Foyle Foundation Main Grants Scheme

The Foundation aims to benefit charitable causes in either the arts or learning:

  • Arts – This strand is designed to improve the sustainability of the arts and support groups which work to achieve this. Generally, funding is for specific projects/activities that offer long-term benefit and sustainability.
  • Learning – This strand is designed to support projects that facilitate the acquisition of knowledge such as through increased access to places of learning (eg museums and libraries) and which have a long-term strategic impact.

The majority of grants will be in the range of £10,000 to £50,000 for revenue projects, with some larger grants possible depending upon need and purpose.

Applicants requesting funding of £75,000 or more for a building project should fill in the enquiry form on the Foundation’s website in the first instance. The Foundation will only consider these twice a year.

Organisations and projects that provide direct benefits and services to the general public (rather than special interest groups) will be favoured. The Foundation will support projects/initiatives where applicants work in partnership on joint projects with other similar organisations. In such cases a lead organisation, to which any grant will be made, must be identified.

(NB Smaller arts or learning charites with a turnover under £150,000 per annum may be more suitable for consideration under the Foundation’s Small Grants Scheme.)

The Foundation supports projects under the following categories of interest:

Arts The Foundation will look for value for money, long-term benefit and sustainability in projects that it supports. Typical areas of support include:

  • Helping to make the arts more accessible by developing new and more diverse audiences.
  • Encouraging new work and supporting young and emerging artists, skilled freelancers and independent practitioners.
  • Projects that encourage sustainability by reducing overheads or which help generate additional revenue. This might include environmental improvements to save energy and lower carbon emissions where a cost benefit can be demonstrated.

Learning

Key areas for support are:

  • Libraries, museums and archives.
  • Special educational needs.
  • Projects that encourage sustainability by reducing overheads or which help generate additional revenue. This might include environmental improvements to save energy and lower carbon emissions where a cost benefit can be demonstrated.
  • Projects and activities which increase access and widen the diversity of attenders/visitors.

Please Note

The Foyle Foundation will complete its grant giving programme in 2025, and will stop accepting new applications to the Main Grants scheme (including building projects applications for less than £75,000) on 31 January 2025.

For capital requests of £75,000 and over, the foundation will close stage one enquiries on 31 May 2024. Full stage two applications will then close on 30 June 2024.

Applications can continue to be submitted at any time up to the final cut off date. Please also note that the Foundation can only consider applications for projects (and funding periods) which will be completed before the end of 2025.

For more information see:

Foyle Foundation
https://foylefoundation.org.uk/

Foyle Foundation – Main Grants Scheme
https://foylefoundation.org.uk/how-to-apply/main-grants-scheme-guidelines/

Tel: 020 7430 9119
E-Mail: mgs@foylefoundation.org.uk

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