The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation is a charitable foundation and maintains a small funding stream open to R&D proposals closely related to their strategic aims: Cultural Understanding, Fulfilling Potential and the Environment.

The Foundation are looking for projects that:

  •  Scope a new idea to address a specified need or implement new approaches that are already successfully applied in other sectors or outside the UK;
  •  Are relevant to our programme of work and meet one or more of the objectives in our strategic aims; please see below and on the Partnerships & Initiatives pages;
  • Have a clearly articulated vision of how the work will impact beyond the project lifetime
  • Address and evidence a clearly identified need

What can you apply for?

  • As a guide, grants are likely to average between £10,000 and £30,000.
  • Funding is given for the specific activity proposed and not for general core costs.
  • Although we may occasionally give further funding for projects that are developed as a result of the R&D support, we stress that we do not guarantee continued support.
  • We are open to co-funding projects but not where our contribution is a small part of a much larger budget.
  • Please note that the budget allocated for unsolicited proposals is modest and we approve only a small number of projects each year.

Who can apply?

· The Foundation only accept proposals from not-for-profit organisations based in the UK or Republic of Ireland. If you are not a registered charity or a Community Interest Company, you must be able to demonstrate not-for-profit status and that your constituting document does not allow for any surplus to be distributed to members. We do not fund individuals.

· We only fund projects that take place in the UK or Republic of Ireland and directly benefit people in those countries. However, we are particularly interested in proposals that may also involve international partners or that emulate good practice in other countries.

Initial Enquiries can be submitted at any time of the year but please allow at least three months between submission and the proposed starting date.

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New Belfast Community Arts Initiative trading as Community Arts Partnership is a registered charity (XR 36570) and a company limited by guarantee (Northern Ireland NI 37645).Registered with The Charity Commission as New Belfast Community Arts Initiative - NIC105169.