The Ragdoll Foundation announces grants awarded in 2021-22

1 Apr 2022

Main Grants

Larger awards to more established organisations to run innovative, high-quality arts engagement projects that put the voice and concerns of children and young people at the heart.

Bolton Lads and Girls Club was awarded £16,017 over 12 months to support RISE Beyond, a music and wellbeing project for young refugees and asylum seekers age 8-18 at the club’s music studio in Bolton. 

Cherwell Theatre Company (CTC) in Banbury was awarded £30,000 over 24 months to support Amplify, a new programme in three diverse settings to overcome the barriers faced by specific groups of young people in accessing CTC’s youth theatre offer, and to promote a more diverse and inclusive arts workforce.

Cornwall Museums Partnership was awarded £35,000 over 18 months to support The Museum of Carefree, amplifying the voices of care-experienced young people through art and heritage workshops, co-production of an exhibition, and podcasting their stories.

D-live! Theatre Company was awarded £10,000 over 12 months to support Extraction Stories, a literacy and theatre project in two secondary schools in Kent and Essex working with d/Deaf young people who use British Sign Language (BSL) as their main or preferred language.

Freedom Road Creative Arts in Hull was awarded £9,718 over 12 months to fund Legends: Celebrating Youth Creativity and Achievement, supporting young people to produce a book, podcast and website exploring how the arts, creativity, community, and friendship can turn situations around and lift aspirations.

Full House Theatre was awarded £18,051 over 15 months to support Apples and Lollipops: Creative Experiences for Traveller Children, a programme of creative experiences for children in Central Bedfordshire’s Gypsy, Roma, and Traveller communities.

Starting Point Community Learning Partnership in Stockport was awarded £21,584 to support Our Community Voices, a two-year journalism and arts project to engage young people and lead to a regular local publication.

Waterloo Community Theatre in London was awarded £8,970 over 24 months to develop The Realist from a podcast project started on Zoom during the pandemic into a face-to-face young people’s radio show in partnership with Morley Radio.

Wysing Arts Centre was awarded £26,000 over 24 months to develop a new creative council offering young people in rural Cambridgeshire sustained engagement with art, promoting equality of access, amplifying young voices, and encouraging creativity.

Young at Art was awarded £35,729 over 36 months to develop the YAA Collective, a new children’s forum to advise and support this key Belfast-based organisation.

Small Grants

For newer or smaller organisations to experiment and take risks: test different ways of working, pilot a new project, or conduct research to inform development of a larger piece work. Small grant projects last up to six months. This programme is now closed to new applicants.

Act On It was awarded £800 support Talk to Me, an online pilot with Time2Shine young people’s group in Cornwall, to encourage health professionals to communicate positively and directly with young people who have learning disabilities.

Act On It was awarded a second small grant of £900 to fund Inclusion, working with Time2Shine to build confidence in the young people through drama activities and to support Act On It to develop a more inclusive online theatre group.

Art and Soul Tribe in North Wales was awarded £1,500 to support the Youth Tribe Pilot Project, bringing together a group of peer mentors to co-produce an arts-based hangout for local young people.

Articulate Cultural Trust in Glasgow was awarded £1,495 to support The Pipe Factory in Lights, exploring digital projection and culminating in a showcase of artwork projected onto the side of The Pipe Factory.

Articulate Cultural Trust – project report

Chapter in Ellesmere Port was awarded £1,479 to pilot Five Ways to Wellbeing for Young People, creative workshops to introduce children and their parents or carers to practical ways to support mental health.

Civic Arts Centre and Theatre in Oswaldtwistle was awarded £1,500 to support Finding my Voice, a new theatre project for LGBTQ+ young people to explore identity and grow in confidence to become more visible in the local community.

ClearCompany was awarded £1,485 to pilot Give it a Go, participatory arts activities for children and young people from rural communities in Norfolk, in collaboration with local artists and craftworkers.

Culture Shift was awarded £1,500 to support Play in a Day, a theatre project to extend its current strand of creative interventions from adult carers to young carers, supported by the De La Warr Pavilion in East Sussex.

Cut Moose in Islington was awarded £1,480 to pilot Hilldrop Artistic Takeover, weekly workshops for young people aged 10-12 and 13–16 in a supportive and respectful environment.

Drama Express in Cornwall was awarded £750 to support a summer workshop programme to follow and develop the interests and skills of Drama Express members, young people with complex needs or disabilities.

Elevator Arts was awarded £1,500 to support Sound ON, a drama and arts project in partnership with South Essex Homes to engage young people living in temporary accommodation through weekly creative activities to improve mental health and wellbeing.

Embracing Arts in Canterbury was awarded £1,250 to research and test new arts-based PSHE workshops for SEND schools, exploring themes of  health and wellbeing, bullying, and e-safety through storytelling, music, and puppetry.

Evergreen Collective in Derby was awarded £1,500 to support My Eyes, My Lens, photography workshops for local young people of Pakistani heritage to capture their view of the world.

Family Hive in Toxteth, Liverpool, was awarded £1,500 to support New Beginnings, a programme of monthly arts workshops and events to rebuild and improve relationships with local families post-lockdown.

Filament Projects in Cheshire was awarded £1,500 for research and development of a new project, The Forgotten News Desk: conversations and creative workshops to explore children’s thoughts about their home town and writing as a means of self-expression.

HandMade Theatre in Nottingham was awarded £1,500 to support Wild Wellbeing, creative activities for children living in a refuge setting to express themselves through the arts and creative play.

House of Imagination in Bath was awarded £1,500 to research and develop the 2022 Forest of Imagination creative learning programme for schools and families.

James Cousins Company was awarded £1,500 to support the Wandsworth Participatory Dance Project during the Company’s 2021 residency at the Battersea Arts Centre, engaging children through weekly workshops leading to a celebratory final performance.

Music for Wellbeing in Wiltshire was awarded £1,500 to pilot the Sing and Breathe Academy with children who have asthma and their families, exploring experiences of living with asthma through music and creativity, and creating new arts resources to develop better breathing techniques.

Oi Musica in Edinburgh was awarded £1,500 to pilot Youth Leadership in Brass Blast, a new approach to working with the older members of the group, giving them a greater role in shaping and leading the activities on offer.

Preston Caribbean Carnival was awarded £1,500 to support A Taste of the Caribbean for Flakefleet, a day of workshops and performances by members of the Preston Caribbean Carnival at a local school, followed by a group visit to the 2022 Carnival.

Pride in North Cumbria (PiNC) was awarded £1,500 to support LGBTQ+ A History of Creative Voices, creative workshops exploring explore LGBTQ+ artists past and present.

Starlings in Devon was awarded £1,500 to support Starlings Research and Development, an organisational review of two years of creative interventions with children who have additional needs; assessing the effectiveness of Starlings’ delivery model, helping to shape future programming, and exploring sustainability.

The Gramophones Theatre Company in Nottingham was awarded £1,500 to support Super-Powering Girls, a post-show performance co-created with female participants to perform as superheroes and express how they would use their powers to make changes in the world.

The Incredible Plastic Street Band in Oldham was awarded £1,490 to support Our World, a post-Covid coming together project exploring the outdoor world and climate change, and linking to the 2021 COP26 conference in Glasgow.

The Play’s the Thing Theatre Company was awarded £1,500 to develop the Milton Keynes Creative Youth Board, including curating a summer showcase of performances, arts experiences, and mentoring support.

Tighnabruaich District Development Trust was awarded £1,010 to support Bringing Gaelic Home: storytelling, theatre arts and poetry interventions with children and young people 5-17 years old as part of a larger project to bring Gaelic back into the community.

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