|D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust
This charitable trust makes grants in 3 key areas, and has now announced its funding priorities for the coming 3 years:The Arts: Access and participation in the arts for those who have least access to them with emphasis on choirs and singing to build community and bring people together; Support for charities seeking to engage with, and inspire, young people on the fringes of society
through music and drama projects to improve their employability and diminish the risk of social
exclusion; Performance development opportunities in the performing arts for those in the early stages of their careersMedical Welfare: Music and art therapy and non-clinical interventions that use singing, drama and musical techniques to aid recovery from illness and improve quality of life and mental wellbeing; 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 carers, with an emphasis on projects and schemes assisting young carersThe Environment: Social and therapeutic horticulture projects that embrace nature as a tool for mental wellbeing by using gardening or other environmental activities to bring about positive changes in the lives of those who are living with disabilities or ill-health; Active involvement in hands-on conservation activities, particularly those that bring about positive changes in the lives of young people living at the margins of society to improve their skills, build their confidence and break down barriers to their employment; Rural crafts and skills in heritage conservation, with emphasis on increasingly rare skills that would otherwise be lostGrants are usually in the range of £600 – £5,000. The next deadline for applications is 7th June – for more information, and to apply, visit the Trust’s website.