The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust provides small grants of between £500 and £5,000 to UK registered charities working in the following fields. Grants can be used for core costs, project funding or to match other grant awards.
1. The Arts
o The promotion of access, education and excellence in the arts for young people to increase their opportunities to become involved outside school and to build future audiences with special emphasis on choral singing for children and young people to encourage recruitment into choirs.
o Access to the arts for the elderly and for people who least have access to them.
o Performance development opportunities in the performing arts for those in the early stages of their careers, encouraging involvement in the community through performances and workshops for the benefit of those with special needs and those who would otherwise have no opportunity to hear or participate in a live performance, and
o Support for charities seeking to engage with young people on the fringes of society through music and drama projects to improve their employability and diminish the risk of social exclusion.
2. The Environment
o Conservation of the countryside and its woodlands, with emphasis on the encouragement of voluntary work and active involvement in hands-on activities, particularly activities that bring about positive changes in the lives of young people.
o Protection of species within the UK and their habitats under threat or in decline.
o Heritage conservation within the UK based on value to and use by the local community – the Trust favours projects that seek to create a new use for fine buildings of architectural and historic merit to encourage the widest possible cross-section of use. The Trust does not normally support major restorations but may support a specific element if identified as appropriate to the aims of the Trust.
o Rural crafts and skills in heritage conservation, with emphasis on increasingly rare skills that would otherwise be lost, and
o Social and therapeutic horticulture: projects that use gardening or other environmental activities to bring about positive changes in the lives of those who are living with disabilities or ill health.
3. Medical Welfare
o Provision of music and art therapy to improve the quality of life for the elderly and the disabled, and in palliative care and in hospices, especially hospices operating in low income and/or remote parts of the UK.
o Support for charities concerned with alleviating the suffering of adults and children with medical conditions who have difficulty finding support through traditional sources.
o The welfare of those who care for others through the provision of breaks for those carers without regular support – and with emphasis on projects and schemes that allow young carers to enjoy being children, and
o Support for charities seeking to engage with young people on the fringes of society to improve their employability and diminish the risk of social exclusion.
The next deadline for applications is Wednesday 13 October 2021 for consideration at the Trust's November meeting.
Further information, guidance notes and an online application form is available on the Trust’s website.