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In the light of the Covid-19 crisis, we’re focusing on working with organisations that applied to Idlewild Trust earlier in 2020, and liaising with the charities that we have funded in the last 18 months.

The next Open Round for our Arts and Conservation Funds will be in 2021. We will publish more information about our next steps in Spring 2021. We had hoped to make a decision about deadlines in November 2020, but need this extra time to consider how our funds will make the most difference and what funds we have available. We want to manage our Open Rounds in a way that doesn't waste time for charities applying, due to oversubscription and reduced funds. 

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 has responded:

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

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

2. Grants round (for June 2020 decisions):

These applications were assessed and decisions have now been made with 14 organisations receiving grants totalling  £55,225 - we understand the time and effort that goes into each application and aimed to be fair and transparent in our decision-making.  The Trustees remain committed to running two grants rounds in 2021.

3. 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 

Important links to the Government and Arts Council's emergency funds are here.

If you're are based in London, you can sign up for information on future funding from London Community Response fund here.

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

Before applying: funding guidelines dated 30 Sep 2019 (these will be up-dated in 2021)

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.