D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust

Status: Open to applications


Grants are available for UK registered charities working in the UK in the areas of the arts, health and medical welfare and improvement or protection of the environment. 


Maximum Value:£5,000
Minimum Value:£500

Value Notes

Grants generally range from £500 to £5,000. 

The majority of grants are single grants over a one-year period. Occasionally longer-term grants of up to three years are awarded but in exceptional cases.

Extended Description

The D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust was established in 1972 by the late Dame Bridget D'Oyly Carte, DBE.

The Trust offers funding to UK registered charities whose work addresses the its charitable objectives, which are:

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

Latest Information

The next deadline for applications is 14 June 2018 for consideration on 19 July 2018.

Key Criteria

UK Registered, Exempt or Excepted charities can apply.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be working within the UK.
  • Have a bank account in the organisation's name.
  • Have, if working with children and young people, or vulnerable adults, correct and up to date policies and procedures in place.

Eligible Expenditure

The funding is to be used for core costs or projects.

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

The Arts

  • The promotion of access, education and excellence in the arts for young people to increase their opportunities to become involved outside school and to build future audiences with special emphasis on choral singing for children and young people to encourage recruitment into choirs.
  • Access to the arts for people who least have access to them.
  • Performance development opportunities in the performing arts for those in the early stages of their careers, encouraging involvement in the community through performances and workshops for the benefit of those with special needs and those who would otherwise have no opportunity to hear or participate in a live performance.
  • 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

  • Provision of music and art therapy to improve the quality of life for the elderly and the disabled, and in palliative care and in hospices, especially hospices operating in low income and/or remote parts of the UK.
  • 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 holidays for those carers who wouldn’t normally have a break from their responsibilities – and with emphasis on projects and schemes that allow young carers to enjoy being children.
  • Support for charities seeking to rehabilitate young people on the fringes of society to improve their employability and diminish the risk of social exclusion.

The Environment

  • Conservation of the countryside and its woodlands, with emphasis on the encouragement of voluntary work and active involvement in hands-on activities, particularly activities that bring about positive changes in the lives of young people.
  • Protection of species within the UK and their habitats under threat or in decline.
  • Heritage conservation within the UK based on value to, and use by the local community – the Trust favours projects that seek to create a new use for fine buildings of architectural and historic merit to encourage the widest possible cross-section of use. The Trust does not normally support major restorations but may support a specific element if identified as appropriate to the aims of the Trust.
  • Rural crafts and skills in heritage conservation, with emphasis on increasingly rare skills that would otherwise be lost.
  • Social and therapeutic horticulture: projects that use gardening or other environmental activities to bring about positive changes in the lives of those who are living with disabilities or ill-health.

Match Funding Restrictions

Applications for matched funding will be considered.


The Trustees seldom join in major fundraising campaigns or capital projects, preferring to direct their donations to those charities where their contribution will make a major difference.

The Trust is unlikely to support applications concerned with the following:

  • Advocacy.
  • Animal welfare.
  • Campaigning or lobbying.
  • Capital projects (unless a specific element falls within the Trust’s remit).
  • Community transport organisations or services.
  • Conferences and seminars.
  • Counselling and psychotherapy services.
  • Cultural festivals.
  • Drug abuse or alcoholism rehabilitation.
  • Educational projects linked to the National Curriculum.
  • Endowments.
  • Exhibitions.
  • Expeditions and overseas travel.
  • Friend/Parent Teacher Associations.
  • General and round-robin appeals.
  • Individuals.
  • Large national charities.
  • Medical research.
  • NHS hospitals for operational and building costs.
  • Organisations that are not Registered Charities (or accepted as Exempt Charities).
  • Projects taking place or benefiting people outside the UK.
  • Recordings and commissioning of new works.
  • Religious causes and activities.
  • Routine maintenance of religious or historic buildings.
  • Replacement or subsidy of statutory funding or for work the Trust considers should be funded by Government.
  • Sport.
  • Umbrella organisations.
  • Universities, Colleges and Schools (other than those dedicated to the arts).
  • Schools, Nurseries and Playgroups (other than those for special needs children).
  • Works to enable a building to comply with the Disability Discrimination Act 2010.

Applicants who have been unsuccessful with an application to the Trust may not re-apply for a period of two years.

Payment Procedure

Grants will be paid directly into the charity’s bank account by BACS. Payment will usually take place within 30 days after a grant decision has been made.

Application Procedure

The current guidelines and the online application form can be found on the Trust's website.

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

The application process can take between three and six months depending on when the application is submitted.

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


Addresses and contacts

Application forms may be available to download on their website - please click here - or alternatively please check the funding body’s own website.

Contact details:
Grants Administrator
D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust 
6 Trull Farm Buildings 
0203 637 3003