These are the answers to some of the most common queries.

 If you would like more information please go to Contact Us for our email or phone details. 

We will publish more information about our next steps for our Arts and Conservation Funds in Summer 2021. We hoped to make a decision about deadlines earlier 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. Please see our Apply page for information on Emergency Grants offered by funders. 

We've made various things clearer. For example, we've made it clear that the Arts Fund is looking to support programmes that work with professionals at an early stage in their career, rather than just 'young professionals.' Beneficiaries in most programmes are likely to be their 20s, but Idlewild understands that some professionals are at an early stage in their career when they're older.

We've expanded one of our 'exclusions.'  Previously we excluded educational institutions in receipt of state/government funding and we've extended this exclusion to all educational institutions, both state and private. We've also decided now to fund UK Registered charities that have been charities for at least two years, submitting at least two annual returns to the Charity Commission. 

These are just three examples. It's important for all applicants to read our revised Funding Guidelines, even if they've applied for an Idlewild grant before. 

We only fund UK registered charities that have made at least two years' worth of annual submissions to the Charity Commission, and some Excepted and Exempt charities (some museums, galleries and places of worship). Please see our Funding Guidelines for further information. We do not fund social enterprises or Community Interest Companies, unless they are also registered charities.

Idlewild Trust has limited funds to distribute (around £140,000 pa) and operates a relatively small grants programme. The Trust was regularly turning down 84% of its applications for a wide range of projects within the performing, visual and applied arts and conservation and preservation. In 2015 the Trustees and Director reviewed the Trust’s grant-giving and talked to organisations about funding needs. We decided to adopt what we feel is ‘best practice’ for a funder of our size and focus our grant giving on specific areas: Arts: Nurturing Early Stage Professionals and Conservation: Works of Art and Objects. 

If your project is reliant on a major funder (for example the Lottery Heritage Fund), it is unlikely that we would fund the project without that funding in place. This is because Idlewild Trust is a small funder and, with large projects and without other funding in place, we feel there is risk of the project not going ahead. However, we regularly fund larger projects that have a major funder already in place.

If you were unsuccessful, you can re-apply at any time, including straightaway.

No. We ask that there is a gap of at least 24 months between grants’ decisions. If you received an award in May 2017, you would not be able to re-apply until our February 2019 deadline for a May 2019 decision. You can find our deadlines on Apply for a Grant.

We prefer to fund projects that have not started, but also understand that there are some projects within both our Arts and Conservation programmes that run for a year or more. We occasionally consider funding these projects after they’ve started.  However, in both cases, we would need to understand the need for funding and the difference our grant would make.

We fund either the total costs or make a contribution towards a larger funding target.

No. Since February 2016 we no longer award grants to repair work to the fabric of buildings. As a trust with limited resources, we are focusing either on Arts: Nurturing Early Stage Professionals or Conservation: Objects and Works of Art.

Idlewild Trust cannot support projects for children under the age of 18.  It will consider applications that nurture emerging professionals within the arts aged 18 and over, but not within secondary schools, sixth form colleges, Further Education Colleges, universities or conservatoires. Please see our Funding Guidelines under What We Fund.

No. We do not fund capital projects including extensions and new facilities. As a trust with limited resources, we focus either on Arts: Nurturing Early Stage Professionals or Conservation: Objects and Works of Art.

No. Since February 2016, we no longer support the conservation or repair of organs or church bells. As a trust with limited resources, we focus our funds for conservation on Objects or Works of Art. Please see our Funding Guidelines.

No. Since February 2016, we no longer support exhibitions, concerts, performances, festivals and touring programmes. Within the arts we now focus Arts: Nurturing Early Stage Professional and this might include, for example, a concert series for emerging professional musicians. Please see our Funding Guidelines.

Idlewild Trust supports projects for people that have sufficient core training or experience to be ready to start a career, or develop their early career. Not all projects we support are for people that have been formally trained at, for example, dance, art or drama school or music college; however, we then expect people’s experience to be highly relevant and valuable.  

Idlewild Trust only awards grants to UK registered charities and does not award grants direct to individuals. Within our Arts Programme, we do not fund projects that benefit just one person, considering only those that work with more than one.

No. We only fund projects either for artists (singers, musicians, artists, actors, dancers) or those involved creatively (composers, curators, writers, theatre-makers).

Our deadlines and decision dates are on our website under Apply for a Grant. When you apply through our online system, you will receive two emails from us. The first is an automatic email that will confirm your application has been received. The second will be sent within a month of application and will confirm the decision date.  You will receive an email about whether or not your application has been successful within 7 days of the decision.

We will consider your application if you are registered with the Scottish Charity Regulator (www.oscr.org.uk/) or if you are either registered or ‘deemed’ with the Charity Commission Northern Ireland NI (www.charitycommissionni.org.uk/manage-your-charity/register-your-charity/the-deemed-list)

No. Even if the education institution is a UK Registered Charity, we no longer fund higher, secondary or primary institutions including universities, schools, colleges and conservatoires, whether state or privately funded.  We know how valuable programmes run by these institutions are, but we're a small funder and have to focus. 

No. We only awared Arts Grants to charities that are working solely in the arts sector such as theatres, arts centres, galleries and orchestras.