Grants up to £5,000 for registered charities in the UK in working in the arts, the improvement or protection of the environment, and health and medical welfare.

The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust provides funding for project or core costs for UK registered charities active and working in the United Kingdom. The Trust has identified the following grant-making priorities for the period 2018-2021:

1. The Arts

o 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 people who have least 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. Medical Welfare

 o Provision of music and art therapy to improve quality of life, 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 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.

 3. 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

Grant awards are normally one-off and range from £500 to £5,000, with some longer-term grants made occasionally.

Grants can be used for core costs or for projects.

The Trust produces an excellent annual report, which is well worth looking through for details about how it operates. A list of all grants awarded during the year ending 31 March 2018 can be found on pages 52-67 of the annual report.


Grant applications are considered every four months, usually in March, July and November. The application deadline usually falls during the preceding month.

The next application deadline for applications Monday 14 October 2019.

Further information, together with an application form, can be found on the Trust’s website.

Contact details for the Trust are:

Jane Thorne
Company Secretary

The D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust
6 Trull Farm Buildings
0203 637 3003

(Source: GRIN)

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