The objects of the Foundation are to promote the arts, culture and heritage for the public benefit. As well as providing Musical Theatre scholarships and supporting projects through The Architectural Heritage Fund, the Trustees welcome applications to support projects in the areas of culture, heritage and the arts.
The Foundation believes that in order to maintain vibrancy in the arts, it is critical that the new generation of potential artists are nurtured and encouraged. Recognising that these are difficult economic times to get a start in life, the Trustees will prioritise projects that enable people to develop their abilities and careers, by providing professional training, apprenticeships and work place experience in all areas of the arts, from stone masonry to stage electricians.
The Trustees will always consider funding within the following funding principles.
The overarching principle that will guide the trustees in making funding decisions will be a desire to make:
“Awards to projects that make a real and ongoing difference to people’s lives”
Priority will be given to the areas of performing arts (music, dance and drama) but other areas will be considered.
Breaking down the overarching principle, the trustees will have regard to the following guidance.
Real – means an appreciable and significant difference. Two examples would be:
- Something that affects one person’s life to a great extent, possibly leading to a significantly improved probability that the person will be involved in the Arts on an ongoing basis (e.g. by having a career in the Arts)
- Something that affects many people’s lives, e.g. through improved access to the Arts
The beneficiaries of such “real differences” could be either the performers or those enjoying the Arts (or both!).
Difference – Implies that the funding award contributes to something that wouldn’t otherwise happen, without the making of such awards. This might (but needn’t necessarily) include the overcoming of special difficulties/obstacles.
An already well-funded commercial organisation would be unlikely to satisfy this test.
Ongoing – Something that is going to have a long term benefit and an ongoing effect on people’s lives, rather than an effect that is ephemeral.
To be considered to be ongoing it must also be demonstrated that the project is properly funded. Total funds required for the whole project must be ascertainable and the sources of finance must be realistically appraised. The funding plan must cover the life of the project that is to be considered as “ongoing”. Note that projects with a proven track record, undertaken by organisations with a similarly proven track record are more likely to be able to satisfy this criterion. We are unlikely to fund projects without a proven track record or viable funding plan.
1. An application for funding to enable the staging of a single performance or short run of performances by existing artists. This is unlikely to satisfy the “ongoing” benefit test.
2. An application to contribute funds to an organisation that has good commercial sponsorship opportunities. This is unlikely to meet the “difference” test as the project would (or could) otherwise happen (just with funds that may be alternatively raised).
3. An application is made for funding to provide professional tuition for a year long program giving disadvantaged persons (e.g. children from disadvantaged backgrounds) a chance to develop skills relevant to a career in the Arts. This would seem to satisfy all criteria:
Real – The difference is material, as a year long program will almost certainly change the lives of some or all of the persons attending the course. (It is accepted that much shorter periods of interaction may also satisfy this test).
Difference – The need to overcome the obstacles faced by such disadvantaged persons means that this opportunity might not otherwise be available to them.
Ongoing – The benefit will be ongoing if any of the individual beneficiaries concerned continue their involvement in the Arts on an ongoing basis (which is considered likely). The project will be properly funded if it is considered highly likely that all funds required for the duration of the project (1 year in this case) will be obtainable. This may be evidenced by either a proven track record of raising the annual fees required or by a well thought through strategy for fundraising.
In summary, the trustees will have regard to the following criteria when reviewing your application:-
- The project will fulfil the Foundation's charitable objectives.
- The extent to which the project will make a difference to people's lives.
- The organisation applying for funds can be validated.
- It can be demonstrated that the project is viable and sustainable.
- The project's aim is to provide an ongoing benefit.
- The project has a creditable history of being successful in its objectives.
- The project is well managed.
- The quality of the activity in relation to the arts, culture and / or heritage.
- The budget plan provided shows a realistic outcome.
- The project is taking place in the UK and is primarily for the benefit of the UK public.
- The project provides professional tuition or education.
The trustees are unlikely to support projects that:-
- Are for a pilot project.
- Are for a one off event, such as an arts festival or production of a play.
- Ultimately profit a commerical organisation.
- Are for the building of a new venue where other funding has not been obtained.
- Are for the funding of a theatrical tour.
- Are from an individual.
1. The Foundation does not award scholarship funding to individuals.
2. Applications for heritage projects are referred to The Architectural Heritage Fund.