Foundation is 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.

Whilst the Foundation will fund work in and around London, they will prioritise projects taking place elsewhere in the UK.

Examples of grants awarded include:

  • Dance in Devon, £20,550 over 2 years to deliver ‘All Aboard’, a new inclusive dance project for very young disabled and non-disabled children and their families.
  • Discover Story Centre, Stratford, £30,988 over 2 years to expand the scope and scale its work with children 0-3 years old by creating 8 original story productions.
  • The Paper Birds Theatre Company, £21,102 over 1 year to develop ‘In the Red’, a performing arts project for up to 60 young people, ages 11-18 to take place across SW England, in collaboration with 3 regional theatres.

The applications forms can be downloaded via the Ragdoll Foundation website. (Link below)

Useful Links:

Small Grants Guidance Notes

Main Grants Guidance Notes

Frequently Asked Questions

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