D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust

The funding is for charitable work in the UK that addresses the objectives of the Trust, which are:

  • The advancement of the arts.
  • Health and medical welfare.
  • Environmental protection or improvement.

Grants generally range from £500 to £6,000. 

The majority of grants are one-off grants for one year.

Applications are accepted from UK registered charities working within the UK for the benefit of UK residents.

To be eligible, an organisation’s annual returns to the Charity Commission, the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator or the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland must be up to date.

The funding is to be used for core costs and projects. The Trustees favour small-scale, locally based initiatives.

Projects that fall within the following fields of interest are eligible for support:

The Arts

  • Access and participation in the arts for those who have least access to them with emphasis on choirs and singing to build community and bring people together.
  • Performance development opportunities in the performing arts for those in the early stages of their careers.
  • 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.

Medical Welfare

  • Music and art therapy and non-clinical interventions that use singing, drama and musical techniques to aid recovery from illness and improve quality of life and mental wellbeing.
  • Support for charities concerned with alleviating the suffering of adults and children with medical conditions who have difficulty finding support through traditional sources.
  • The welfare of those who care for others through the provision of breaks for carers, with an emphasis on projects and schemes assisting young carers.

The Environment

  • Active involvement in hands-on conservation activities, particularly those that bring about positive changes in the lives of young people living at the margins of society to improve their skills, build their confidence and break down barriers to their employment.
  • Rural crafts and skills in heritage conservation, with emphasis on increasingly rare skills that would otherwise be lost.
  • Social and therapeutic horticulture projects that embrace nature as a tool for mental wellbeing by using gardening or other environmental activities to bring about positive changes in the lives of those who are living with disabilities or ill-health.

The next deadline for applications is 23 May 2024, to be considered at the July 2024 meeting.

The Trustees usually consider applications three times a year in March, July and November.

Application forms are available to complete online at the Trust’s website. Applicants should read the guidelines before starting the application form.

Contact the D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust for further information.

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