The Idlewild Trust gives grants of up to £5,000 to UK Registered Charities for projects concerning the conservation of objects and artworks, and projects that aim to nurture young arts professionals. Although charities are welcome to apply for the maximum £5,000, the average amount awarded by the trust is £3,600.
The first grant making strand of the Idlewood Trust aims to fund projects which bring high quality training and development opportunities to young emerging artists aged 18 or over. Opportunities can be in any artform including music, dance, acting, writing and other performing, fine and applied arts.
The second grant making strand of the Idlewood Trusts concerns the conservation and preservation of publicly viewable artworks and objects that are of cultural and/or historical significance. Your organisation must also own the object or artwork which you would like to conserve. Capital projects and structural repairs of buildings are not fundable by the Idlewild Trust.
The trust helpfully provides a comprehensive Funding Guidance sheet which can be accessed on their website. Please do read this guidance carefully before applying, as there are several exclusions that could make your project ineligible.
Applications should be made through the Idlewild Trust website.
There are two funding deadlines per year, one in February and one in September. You will be advised of the outcome of your application within 2 weeks of the trustee meetings.