The Ragdoll Foundation
Of interest to Organisations dealing with Children, Arts, Creative Media, Early Years
The Ragdoll Foundation is dedicated to supporting the creation, appreciation and awareness of imaginative and innovative content that reflects the world from a child’s point of view.
The Ragdoll Foundation accepts applications from not-for-profit organisations based in the UK. They will only fund work that is legally charitable. Organisations that are not registered charities will need to provide a copy of their constitution showing charitable or social purpose. As their focus is on funding work that actively involves children and young people all applicants need to have a Safeguarding / Child Protection policy that is regularly reviewed, and be able to demonstrate adequate processes are in place to ensure the safeguarding of children and young people.
Proposals are invited from organisations developing creative and innovative approaches to engage children and young people using the arts and creative media. In most cases, they expect that the applicant will be an arts organisation; however they will consider applications from other organisations which intend to partner with arts organisations or work with artists within the project.
The Ragdoll Foundation’s Open Grants scheme has been designed to support the cultural sector’s work with children and young people. Their vision is to support projects where the concerns of childhood can be heard.
They direct our resources and funding through three strands, one of which is their Open Grant rogramme which supports organisations working with children and young people using the arts and creative media.
Preference will be given to innovative projects that share the same values of imagination and creativity as the Ragdoll Foundation. In particular, those projects which have a deep commitment to listening to children and allow the perceptions and feelings of children themselves to be better understood.
They are mainly interested in applications that involve children during their early years, but appropriate projects for older children (up to 18 years) will also be considered.
Their primary purpose is to make grants for charitable purposes that:
- Evidence the power of arts and creativity and their transformative power for children and young people;
- Promote children’s development through their imaginative thinking;
- Encourage innovative thinking and influence good practice elsewhere;
- Ensure effective evaluation of projects to promote sharing and learning;
- Above all, demonstrate how concerns of children can be heard.
The Ragdoll Foundation gives priority to innovative, arts-based projects that:
- Share the same values of imagination and creativity as the Ragdoll Foundation, in particular, projects which have a deep commitment to listening to children and allow the perceptions and feelings of children themselves to be better understood;
- Involve children during their early years (0-10 years old);
- Take place outside of London;
- Are of strategic value for the organisation;
- Include high quality evaluation and sharing of project outcomes;
- Have the potential to become models of good practice within the sector.
They welcome applications of up to £50k though the majority of grants they make are likely to be in the region of £5k to £20k. Applications will be considered for both one-off short-term projects and for projects lasting up to three years.
Their Open Grants scheme operates a rolling deadline.