Funding for organisations working with children and young people through the arts


About the Fund

Area: The UK.

Suitable for: Not-for-profit organisations doing work that is legally charitable.

Funding size: Main grants – up to £50,000. Small grants – up to £1,500.

Application deadline: Main grants – March, July and November. Small grants – regularly throughout the year.

The Ragdoll Foundation supports the cultural sector’s work with children and young people – up to 18 years of age (up to 25 years, if SEND). “Our vision is to support high quality, innovative arts engagement projects where the concerns of childhood can be heard.”

Their Small Grants Programme funds: 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.

The Main Grants Programme funds: 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 £5,000 to £20,000, however they will accept applications of up to £50,000 for multi-year projects from organisations with appropriate experience.

The Foundation gives priority to innovative, arts-based projects that:

  • Share the same values of imagination and creativity as the Ragdoll Foundation, in particular, projects which have a deep commitment to listening to children and young people and allow their perceptions and feelings to be better understood
  • Take place outside of London
  • Are of strategic value for the organisation
  • Have the potential to share learning within the sector
  • Have the potential to become models of good practice within the sector

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About the Author:

Keir is a project officer based in Semble's Bristol office. Most of his time is spent on two of our movement campaigns, Outdoor Classroom Day and Backyard Nature. One of Keir’s main interests is food equality and outside of Semble he runs a small community food waste project.