The Ragdoll Foundation announces Open Grants awarded in 2018-19

1 Apr 2019

Achievement Bute was awarded £35,474 over 36 months to develop Jumping off the Stage, enabling  children with and without disabilities to devise their own drama and multi-media performances in various locations on Bute supported by experienced arts practitioners.

Artichoke Trust was awarded £7,300 over 10 months to deliver Lift Off, a new project for young people in Peterlee linking to the 50th birthday of the Apollo Pavilion and the 2019 Lumiere Festival in Durham.

Dance in Devon was awarded £28,950 over 24 months to support The Elbow Room, a series of creative opportunities for self-expression, peer support, social skill development, and physical play for young people with disabilities undergoing transitions in and between schools.

Home-Start Knowsley was awarded £8,000 over eight months to support  the Family Drama Workshop Programme to inspire children, develop their imaginative thinking, and strengthen relationships within the family unit.

Imaginarium Theatre (formerly MATE Productions) was awarded £8,720 over 12 months to launch a new youth theatre for 12-18 year olds in Knowsley Borough, targeting areas of low engagement and deprivation.

Kinship Care Northern Ireland was awarded £4,075 over nine months to deliver Me & My Family, a programme of arts activities and interventions for around 26 children living in ‘kinship care’ to express their feelings and come to terms with earlier, often traumatic, life experiences.

Make a Move was awarded £7,020 over 12 months to pilot Make a Move for Children, a new project to support learning, independence, and attainment amongst primary school pupils across South Bristol and NE Somerset through music, movement, and dance.

New Vic Theatre in North Staffordshire was awarded £7,514 over 24 months to pilot a workshop programme in partnership with two local hospices exploring whether and how drama interventions can support young children experiencing recent bereavement.

OperaUpClose was awarded £13,350 over nine months to support their Early Years Opera Development Programme, working with children 3-5 years old from  Gallions Primary School in Newham, London, to create a touring opera based on Jill Murphy’s classic storybook, Peace at Last.

PaddleBoat Theatre Company was awarded £25,217 over six months to work with local children and young people in a new multi-school project to develop an inclusive, interactive production of ‘Hansel and Gretel’ for children aged 3-6 and their families.

Philharmonia Orchestra was awarded £10,000 over 12 months to launch the Young Fellowship Programme for talented young musicians living in areas of social or economic disadvantage in Leicestershire, to encourage them to keep playing their instrument at key school transition points where young people are likely to give up

Restoke in Stoke-on-Trent was awarded £12,940 over 24 months to create and deliver Restoke Small Folk, a new children’s dance company for 5-11 year-olds, focusing on creative, child-led dance supported by professional dance artists.

Soundart Radio in Totnes was awarded £17, 370 over 24 months to support Every Child has a Voice, exploring Soundart’s vision that every child in Totnes should have the opportunity to participate in community radio throughout their childhood, by introducing broadcasting to children in reception year through fun and creative workshops, followed by a visit to Soundart’s studio to broadcast their work.

Southend Choirs was awarded £5,000 over 36 months to launch Little Singers, a new choir for children aged 3-6 and their carers to encourage and develop creative imagination, musical skills, and enjoyment.

Southwark Playhouse in South London was awarded £5,400 over three months to fund Future Voices, a term of writing workshops led by professional playwrights for Key Stage 2 children from schools in neighbouring Elephant and Castle.

The Turnpike Gallery in Leigh was awarded £20,000 over 20 months 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.

Whippet Up in Cleveland was awarded £14,188 over 12 months to develop Woodland Wonders, an outdoor arts project for pre-school age children and their parents or carers to engage with artists and create new artworks, environments, installations, and exhibitions in and around the Saltburn Valley Woodlands Centre.

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