The Trustees’ main objective is to support new work

Given The Elephant Trust’s modest resources, grants are usually between £2000 and £5000, but with the addition of the Shelagh Wakely Bequest some larger grants may be awarded.

In some cases awards may also be leveraged to receive subsequent funding from organisations such as the Arts Council. We encourage successful applicants to look into how they can use their award to unlock other funding.

Priority is given to artists in the fine arts and small organisations and galleries who should submit imaginative proposals for making or producing new work or exhibitions.  Successful applicants should leave a minimum of two years before reapplying for help with a new project.

Applicants are asked to consider these guidelines carefully, as well as the categories not supported, before applying, to be sure that their project falls within the remit of The Elephant Trust.  

Application process

Not supported:

  • Arts Festivals
  • Group Exhibitions
  • Charities organising community projects
  • Students
  • Educational or other studies
  • Residencies or research 
  • Symposia or conferences
  • Theatres
  • Catalogues
  • Projects taking place outside the UK