The Fenton Arts Trust is an arts charity whose aims are to give encouragement and financial support to those actively contributing to the creative arts in the UK. It provides grants to support or reward work or performances by individuals early in their careers and for institutions or organisations that share these aims.
The average grant is around £5,000 and the charity usually provides support to 25-30 beneficiaries each year. An application may come from a group, company or institution or from an individual so long as the application does not involve support of an individual’s initial professional training. The trust supports individual works, activities, performances or prizes in the fields of drama, painting, sculpture, ballet, music, poetry and architecture. The Trust has also funded educational institutions so that they may award scholarships and bursaries to final year and postgraduate students.
The Trust provides comprehensive guidelines on how to apply, which includes an annotated application form which can be found here. Blank applications can then be downloaded from the same page, and are then submitted by post to the Trust.
Trustees meet three times a year to consider applications. A minimum of 6 months normally elapses before the Trust both makes a decision and has sufficient funds in its budget. In most financial years (April-March) almost all funds in the current budget are committed by August, so the Trust advises potential application to think ahead when putting together applications.
Further information can be found on The Fenton Arts Trust website.