We direct our 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.
We 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.
Our Open Grants scheme operates a rolling deadline; further information is in the guidance notes.
We are a small foundation and seek to keep our administrative costs to a minimum and concentrate our resources on grant giving. We cannot discuss prospective applications or give detailed pre-application advice. The best way for us to understand what you are looking to achieve with our 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.
We 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.
We welcome applications of up to £50k though the majority of grants we 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 details are in the guidance document (left-hand column above, or follow link). Potential applicants must download and read this document before making an application.