Rayne Foundation

Status: Open to applications, check with the trust for deadlines


Grants are available to charities in the UK in support of work of national importance which helps society's most vulnerable or disadvantaged. Areas of interest include arts, education, health/medicine and social welfare and development.

Extended Description

The Rayne Foundation Grant is administered and provided by the Rayne Foundation and is open to charities in the UK.

The grant programme aims to give grants within the sectors of health and medicine, arts, education, social welfare and development.

The grant scheme also intends to give grants to organisations focusing on bridge building outcomes such as:

  • Enlarged sympathies - increased understanding or tolerance.
  • Reduced exclusion.
  • Reduced conflict.
  • New productive relationships to benefit the public.

Latest Information

Applications can be submitted at any time

Key Criteria

The Foundation supports registered and recognised charitable organisations in the UK.

Eligible Expenditure

The Foundation will fund the following specific types of costs:

  • Salaries and all types of project costs plus a reasonable contribution to overheads (there is no fixed percentage).
  • ‘Seed corn’ projects which, if successful, are likely to attract other funding.
  • General running or core costs (normally for a maximum of three years).
  • Capital costs of buildings and equipment (unless specifically stated in certain sectors).

The Foundation has a flexible approach in its support of innovative, high quality projects, but is particularly interested in those which are of direct benefit to vulnerable and disadvantaged people or communities. The Foundation makes grants within the following four fields of interest:


  • To support and encourage choreographers wanting to connect more strongly with society, widen their intellectual and emotional curiosity, and develop their entrepreneurial skills.
  • Arts in deprived communities.
  • Arts Ventures initiative to help arts organisations develop additional income streams.


  • Improving the architecture and design of schools.
  • Developing numeracy skills for all ages.

Health and Medicine

  • Improved quality of life for older people.
  • Improved palliative care in the community. The Foundation is particularly interested in:
    • Pilot or other small studies designed to highlight deficiencies in current services and potential remedies.
    • Schemes which explore imaginative ideas on improving quality of life for patients in the community.
    • Schemes which improve clinical aspects of community palliative care where this is deficient.

    Social Welfare and Development

  • Improved quality of life for older people.
  • Improved opportunities for refugees to cross into and contribute to mainstream society.


Match Funding Restrictions

The Foundation is unlikely to fund more than 50% of the total cost. Priority is given to projects where a grant will help to lever funding and involvement from other organisations, particularly from more sustainable income streams.


The Foundation does not support the following:

  • Individuals.
  • Organisations working outside of the UK.
  • Work that has already taken place.
  • Repayment of debts.
  • Applicants that have applied in the last 12 months.
  • General appeals.
  • Endowments.
  • Statutory agencies to deliver their core services.

Application Procedure

The Foundation operates a two-stage application process.  Applicants must first complete the Stage One application form that can be downloaded from the Foundation's website.  If a second-stage application is requested, more detailed information will be required.

Contact the Rayne Foundation for further information.

Addresses and contacts

Application forms may be available to download on this site - please see the downloadable files on the right hand panel at the top of this page - or alternatively please check the funding body’s own website.

Contact details:
Morin Carew Rayne Foundation
100 George Street
Telephone:020 7487 9656