Foyle Foundation

Status:Open to applications


Description: Grants to registered charities in the UK which have a core remit of arts or learning. State funded schools are also eligible to apply.

Maximum Value:£ 500,000
Minimum Value:£ 1,000

Value Notes

Main Grants Scheme

The majority of grants will be in the range of £10,000 to £50,000. Applications for less than £10,000 per annum will generally not be accepted.

The maximum amount of a large grant will not normally exceed £500,000 and may be payable over several years. In exceptional circumstances, larger grants over this amount may be considered where, for example an overriding factor is that the project might not occur without the Foundation grant or where the project is of national importance.

The Foundation will consider both revenue and capital projects.

Small Grants Scheme

The Foundation plans to make one year grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 to charities which can demonstrate that such a grant will make a significant difference to their work. No multi-year funding awards will be made.

.Extended Description

The Foyle Foundation Main Grant programme is provided and administered by the Foyle Foundation and is available for charities active in the UK.

The scheme is intended to support registered charities and public schools undertaking projects that will improve learning resources, or advocate performing and visual arts.

There are two strands under the Main Grant programme; arts and learning:

  • Arts: This strand is designed to improve the sustainability of the arts and support groups which work to achieve this. Specific projects are welcomed, rather than general community arts schemes.
  • Learning: This strand is designed to support projects which assist with access to places of knowledge e.g. museums and libraries. Projects assisting those with special educational needs or learning difficulties are particularly welcomed.

The Foundation also operates a Small Grants Scheme which is designed to support smaller charities in the UK, especially those working at grass roots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities.

Latest Information

Applications can be made at any time

Key Criteria

Applications are accepted from UK registered charities.

State funded secondary and primary schools are eligible to apply for projects with direct educational benefit, but must explain why their project cannot be funded from statutory or other projects funding.

An organisation may only apply for one grant per year. In cases where an applicant that is part of a wider national organisation is supported, no other affiliated or regional branches of that organisation will be supported in that year.


Eligible Expenditure

Main Grants Scheme

Priority is given to:

  • Projects which will make a difference because funding is difficult to obtain.
  • Projects which provide direct benefit to the public.
  • Projects which benefit the whole community, rather than special interest groups.


Key areas for support are:

  • Libraries, museums and archives.
  • Special educational needs and learning difficulties.


Typical areas of support include:

  • Helping to make the arts more accessible by developing new audiences, supporting tours, festivals and arts educational projects.
  • Encouraging new work and supporting young and emerging artists.
  • Building and infrastructure projects to construct new arts facilities or improve or re-equip existing arts venues.

Small Grants Scheme

The Small Grants Scheme supports a wide range of activities at grass roots and local community level, in any field.


Match Funding Restrictions

Applicants should state what other sources of funding have been sought and secured.


The following exclusions apply:

  • Individuals.
  • Organisations which are not a registered charity.
  • Social and community welfare organisations whose main purpose is not related to Arts or Learning.
  • Retrospective funding.

 Application forms and guidelines are available from the website. There is also a list of grants made.

Application Procedure

Applications must be submitted with the relevant supporting documents. The Foundation may request further information or visit the organisation prior to passing the application to the trustees for consideration. Applications must be posted to the Chief Executive.

Addresses and Contacts

Application forms may be available body’s own website.

Contact details:
Chief Executive Foyle Foundation
The Foyle Foundation
Rugby Chambers
2 Rugby Street
London WC1N 3QU
Telephone:020 7430 9119
Contact details:
Main Grants Scheme Enquiries Foyle Foundation
Rugby Chambers
2 Rugby Street
Telephone:020 7430 9119
Contact details:
Small Grants Scheme Enquiries Foyle Foundation
Rugby Chambers
2 Rugby Street
Telephone:020 7430 9119