Grants News

The Innocent Foundation Grants

Grants available of between £30,000 to £50,000 per year to support not-for-profit organisations who are tackling hunger in simple, smart and sometimes radical ways. The Foundation is providing grants to help turn brave, bold ideas into real solutions that help the world’s hungry. The Foundation normally fund between £30,000 – £50,000 per year for up to three years. In truly exceptional circumstances this could be as high as £150,000.  Their support is designed to take a risk on backing a proof of concept (where applicants have limited evidence), test and transition (where the Foundation expect applicants to focus on evidence-gathering) or scale up (where there’s rigorous evidence and still serious room to grow). The Foundation will fund up to 100% of costs, but are equally happy to co-fund.

Legally incorporated not-for-profits are eligible to apply. This includes: Charities, Community-based organisations, Social enterprises and Universities. Click here for further information.

Arts Council England – Transforming Leadership Fund

The Arts Council wants to test a range of approaches to leadership development across library services, arts and museums. The new £6 million Transforming Leadership Fund aims to ensure arts and cultural leaders are appropriately skilled and from diverse backgrounds to support the continued growth and long-term sustainability of the sector. The fund has been developed following research that highlighted the need to invest more in the arts and cultural workforce which also revealed specific issues around the development of executive skills at senior level, opportunities for early career leaders and diversity across leadership. There is a two-stage application process. The deadline for the initial Expression of Interest is noon on 7 February 2019. Applicants that are successful at this stage will be invited to submit a full application in March.

Applications will be considered from the following:

  • An organisation that is a formally constituted legal entity, whose work involves a significant focus on providing leadership development (including universities and business schools).
  • Umbrella bodies or network bodies within the arts/cultural sector (who are formally constituted as an organisation and who exists to represent and support the sector).
  • Sector Support Organisations.
  • Consortiums, including those led by National Portfolio Organisations, by National Portfolio Organisation consortium partners, or by Music Education Hubs.

Further details, research and guidance can be found on the Arts Council England website.

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