The Ragdoll Foundation
Open Grants Scheme

Grants Awarded 2018-19

Organisation Achievement Bute
Amount awarded £35,474 over 3 years
Date awarded February 2019
Project location Isle of Bute
Participants Children and young people 5 to 12 years, some with disabilities that make it challenging to access arts activities
Artform Performing Arts
Project Jumping off the Stage

A three-year project to enable children to devise their own drama and multi-media performances in different locations on Bute with support from experienced arts practitioners.

What the Ragdoll Foundation trustees said about this project This well-planned, innovative project will engage children with and without disabilities living on the Isle of Bute in high quality, innovative arts activities. The partnership with Rothesay Pavilion will help to anchor the project and build legacy.
Website http://www.achievementbute.org.uk
Organisation Artichoke Trust
Amount awarded £7,300 over 10 months
Date awarded February 2019
Project location County Durham
Participants Local young people 15-18 years old who attend the Creative Industry programme at East Durham College
Artform Digital Media
Project Lift Off

A new project for young people in Peterlee linking both to the 50th birthday of the Apollo Pavilion in Peterlee and the 2019 Lumiere Festival in Durham.

What the Ragdoll Foundation trustees said about this project This strong project combines participation in a high profile arts festival with creative learning and skills transfer. Reaching out to young people in disadvantaged circumstances will ultimately encourage greater diversity in the creative industries.
Website www.lumiere-festival.com
Organisation Dance in Devon
Amount awarded £28,950 over 2 years
Date awarded February 2019
Project location Devon and Torbay
Participants Children and young people 10-18 years old with a range of learning disabilities
Artform Dance
Project The Elbow Room

A new project to create opportunities for expression, peer support, social skill development and physical play for disabled and challenged young people undergoing transitions, especially in and between schools.

What the Ragdoll Foundation trustees said about this project A well-devised project and well-written application. The trustees hope that Ragdoll Foundation funding will help to lever additional financial support for Dance in Devon’s high quality work.
Website https://danceindevon.org.uk
Organisation Home-Start Knowsley
Amount awarded £8,000 over 8 months
Date awarded June 2018
Project location Knowsley
Participants Children 5-11 years old living in the local area
Artform Performing Arts
Project Family Drama Workshop Programme

A pilot programme of family drama workshops to inspire children, develop their imaginative thinking, and strengthen relationships within the family unit.

What the Ragdoll Foundation trustees said about this project This project was set apart from other holiday arts projects through its articulation of context and need, and the fact that the young people will work with an experienced theatre company. The project has the potential to support strategic change for participants by creating social capital, building a sense of belonging, strengthening family life and raising aspirations.
Website http://homestartknowsley.org.uk
Organisation Imaginarium Theatre UK
Amount awarded £8,720
Date awarded June 2018
Project location Knowsley
Participants Young people 12-18 years old living in the local area
Artform Theatre
Project Knowsley Youth Theatre

A new youth theatre for 12-18 year olds in Knowsley Borough, targeting areas of low arts engagement.

What the Ragdoll Foundation trustees said about this project A well- thought out application that delivers high quality engagement and value for money. It is hoped that Ragdoll Foundation support will help the group to establish itself and attract ongoing funding from other sources for future projects.
Website https://www.imaginariumtheatre.co.uk
Organisation Kinship Care NI
Amount awarded £4,075 over 9 months
Date awarded June 2018
Project location Derry / Londonderry
Participants Children 3-11 years old living in ‘kinship care’ – being looked after by a family member other than a parent
Artform Mixed Arts
Project Me and My Family

A programme of arts activities and interventions to support children living in kinship care to express feelings and come to terms with earlier, often traumatic, life experiences.

What the Ragdoll Foundation trustees said about this project A well-written application and well-developed project that will reach vulnerable children in extreme need. A relatively low amount of investment has the potential to deliver high impact.
Website https://kinshipcareni.com
Organisation Make a Move
Amount awarded £7,020 over 12 months
Date awarded October 2018
Project location Schools in Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset
Participants Children 7-11 years old who are not able to access arts activities due to complex needs
Artform Dance
Project Make a Move for Children

A dance project to cultivate the learning independence and attainment of primary school pupils across South Bristol and northeast Somerset through music, movement and dance, as well as talking therapy.

What the Ragdoll Foundation trustees said about this project This project develops Make A Move’s work in a new and strategic way. Working with current partner schools should help it to establish the new work quickly and focus on engaging children who are not currently participating in dance activities.
Website https://www.makeamove.org.uk
Organisation New Vic Theatre
Amount awarded £7,514 over 2 years
Date awarded October 2018
Project location New Vic Theatre
Participants Children and young people 5-15 years old who have recently experienced bereavement
Artform Performing Arts
Project Tale Trail: Wind in the Willows & Prince and the Pauper

A pilot project in partnership with two local hospices to explore whether and how drama interventions can support young children to come to terms with recent bereavement.

What the Ragdoll Foundation trustees said about this project The New Vic has a strong track-record of developing high quality projects for children and young people. This project explores whether theatre interventions can have a positive, healing influence on children experiencing bereavement, and has the potential to become a model of good practice in this area.
Website http://www.newvictheatre.org.uk
Organisation OperaUpClose
Amount awarded £13,350 over 9 months
Date awarded October 2018
Project location Gallions School in Newham, London
Participants Children 3-5 years old living in the local area
Artform Opera
Project Early Years Opera Development Programme: Peace At Last

A new opera created by and for 3-5 year olds based on Jill Murphy’s popular book, to be developed through a series of workshops with children from Gallions Primary School in Newham.

