Calouste Gulbenkian

Status: Open to applications


Whilst most of their support is proactive, funding is available to support a very small number of truly exceptional ideas and/or projects that contribute to meeting the identified objectives under their three main strategic aims: Cultural Understanding, Fulfilling Potential and Environment.

Value Notes

Grants are likely to average between £10,000 and £30,000.


Extended Description

In general, they take a proactive as opposed to a reactive approach to identifying partners. They develop projects in collaboration with these partners seeking to make the best use of their collective assets including our knowledge and networks. Most funding is dedicated to such collaborations.

However, they operate a small Open Fund to receive applications from organisations with ideas for exceptional projects and which are a good fit with their new strategic priorities for 2014-2019:

  • Gathering evidence, testing pilot initiatives and supporting strategic advocacy aimed at increasing knowledge about transitions in later life and securing more appropriate responses to the issues they create for people as they age, particularly in terms of the psychological and emotional challenges faced.
  • Fostering sector collaboration, building the evidence base and identifying and supporting models of best practice and originality in the area of participatory/socially-engaged performing arts to raise the profile of this arts practice.
  • Fostering connections and building the capacity of the environmental sector to influence the marine environment and protect our oceans.

They are looking for projects that:

  • Scope a new idea to address a specified need or implement new approaches that are already successfully applied in other sectors or outside the UK;
  • Are relevant to their programme of work and meet one or more of the objectives in their strategic aims;
  • Have a clearly articulated vision of how the work will impact beyond the project lifetime
  • Address and evidence a clearly identified need

Funding is given for the specific activity proposed and not for general core costs.


Latest Information

There is no deadline. Applications are considered at monthly meetings.

Key Criteria

They only accept proposals from not-for-profit organisations based in the UK or Republic of Ireland. If you are not a registered charity or a Community Interest Company, you must be able to demonstrate not-for-profit status and that your constituting document does not allow for any surplus to be distributed to members. They do not support individuals

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