Apply for a grant


We make decisions about grants twice a year. Here are our deadlines:

13 February 2020 (midnight) for a decision in June 2020 (please note this has changed from May 2020 due to the Covid-19 crisis)

We cannot fund projects that are completed by the time of our decision.

Response to Covid-19 crisis:

We know that Covid-19 is putting a huge strain on charities and the work they do. This is how Idlewild Trust is responding:

1. Charities who received a grant from Idlewild Trust in May 2019 and November 2019:

We've emailed these charities and said that the grants awarded by Idlewild Trust last year can be converted to unrestricted grants if the charities have not been able to undertake the project Idlewild funded.  We've also agreed that monitoring reports due can be sent to us at a time that suits the charity.

2. Current grants round (for June 2020 decisions):

These applications will still be assessed and decisions made - we understand the time and effort that goes into each application and aim to be fair and transparent in our decision-making.  The decisions will now be made in June 2020, rather than May 2020, as we have needed more time for assessment. 

3. Autumn 2020 grants round: 

We need time to think about how this will work and what funds Idlewild Trust will have available. Once this information is ready, we will publish it here and re-open our application form.

4. London Funders statement:

Idlewild is a signatory of the London Funders statement that is a demonstration of our intention to stand together as funders and support the voluntary sector at this time. 

Emergency Funding:

The Heritage Fund has published information on its Heritage Emergency Fund here 

The Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF) has published some information about emergency funds available here.

Information on Arts Council's emergency package is here.

If you're are based in London, please consider applying to the London Community Response fund here.

As we find out more, we will publish information on this website.

Before applying: revised funding guidelines dated 30 Sep 2019

It is important that you read our revised Funding Guidelines before applying and these can be downloaded here. These guidelines will help you see if your organisation and project are eligible, and also include information on organisations and projects we cannot fund.

We can only fund projects from organisations that are UK Registered Charities, some UK Publicly Exempt Charities and Churches that are Excepted Charities. Full information on the types of charitable status is in the Funding Guidelines

Your project also needs to be within one of our two programmes: Arts: Nurturing Early-Stage Professionals or Conservation: Objects and Works of Art.

We also suggest you read our Frequently Asked Questions section before applying.