The Idlewild Trust

Status: Open for applications, please see website for deadlines


Grants are available for projects in the UK that encourage the performing/fine arts and preserve buildings, objects of beauty and items of historic interest or national importance for public benefit.


Maximum Value:£ 5,000
Average Value:£ 3,100

Value Notes

The Trust awards around £140,000 in grants each year.

The maximum grant available is £5,000.

Extended Description

The Idlewild Trust makes grants to registered charities in the UK.

The Trust makes grants for projects concerned with:

  • The encouragement of the performing and fine arts and crafts.
  • The advancement of education within the arts.
  • The preservation for the benefit of the public of lands, buildings and other objects of beauty or historic interest.

Latest Information

Applications are considered twice a year (May and November). The next set of application deadlines are midnight on 8 February 2018 and 6 September 2018.

Key Criteria

Applications are accepted from the following organisations:

  • UK registered charities.
  • Churches that are excepted charities with an income of less than £100,000.
  • UK publicly exempt charities, such as public museums and some educational establishments.

Eligible Expenditure

  • Funding is available for the following types of projects:

    • Arts - Nurturing young professionals: Eligible projects should aim to improve the opportunities for young professionals working in the arts, particularly those who are in the early stage of their career. The trust considers programmes that encourage and nurture the talent of young professional musicians, dancers, actors, writers and artists in the performing, fine and applied arts aged 16 and over.
    • Conservation – Objects and works of art: The Trust supports the conservation of important works of art and objects that are being lost through the lack of funds to look after them. The Trust considers programmes which conserve historic or artistically important objects and works of art including artefacts, textiles, furniture, metalwork, manuscripts, wall paintings, tombs and stained glass of high quality. Works must be in museums, galleries, places of worship, and historic buildings or their grounds, and be accessible to the public. (The Trust requires applicant organisation’s to own the object or work of art for which funding is being awarded.)

Match Funding Restrictions

Applicants are expected to show what other sources of funding have been sought and secured.


The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Projects which have already been completed.
  • Individuals.
  • Projects based outside the UK.
  • Charities and projects in the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.
  • Any organisation with income of less than £5,000 pa.
  • Community Interest Companies (CICs).
  • Social Enterprises unless they are also UK Registered Charities.
  • Organisations that are applying for UK Registered charitable status but do not yet have a registered charity number.
  • UK registered charities that have not submitted their most recent annual return and accounts within the required time to the Charity Commission or OSCR (Scotland).
  • Organisations whose sole or main purpose is to make grants from funds collected.
  • General national or local appeals.
  • Endowment or deficit funding.
  • Primary and Secondary Schools, Sixth Form and Further Education Colleges.
  • Universities and further education institutions in receipt of annual government grants or whose primary source of income is student fees.

Conservation grant funding will not be given for projects which include:

  • Structural repair of buildings.
  • Organs and Bells.
  • Capital projects/new facilities including extensions, redevelopments, annexes, kitchen facilities heating and lighting systems.
  • Environmental projects or conservation of lands.
  • Conservation Reports.
  • Routine maintenance, cleaning and preventative work on objects or works of art.

Arts Grants will not be given for projects which include:

  • Educating or developing the talent of those aged under 16 years old.
  • Programmes with the primary purpose of general social and personal development.
  • Programmes with the primary purpose of introducing young people aged 16 and over or young adults to a particular aspect of the arts.
  • Commissioning of new works, touring programmes, performances, productions, festivals, exhibitions & displays (unless this is as part of a specific programme to nurture emerging and young professionals within the fine and applied arts).
  • Management and Administrative career development programmes.
  • Projects involving trips or tours abroad.

Grants will not be awarded to the same organisation more frequently than every 24 months.

Application Procedure

Grants will be paid by cheque.

Application is via an online application form available at the Trust's website.

Contact the Idlewild Trust for further information..

Addresses and Contacts
Contact details:
Rachel Oglethorpe
The Idlewild Trust
1a Taylors Yard
67 Alderbrook Road
SW12 8AD
Telephone:020 8772 3155