1st March 2017

The Ragdoll Foundation is delighted to announce that a selection of films from the What Makes Me Happy series will be screened at the Leeds Young Film Festival on 20 April 2017.

The 18th Leeds Young Film Festival takes place 10-20 April 2017, and will include over 50 films and events for young people aged up to 12 and their families. The Festival, part of Leeds City Council with support from the British Film Institute and Arts Council England, is now the largest family film event in the UK, welcoming over 11,000 young people and their families to watch, learn and play across the City.

What Makes Me Happy is a series of beautiful, captivating, short and fun films showing that even where lives are difficult children can still find happiness. Each film was made in its own country by working with local children. These are their own stories about what makes them happy, to be shared with children around the world.

What Makes Me Happy is part of a programme of work by The Ragdoll Foundation, an organisation dedicated to developing the power of imaginative response in children through the arts. At a time when awareness of cultural identity is more important than ever, these films offer the chance to be inspired by the strength and power of children who are living “against the odds”, and to share their cultures.

The screening will take place on Thursday 20th April, 6:00 pm at the Hyde Park Picture House in Leeds. Admission is free, and tickets can be obtained through the Festival website:


15th February 2016

Following a strategic review, The Ragdoll Foundation is pleased to announce today the opening of their New Open Grant Scheme designed to support the cultural sector’s work with children and young people.

The Foundation is dedicated to supporting the creation, appreciation and awareness of imaginative and innovative content that reflects the world from a child’s point of view through a combination of grant giving and special initiatives.

All applications are expected to contribute to the Foundation’s primary purpose of making grants for charitable purposes and preference will be given to innovative projects that share the same values of imagination and creativity as the Ragdoll Foundation and in particular, those projects which have a deep commitment to listening to children and allow the perceptions and feelings of children themselves to be heard.

For further information and guidance including details of the application criteria, terms and conditions, the online application form and for information on what the Foundation will not fund, please see the Grant Giving section of this website.

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis, but funding decisions will be taken three times a year in February, June and October.

All successful grantees are required to report in writing to the Ragdoll Foundation on the progress and outcomes or achievements of the work to assess the overall impact of the funding , its contribution to the Foundation’s primary purpose and identify possible case studies that will be profiled on the Foundation’s website.