D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust


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

Current Status
Open for Applications
Maximum value:
£ 6,000

Objectives of Fund

The funding is for charitable work in the UK that addresses the objectives of the Trust, which are:

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

Value Notes

Grants generally range from £500 to £6,000.

The majority of grants are one-off grants for one year.

Who Can Apply

Applications are accepted from UK registered, exempt or excepted charities working within the UK for the benefit of UK residents.

To be eligible, organisations’ annual returns to the Charity Commission, the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator or the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland must be up to date.


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 or developments.
  • Community transport organisations or services, air ambulances, requests for vehicles.
  • Conferences and seminars.
  • Counselling and psychotherapy services.
  • Drug abuse or alcoholism rehabilitation.
  • Educational projects linked to the national curriculum.
  • Endowments.
  • Exhibitions.
  • Expeditions and overseas travel.
  • Feasibility studies.
  • Festivals (other than those dedicated to the arts).
  • General and round-robin appeals.
  • Grant-making organisations.
  • Individuals.
  • Large national charities.
  • Prisons.
  • Medical research.
  • NHS hospitals for operational services.
  • Nurseries and playgroups (other than those for special needs children).
  • 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.
  • Sport.
  • Statutory services including state schools (other than those for pupils with disabilities).
  • Umbrella organisations.
  • Universities, colleges and schools (other than those dedicated to the arts).

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

Eligible Expenditure

The funding is to be used for core costs and projects. The Trustees favour small-scale, locally based initiatives.

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.
  • 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 quality of life.
  • 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 breaks for those carers without regular support – and with emphasis on projects and schemes that allow young carers to enjoy being children.

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 and help them to experience the value of nature.
  • 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.

How To Apply

The next deadline for applications is 15 June 2022.

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. Application forms are available to complete online at the Trust’s website. Applicants should read the guidelines before starting the application form.

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