Funding Alerts

Foyle Foundation

by | Mar 23, 2018 |

Of interest to Organisations dealing wit earning, Arts

The Foyle Foundation is an independent grantmaking trust that distributes grants to UK charities.


Although the home page of their website says that they welcome applications from across the country and encourage applications from all areas outside London and the South East. I have spoken to them and there is no bias against applications from the South-East. Their statement is intended to advertise that they are not just a London-based trust.


The Foundation can only accept applications from organisations with charitable status.  This includes registered charities, charitable incorporated organisations (CIOs), excepted charities and exempt charities.  They will also consider applications from small charities with a turnover of less than £5,000 that have a HMRC charity number. They cannot accept applications from Community Interest Companies or Social Enterprises.


What For?

Main Grants Scheme – Learning

The Foundation will support projects which facilitate the acquisition of knowledge and which have a long-term strategic impact. Key areas for support are:

  • libraries, museums and archives;
  • special educational needs;
  • projects that encourage sustainability by reducing overheads or which help generate additional revenue.

For state funded schools their main initiative will be the Foyle School Libraries Scheme.

Dedicated schools and educational charities catering for those with Special Educational Needs (SEN) will also be considered.   They are interested in projects that develop the abilities of children/young people to access learning and educational opportunities.  They are unlikely to consider funding specifically towards the development of independent living skills or vocational training.


Citizenship, esteem-building, training, skills acquisition to aid employment, independent living, early learning projects or playgroups will not generally be considered under the Main Grants Scheme.


A table of previously funded projects is at:


Main Grants Scheme – Arts

The Foundation seeks applications that make a strong artistic case for support in either the performing or visual arts. Their Arts programme has a twofold purpose to help sustain the arts and to support projects that particularly help to deliver artistic vision.  They look for value for money, long term benefit and sustainability in projects that they support.  Typical areas of support include:

  • helping to make the arts more accessible by developing new audiences, supporting tours, festivals and arts educational projects;
  • encouraging new work and supporting young and emerging artists;
  • building projects that improve or re-equip existing arts venues (rather than construction of new facilities, although this will not be excluded);
  • projects that encourage sustainability by reducing overheads or which help generate additional revenue.

Generally, they make grants for specific projects/activities. They will consider applications for core funding (but generally only from smaller organisations or from those not receiving recurrent revenue funding from the Arts Council or local authorities).

How Much?

Grants awarded in 2016 were up to £250,000

Please note for capital projects seeking more than £75,000 the Foundation will now only consider these twice per year in the Spring and Autumn.



Applications are accepted all year round. They have no deadlines.