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Grants of up to £5,000 can be awarded to UK registered charities

Heritage

Funding Priorities:

  • Conservation of historic buildings (not Places of Worship which is covered elsewhere)
  • Conservation of historic objects and paintings

Arts

Funding Priorities:

  • Engaging with marginalised audiences, e.g. disabled, BAME, people living below the minimum poverty threshold for the appreciation of arts, performances or exhibitions
  • Opportunities, education and skills development of creative talent for artists with financing challenges or disability support requirements

Recently Funded Charities

2020

Art

Turner Contemporary Art Gallery offers world-class exhibitions and activities. Named in honour of JMW Turner (1775-1859), the gallery sits in Margate, a town he was connected to throughout his life. Margate today attracts many young artists. They showcase work by world-renowned contemporary and historically significant artists and a run a full roster of programming. They are unique in that the Margate community helps shape key exhibitions.

The Grocers' Charity funded three one-day workshops benefitting up to 35 art school graduates with practices outside London. Graduates desperately need to gain the skills required to run an art business/career/practice.

Heritage

Swandro-Orkney Coastal Archaeology Trust was established in November 2016 to respond to the erosion of Orkney’s archaeological sites. In March 2019 they received Royal Patronage from HRH Prince Charles in recognition of the importance of their work. Orkney is a group of 70 islands (21 inhabited), with a population of 21,349. Orkney has over 980 km of coastline, with many archaeological sites situated on the foreshore and subject to coastal erosion. Global warming, the effects of climate change and melting polar ice are promoting higher sea levels and changing weather systems with increased storminess, which is exacerbating an existing challenge. 

The Grocers’ Charity award supports the 2021 excavation of the Knowe of Swandro, Rousay which is being destroyed by coastal erosion. The site includes a 5,000-year-old Neolithic (New Stone Age) tomb with human remains and a settlement occupied from around 1,000 BC to 1,200 AD with Iron Age roundhouses and Pictish, Viking and Norse remains.

2019

  • Whitchurch Silk Mill is a working museum which aims to educate the public in the history of the production, design, distribution and sale of silk. They preserve and manage the Mill and its Victorian weaving machinery.
  • Milton Keynes Arts Centre, set in Great Linford Manor Park and its restored 17th-century buildings, offers artist residencies, exhibitions and educational workshops. Resident artist Kitty Finer brought together students from two colleges and residents living in a sheltered housing facility to deliver a series of workshops using music and textiles.

2018

  • The College of Arms Trust assumes principal responsibility for the preservation of its Grade I listed 17th Century building and the conservation of a unique working library, for the granting of Coats of Arms and related heraldic matters.
  • Chineke! was founded in April 2015 by the double bass player Chi-chi Nwanoku, OBE, as Britain's first professional orchestra comprising a majority of black and minority ethnic (BME) musicians.

2017

  • Angel Shed runs imaginative drama, music and movement-based theatre workshops and celebratory community performances for three 10-week terms throughout the year (ages 5-7, 7-11 and 11-16) in North London.