Jerwood Charitable Foundation is an independent grant-making foundation and UK registered charity dedicated to imaginative and responsible funding of the arts, with a particular focus on supporting talent and excellence. We work with exceptional, dedicated artists and producers enabling them to develop and thrive at important stages in their practice, often in partnership with leading UK arts organisations.
We make grants to organisations and individuals nationally, alongside delivering our strategic projects, currently the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries, a UK-wide bursary programme for new graduates from low-income backgrounds; and Jerwood Visual Arts, a national programme supporting visual arts practice.
Our aim is to aim to find, nurture and promote talent and to advocate for the best possible conditions for the making of art. We enable artists, arts organisations and the sector to explore and develop their talents and to make artistic work of the utmost strength and quality. Achieving excellence is at the heart of what we do. Our definition of excellence refers to the artistic, aesthetic and ethical integrity of the artists, arts organisations and projects that we support.
Supported by a board of Trustees we spend around £1.5 million each year including overheads. We were established in 1999 by Jerwood Foundation to take on and develop Jerwood’s UK project funding activity, and were gifted an endowment of £25 million by the Foundation in 2005.
Each of our funding relationships begins with a conversation and the majority of our partnerships and initiatives are proactively sought or developed. We also fund a small number of direct approaches from artists and organisations each year. In the work we support, we are seeking to provide specific, targeted and tangible artistic and/or professional development opportunities that are well planned and, crucially, well managed.
Who can apply
We only support projects benefiting artists or arts professionals who are not currently in formal education or training and who are based in the UK. Registered charities, individuals and organisations which are not registered as charities are all eligible to apply as long as their activity is charitable and meets our aims.
Our commitment to Jerwood Visual Arts means that we are rarely able to make grants for visual arts projects outside this programme.
Our role in the project
Where we are able and it is appropriate we may be the sole funder of a project. We also provide partnership or part-funding towards projects and run co-commissioned projects with other funders. We monitor our funded projects closely and sympathetically and require visible recognition of our support.
Grant funding available
Large Grants – £10,000 and over
Through this fund we develop strategic approaches to supporting artists and arts professionals through nurturing artistic or professional development programmes founded and run by established arts organisations. We also support new collaborations, commissioning initiatives, research and development initiatives which either enable experimentation or generate new work, and occasionally we may fund investigation into sectoral and/or policy provision which affects artists. These projects tend to be developed proactively or through ongoing conversation with potential applicants, and always respond to key needs and issues within arts sectors.
Small Grants – up to £10,000
Through this fund we explore new relationships, work directly with individual practitioners, take risks and support research and/or development for future ideas. At the heart of every small grant is a targeted or particular artistic, professional or sectoral development opportunity to be explored.