Apply for a grant

Deadlines for our Arts and Conservation funds:

We run two grant programmes:

  1. Arts: Nurturing Early-Stage Professionals Grants to improve opportunities for professionals working creatively within the arts at an early stage in their career.
  2. Conservation: Objects and Works of Art Grants to support the conservation of historic or artistically important objects and works of art in museums, galleries, places of worship, historic buildings or their grounds.

Our grants re-opened for applications on 12 July 2021. The deadline for both funding programmes is Tuesday 14 September 2021 at midday.

Decisions on applications received will be given by the end of November 2021.

Before applying: funding guidelines 

Please read our Funding Guidelines before starting an application, these can be downloaded here.

These guidelines will help you see if your organisation and project are eligible to apply for our funding.

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 along with other eligibility requirements.

We can only offer grants which fall within the requirements for the two areas which we fund, Arts: Nurturing Early-Stage Professionals or Conservation: Objects and Works of Art.

How to apply

If you have reviewed our Funding Guidelines and reviewed your eligibility and feel your project is a good fit for the areas we fund, you are ready to apply.

Our application form is available by registering for an account and logging-on via the following portal links.

Link to Arts: Nurturing Early-Stage Professionals grant application portal

Link to Conservation: Objects and Works of Art grant application portal

We know that it can be helpful to see the questions in advance of applying. We have made these available via a word document to help you prepare an application and collaborate with colleagues. Please note that we will only be able to accept applications where submitted through the application portal links above. If you have any accessibility requirements, please email us and we will do what we can to modify or assist.

Arts: Nurturing Early-Stage Professionals application questions for reference

Conservation: Objects and Works of Art application questions for reference

Any questions?

As a smaller funder we are limited in our ability to offer advice before you apply, but we have put together some Frequently Asked Questions to help in the first instance.

If you have any other queries, not addressed by our FAQs, let us know by emailing info@idlewildtrust.org.uk

Continued response to Covid-19 crisis:

We know that the impact of Covid-19 continues to place significant pressure on the organisations we work with. If you are an existing grant holder who needs to adapt or change any plans in connection to originally proposed activity supported by a grant from us, do get in touch by email.