UK creative professionals – such as painters, sculptors, potters, writers, poets, composers, musicians, songwriters, architects and some other creators who produce new artistic work in a professional context (all here called Artists) – are eligible to apply for a grant. New applicants will be required to submit details of their work (such as a list of publications or recordings, details of concerts or exhibitions, letters offering a serious commission etc), and/or any other evidence supporting their professional status (such as membership of a professional association) and the name of a referee.
The Trust has a particular relationship with Hawkwood College in Gloucestershire, and encourages Artists and groups of Artists to stay there, where they are offered preferential rates. However, applications may be made for grants to support stays anywhere in the UK or abroad.
This may be for creative work, research, collaboration, discussions with fellow artists, rest, recreation, and/or convalescence.
For 2019, the normal maximum number of days' grant which is available to any one Artist is 12. A maximum of 4 grants may be made to any one Artist during the year, but the total number of days normally remains as 12. Details for future years will be announced.
The Trust will pay a portion of the board and lodging costs directly to the place of residence. The balance of the bill is the responsibility of the Artist. Please note that the Trust will not always pay an entire bill and Artists will often be expected to contribute a small amount towards the costs.
The grant is currently set at a maximum of £85.00 per Artist per day. No VAT will be added to that sum, and if the place of residence charges VAT, the grant remains at a maximum of £85.00 per day towards the total bill.
If the intended place of residence is outside the UK, and this results in bank charges being incurred by the Trust for the transfer of funds, these charges will be deducted from the Grant. Recipients should themselves inform the place of residence that the money will be transferred from the UK, because further bank charges may also be incurred by that place of residence. This also applies when fees are charged on any currency exchanges; the Trust will deduct those fees from the Grant.
Grants are awarded by the number of days, and the Trust will not hold any surplus arising from cheaper hotel rates for the use of the Artist. £85 is a maximum daily figure, but the Grant is applied at the rate of the place of residence.
Because of the special relationship the Trust has with Hawkwood College, beneficiaries of the Trust are also eligible for a discounted daily rate there. When making a booking at Hawkwood, successful beneficiaries should mention that they are receiving a Trust grant.
Artists wishing to make more than one stay, even for the same work purpose, will need to make a separate Application for each stay. They will also therefore need to make a Report on their first stay before applying again.
Grants are available for use from a month after the date of informing the Artist, and then for 6 months from that date. Any grant money allocated to an Artist but not used will not be carried forward. On occasion, the Trust may offer a grant covering a shorter period than that applied for. Again, if this is not taken up by the applicant, the offer will not be held over for a different application.
Total Annual Allocations
The trustees will decide on the allocation of grants based on the annual income of the charity from the fund investments, balancing donations through the year.
The trustees' decisions on eligibility and applications are final, and they are not required to give reasons for their decisions.
The website is currently open for Applications; please see the News Page for further details. Please also note that the only email address now functioning is firstname.lastname@example.org which may also be accessed via this website.
You are strongly advised to read the NOTES before making a Submission, Application or Report.