Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation

Grant Sources

Funding is available to not-for-profit organisations, including charities, companies and community trusts, for projects in the areas of culture and the arts that make a real and ongoing difference to people’s lives in the UK.

Objectives of Fund

Funding is for projects that make a real and ongoing difference to people’s lives in the UK.  The Trustees state that for grant purposes:

  • Real – means an appreciable and significant difference. For example, something that affects one person’s life to a great extent, possibly leading to a significantly improved probability that the person will be involved in the Arts on an ongoing basis (ie, by having a career in the Arts) and something that affects many people’s lives, (ie, through improved access to the Arts).
  • Difference – implies that the funding award contributes to something that would not otherwise happen, without the making of such awards. This might (but need not necessarily) include the overcoming of special difficulties/obstacles.
  • Ongoing – refers to something that is going to have a long-term benefit and an ongoing effect on people’s lives, rather than ‘an effect that is ephemeral’.

Priority will be given to projects that enable people to develop skills and careers in heritage and in all areas of the performing arts (music, dance and drama) but other areas will be considered.

Previous Success

Examples of previously awarded projects include:

  • Generation Arts – the grant will support the ‘Future Stage’ full-time course for young people no longer in education or work.  The course will incorporate acting and theatre-making training, a 6-week ensemble devising process, dedicated pastoral care and a professional mentor to support 21 participants through the programme.
  • Dad’s Rock Academy – the match funding grant will support their ‘Schools Rock’ project over the course of a year.  This will provide free rock music tuition in primary schools, guidance on forming bands for secondary school students, the provision of instruments and tutors, and training for students to carry on the project after it ends.
  • Music in the Round, based in Sheffield – the grant will provide bursaries for their ‘String Project’. An intensive two day project for young musicians of all levels with follow up workshops and performance opportunities, young people will play alongside and attend workshops with professional musicians.
  • Community and Youth Music Library – the grant will support the work of the library which promotes amateur and educational music making through their lending library of musical scores. Over three years, the grant will help fund the services of their professional music librarian, volunteer team and running costs.

Further examples can be found on the Foundation’s website

Value Notes

Funding is at the discretion of the Trustees.  The funding may be used for multi-year projects.

Match Funding Restrictions

It is expected that most applicants would have secured a significant proportion of funding prior to sending in their application.

Who Can Apply

Not-for-profit organisations, including charities, companies and community trusts, based and operating within the UK, are eligible to apply.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Have a proven track record for the project for which they seek funding.
  • Have a bank or building society account in the organisation’s name.
  • Be able to meet all laws regulating the way they operate, the work being carried out, the staff being employed and services bought. This includes all permissions and insurances required by law.
  • Have appropriate policies in place including but not limited to equal opportunities, employment law, and data protection.

The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Retrospective costs.
  • Pilot projects.
  • One-off events, such as an arts festival or production of a play.
  • Projects that ultimately profit a commercial organisation.
  • Projects and organisations which already have good commercial sponsorship opportunities.
  • Building a new venue where other funding has not been obtained.
  • Theatrical tours
  • (The Foundation does not award scholarship funding to individuals.)
  • Applications for heritage projects. (These are referred to The Architectural Heritage Fund.)
  • Projects taking place outside of the UK.
Eligible Expenditure

Recognising that these are difficult economic times to get a start in artistic life, the Trustees are currently prioritising projects that enable people to develop their abilities and careers. Applications to fund projects that provide professional training, apprenticeships and work place experience in all areas of the arts, from stone masonry to stage electricians, will be welcomed.

Since 2011, the Foundation has donated over £8.5 million to more than 120 projects providing high-quality training, career development, professional guidance, apprenticeship and work placement schemes across the arts. All programmes have demonstrated their ability to make a real difference to improve the quality of life both for individuals and within local communities.

To be eligible, projects should:

  • Fulfil the Foundation’s charitable objectives.
  • Target those who would not otherwise be able to participate, either due to lack of funding or access to the provision in other identifiable ways.
  • Make a difference to people’s lives.
  • Have a proven track record.
  • Be viable and sustainable.
  • Provide an ongoing benefit.
  • Have a creditable history of being successful in its objectives.
  • Be well managed.
  • Have a budget plan provided that shows a realistic outcome.
  • Show the quality of the activity in relation to the arts, culture and/or heritage.
  • Show the quality of skills that will be taught.
  • Provide professional tuition or education.

Priority will be given to the areas of performing arts (music, dance and drama) but other areas will be considered.

Examples of recently funded projects include:

  • Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • Birmingham Rep
  • Clean Break
  • Children’s Hospice South West
  • National Orchestra for All
  • National Theatre
  • The BRIT School
  • Wilton’s Music Hall
How To Apply

Applications must be completed using the online process which can be found on the Foundation’s website.  Applicants will be asked to provide:

  • Information on their organisation.
  • Daytime contact details for someone within the organisation
  • An overview of the project or work for which funding is being sought.
  • Details of how the project will make a difference to people’s lives.
  • Information on the amount of funding being requested and funding received or secured to date.

To apply go to the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation website 

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