General Information


Creative professionals – such as painters, sculptors, potters, writers, poets, composers, musicians, songwriters, architects and other creators who 1] produce new artistic work in a professional context (all here called artists), and 2] are in some degree of need (please see the Terms and Conditions for full details) – are eligible for assistance from the Trust.  If your charity or organisation looks after such artists, the Trust may be able to provide some funding to help you in this.

Our requirements are not intended to supersede your charity’s own eligibility criteria. However, to be eligible for one of the Trust’s grants, your beneficiaries (as regards any funding the Trust provides) must also fit in with our requirements.  Charities applying for grants to help support their own beneficiaries will need to satisfy themselves as to both the professional status and also the degree of need of those they intend to assist, and assure the Trust that their candidates are suitable.

Although the Trust may only allocate specific grants to artists who are tax resident in the UK, charities may include non-UK residents in their allocations if that is in accord with their own criteria.

Please remember that the Trust can only offer specific support for residency (board and lodging) costs.  No travel or other costs may be met from the grant.

Places Of Residence

The Trust has a particular relationship with Hawkwood College in Gloucestershire and encourages artists and groups of artists to stay there, where those who receive Trust grants are also offered preferential rates.  However, application may be made for grants to support stays anywhere in the UK or abroad.

Purpose Of Residency

This may be for creative work, research, collaboration, discussions with fellow artists, rest, recreation, and/or convalescence. It may also be for study, but can only ever cover the board and lodging costs.

Duration Of Residency

Charities will be in control of their own budgets, but the Trust requires that any individual grant would normally cover no more than two weeks’ stay by any one artists on any one occasion.

Grants Offered

If an application is successful, the Trust will make a block grant to the charity, representing an approximate total number of days’ stay (bed and board); this may be split between a number of beneficiaries.  The charity may then make its own arrangements for individual or group residencies for several beneficiaries, and is expected to cover itself the remainder of the costs of the stays. In 2019 the Trust grant is expected to be allocated at around £85.00 per artist per day (no VAT will be added to that sum).  However, charities will in general be able to manage their own budgets.

It may also be possible for charities to contact the Trust on behalf of individual artists for particular requests such as holidays, retreats, convalescent breaks or research visits.

Total Annual Allocations

The trustees will decide on the allocation of grants based on the annual income of the Trust from the fund investments, balancing donations through the year.

Applications Status

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