Grant Giving

The Ragdoll Foundation directs its resources and funding through three strands:

  • Open Grants Scheme: Small and Main Grants – supporting arts, cultural and youth-focused organisations working with children and young people through the arts, artists 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 accept applications for funding through the Open Grants Scheme only. Periodically the Trustees may choose to make special grants that align with the overall purpose and work of the Foundation, however these are not open to application.

Open Grant Scheme

The Ragdoll Foundation’s Open Grants Scheme supports the cultural sector’s work with children and young people. Our vision is to support high quality, innovative arts engagement projects where the concerns of childhood can be heard. All applications are expected to contribute to the Ragdoll Foundation’s primary purpose.  There are two strands: Small Grants and Main Grants.

Open Grants – Small Grants Programme: Innovative, arts-based small projects, pilots, or research & development to inform a new project or programme of work. Applications for up to £1,500 can be made and there are five deadlines per year.

Open Grants – Main Grants Programme: Larger or longer-term new projects, or proposals that significantly develop the scope or scale of an existing programme, project or pilot. The majority of Main Grants awarded are in the region of £5k to £20k, however we accept applications of up to £50k for multi-year projects from organisations with appropriate experience.

Full details of our priority areas, eligibility criteria, timescale, and how to apply are in the guidance documents in the left-hand column above.  Potential applicants must download and read either the Small Grants or Main Grants notes before making an application.  We suggest that you also visit our FAQ and Grants Awarded pages to understand more about the kinds of projects we support. Please also note that the application form cannot be filled in online: you must download and save it to a laptop or desktop, then complete, save, and send.

We are a small foundation and seek to keep administrative costs to a minimum in order to focus our resources on grant giving.  We are not able to discuss prospective applications or to give detailed pre-application advice. The best way for us to understand what you are aiming to achieve with our funding is for us to read your application.