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The Idlewild Trust

Grants up to £7,000 are available to UK registered charities and exempt charities for nurturing early-stage professionals in the arts, including dance, music, theatre and visual arts, and the conservation of objects and works of art.

Who can apply: UK registered charities that are more than two years old, UK publicly exempt charities, including some museums and galleries, and churches that are excepted charities with an income of less than £100,000.

Key words: Arts, Works of Art (including Artefacts, Textiles, Furniture, Metalwork, Manuscripts, Wall Paintings, Tombs and Stained Glass), Continuing Professional Development for Young Professional Musicians, Dancers, Actors, Writers, Artists, Theatre, Art History, Museums, United Kingdom.

The Idlewild Trust offers grants to registered charities working in the following two areas:

  1. The Arts – Nurturing Early-Stage Professionals: supporting programmes that improve opportunities for professionals working creatively within the arts at an early stage in their career. The Trust will consider activities that:
    – Encourage and nurture the talent of young professional musicians, dancers, actors, writers and artists in the performing, fine and applied arts aged 18 and over. Programmes need to be run by UK registered charities in the arts sector, delivering high quality and professional work with a strong track record. Programmes should be for talented early-stage professionals with existing training or very relevant experience, and
    – Are for other early-stage professionals working creatively within the arts including composers, curators and theatre-makers (eg directors and choreographers).
  2. Conservation – Objects and Works of Art: supporting conservation of important works of art and objects that are being lost through the lack of funds to look after them. The Trust will consider activities that:
    – Conserve historic or artistically important objects and works of art including artefacts, textiles, furniture, metalwork, manuscripts, wall paintings, tombs and stained glass of high quality. Works must be in museums, galleries, places of worship, and historic buildings or their grounds, and be accessible to the public. (The Trust requires applicant organisations to own the object or work of art for which funding is being awarded and to have a completed Conservation Report available.)