Funding is distributed through three strands:

  • Open Grants– supporting organisations working with children and young people using the arts and creative media.
  • Legacy– supporting projects that continue the work and vision of Anne Wood, founder of the Foundation.
  • Advocacy– supporting initiatives that support the voice of and rights of children and young people

They only accept applications for funding through the Open Grants scheme. Periodically the Trustees may choose to make special grants outside of this scheme that align with the overall purpose and work of the Foundation. These are not open to application.

Open Grant Scheme

The Ragdoll Foundation’s Open Grant scheme has been designed to support the cultural sector’s work with children and young people. Their vision is to support projects where the concerns of childhood can be heard. All applications are expected to contribute to the Ragdoll Foundation’s primary purpose. They are a small foundation and seek to keep our administrative costs to a minimum and concentrate our resources on grant giving. Preference will be given to innovative projects that share the same values of imagination and creativity as the Ragdoll Foundation. In particular, those projects which have a deep commitment to listening to children and allow the perceptions and feelings of children themselves to be better understood.

They are mainly interested in applications that involve children during their early years, but appropriate projects for older children (up to 18 years) will also be considered.

They welcome applications of up to £50k though the majority of grants we make are likely to be in the region of £5k to £20k. Applications will be considered for both one-off short-term projects and for projects lasting up to three years.
How to apply: For more information please visit their website at:

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