The Ragdoll Foundation

Aims/priorities: Grants are available to support arts, cultural and youth-focused organisations working with children and young people in the UK through the arts, artists and creative media. The Foundation's primary purpose is to make grants for charitable purposes that:

  • Evidence the power of arts and creativity and their transformative power for children and young people.
  • Promote the development of children through their imaginative thinking.
  • Encourage innovative thinking and influence good practice elsewhere.
  • Ensure effective evaluation of projects to promote sharing and learning.
  • Above all demonstrate how concerns of children can be heard.

Open Grants are available to support organisations working with children and young people using the arts and creative media.

For the Main Grants Programme, applications are considered for both one-off short term projects and for projects lasting up to three years. Support is available for the costs an organisation incurs in delivering a particular time limited project. This could include research and development, piloting a new idea or developing the scope or scale of an existing project or previous pilot. A small contribution to core costs or existing staff posts specific to project delivery may be available. Applicants should demonstrate that the funding will make a considerable impact.

For the Small Grants Programme, applications are considered for innovative, small projects, pilots, or research and development to inform a new project or programme of work. This fund aims to support practitioners to take risks, push boundaries, invent, develop new methodologies and explorations. New and existing projects are eligible.

Who can apply? Not-for-profit organisations based in the UK are eligible to apply. Although most applicants will be an arts organisation, other organisations which intend to partner with arts organisations or work with artists within the project will be considered.

Grant amount: There are two strands to the Open Grants Scheme:

  • Main Grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 are available for projects lasting up to three years. Applications of up to £50,000 for multi-year projects from organisations with appropriate experience will be considered.
  • Small Grants of up to £1,500 are available.

Application process: There is a two-stage application process for the Main Grants Programme. The Small Grants Programme operates on a one stage application process with decisions up to five times a year. Guidance notes and an application form are available on The Ragdoll Foundation's website. Applications are only accepted by email.

Deadline: 07 May 2021

Contact information: Tel 01789 404100, Email

Website address: Grant Giving - Ragdoll Foundation

£1000.01 to £10,000
Charitable Company
Constituted Group
Partnerships and Consortiums
Registered Charity
Social Enterprise
Funding Theme: 
Children and Young People
Unpublish Date: 
Friday, 7 May, 2021