What the Ragdoll Foundation trustees said about this project Ragdoll Foundation support means that this new work will be developed in close consultation with and active participation by young children. Music Hub involvement is strong and adds value and reach to the project.
Website https://www.operaupclose.com
Organisation PaddleBoat Theatre Company CIC
Amount awarded £25,217 over 6 months
Date awarded June 2018
Project location Exeter Schools and Northcott Theatre
Participants Children and young people 7-16 years old from 5 Exeter schools in the same locality: primary, secondary, specialist school for children with visual impairments, Exeter Deaf Academy, and a school for children with complex needs
Artform Theatre
Project Hansel and Gretel

A new multi-schools project to develop an inclusive, interactive production for children aged 3-6 and their families, in partnership with the Northcott Theatre. Workshops with 5 diverse schools informed development of the new play and participants also created their own performances to share with each other at a showcase event at the theatre.

What the Ragdoll Foundation trustees said about this project PaddleBoat has a wonderful energy and drive, and this application also demonstrated high artistic and engagement values throughout. The engagement methodology is sound and the child-led voice convincing. Although relatively expensive for a shorter project, in this case the risk was worth taking because of the potential impact and benefits.
Website https://www.paddleboattheatre.co.uk
Organisation Philharmonia Orchestra
Amount awarded £10,000 over 12 months
Date awarded February 2019
Project location Leicestershire and Leicester City
Participants Young musicians 10-15 years old
Artform Instrumental Music
Project Young Fellowship Programme

A new programme for talented Black and Minority Ethnic children and young people in Leicestershire that focuses on the transition points where young people are likely to give up playing an instrument.

What the Ragdoll Foundation trustees said about this project This project focuses on skills transfer and has real potential to sow seeds of change within the UK orchestra sector. Strongly developed local links will support launching the project and sustainability.
Website https://www.philharmonia.co.uk/education
Organisation Restoke CIC
Amount awarded £12,940 over 2 years
Date awarded June 2018
Project location Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent
Participants Children 5-11 years old living in the local area
Artform Dance
Project Restoke Small Folk

A new children’s dance company for 5-11 year-olds in Stoke-on-Trent, focusing on creative, child-led dance supported by professional dance artists as well as artists working in other disciplines.

What the Ragdoll Foundation trustees said about this project This project is well-structured, well-thought-out and strategic. The Potteries is an area with significant economic and social needs and this project will deliver high quality arts engagement and participation, with the potential to feed into Restoke’s ambitious youth programme due to begin in 2020.
Website https://www.restoke.org.uk/youth
Organisation Soundart Radio
Amount awarded £17,370 over 2 years
Date awarded October 2018
Project location Soundart Studio and Totnes Schools
Participants Local children 4-6 years old
Artform Radio
Project Every Child has a Voice

An ambitious project that supports Soundart’s vision that every child in Totnes should have the opportunity to participate in community radio throughout their childhood. This project introduces broadcasting to children in reception year through fun and creative workshops, followed by a visit to Soundart’s studio to broadcast their work.

What the Ragdoll Foundation trustees said about this project This is the strongest proposal the Ragdoll Foundation has received to date in broadcast media – a highly creative project working with very young children.
Website http://www.soundartradio.org.uk/services/projects/every-child-has-a-voice/
Organisation Southend Choirs
Amount awarded £5,000 over 3 years
Date awarded June 2018
Project location Southend-on-Sea
Participants Local children 3-6 years old
Artform Song, Choral Music
Project Little Singers

A new weekly choir for children 3-6 years old and their parents or carers to encourage and develop creative imagination, musical skills and enjoyment from an early age, and to support adults to enjoy music with younger children.

What the Ragdoll Foundation trustees said about this project This project delivers high quality choral engagement that is a strategic next step for the organisation. It also represents excellent value for money.
Website https://www.southendchoirs.org.uk/index.php
Organisation Southwark Playhouse
Amount awarded £5,400 over 3 months
Date awarded October 2018
Project location In schools and at Southwark Playhouse
Participants Local children in key stage two living in Elephant & Castle, South London
Artform Theatre, Playwriting
Project Future Voices

A term of writing workshops led by professional playwrights for key stage two children from schools in neighbouring Elephant and Castle, South London. The project developed language and creative writing skills and culminated in the pupils’ work being performed by actors on stage at Southwark Playhouse.

What the Ragdoll Foundation trustees said about this project This project will engage local schoolchildren with playwriting and the theatre. It has strong potential to develop a model of good practice within the sector.
Website https://southwarkplayhouse.co.uk
Organisation The Turnpike
Amount awarded £20,000 over 2 years
Date awarded February 2019
Project location The Turnpike, Leigh
Participants Children and young people 6-18 years old living in the local area.
Artform Combined Arts
Project 2020 Vision

To support 2020 Vision, a broad programme of participatory arts activity for children and young people leading to a range of artistic outcomes in the year 2020.

What the Ragdoll Foundation trustees said about this project This application was well-developed and closely matched Ragdoll Foundation priority areas. The themes are tight enough to create links between the final art pieces but broad enough that each group of young people will be able to steer their project, ensuring that their voices are heard and the themes developed in ways appropriate to the group.
Website https://www.theturnpike.org.uk
Organisation Whippet Up CIC
Amount awarded £14,188 over 12 months
Date awarded October 2018
Project location Saltburn Valley Gardens
Participants Young children up to 5 years old and their families living in Saltburn, Redcar and Cleveland
Artform Mixed Visual Arts
Project Woodland Wonders

A new outdoor arts project in which pre-school age children, their parents or carers and artists create new artworks, environments and exhibitions in and around the Saltburn Valley Woodlands Centre.

What the Ragdoll Foundation trustees said about this project This project has elements of risk (a new CIC without an established track-record) however we are convinced by the grassroots, asset-based community development approach, and the compelling need for good quality arts engagement activities in the Redcar and Cleveland area.
Website https://whippetup.wixsite.com/oursite/woodland-wonders