D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust Grant Programme

The D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust

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Grant amount: £500 - £5,000

Next anticipated deadline: Jun 18, 2020

Later anticipated deadlines: Oct 14, 2020, Feb 6, 2021

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program, Capital Project

Location of project: United Kingdom

Location of residency: United Kingdom

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The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust funds United Kingdom Registered Charities operating in the UK in the fields of the advancement of the arts, health and medical welfare and environmental protection or improvement

The objective of the charity are the advancement of the arts, health and medical welfare and environmental protection or improvement. The Trust is entirely separate from the objects of The D’Oyly Carte Opera Trust. 

Funding Priorities

The Arts

  • Promotion of access, education and excellence in the arts for young people to increase their opportunities to become involved outside school and to build future audiences with special emphasis on choral singing for children and young people to encourage recruitment into choirs
  • Access to the arts for people who have least access to them  
  • Performance development opportunitiesin the performing artsforthose in the early stages of their careers, encouraging involvement in the community through performances and workshops for the benefit of those with special needs and those who would otherwise have no opportunity to hear or participate in a live performance
  • Support for charities seeking to engage with young people on the fringes of society through music and drama projects to improve their employability and diminish the risk of social exclusion

Medical Welfare

  • Provision of music and art therapy to improve the quality of life for the elderly and the disabled, and in palliative care and in hospices, especially hospices operating in low income and/or remote parts of the UK.
  • 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 holidays for those carers who wouldn’t normally have a break from their responsibilities – and with emphasis on projects and schemes that allow young carers to enjoy being children
  • Support for charities seeking to rehabilitate young people on the fringes of society to improve their employability and diminish the risk of social exclusion

The Environment  

  • Conservation of the countryside and its woodlands, with emphasis on the encouragement of voluntary work and active involvement in hands-on activities, particularly activitiesthat bring about positive changes in the lives of young people.
  • Protection of species within the UK and their habitats under threat or in decline  
  • Heritage conservation within the UK based on value to, and use by the local community – the Trust favours projects that seek to create a new use for fine buildings of architectural and historic merit to encourage the widest possible cross-section of use. The Trust does not normally support major restorations but may support a specific element if identified as appropriate to the aims of the Trust.  
  • Rural crafts and skills in heritage conservation, with emphasis on increasingly rare skills that would otherwise be lost
  • Social and therapeutic horticulture: projects that use gardening or other environmental activities to bring about positive changesin the lives of those who are living with disabilities or ill-health

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Applicants must be UK Registered Charities, operating in the UK.
  • The organisation’s annual returns to the Charity Commission, the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator or the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland must be up-to-date.
  • The Trustees will consider applications for core costs or projects, and they also consider applications for matched funding.
  • The majority of the Trust’s grants are single grants over a one-year period.
    • Occasionally longer-term grants (usually up to 3 years) are agreed by the Trustees when deemed to have particular merit.


  • The trust prefers to direct their donations to those charities where their contribution will make a major difference. 


  • Advocacy 
  • Animal welfare 
  • Campaigning or lobbying 
  • Capital projects (unless a specific element falls within the Trust’s remit) 
  • Community transport organisations or services 
  • Conferences and Seminars 
  • Counselling and psychotherapy services 
  • Cultural Festivals 
  • Drug abuse or alcoholism rehabilitation 
  • Educational projects linked to the National Curriculum 
  • Endowments 
  • Exhibitions 
  • Expeditions and overseas travel 
  • Friend/Parent Teacher Associations 
  • General and round-robin appeals 
  • Individuals 
  • Large national charities 
  • Medical Research 
  • NHS hospitals for operational and building costs 
  • Organisations that are not Registered Charities (or accepted as Exempt Charities) 
  • Projects taking place or benefiting people outside the UK 
  • Recordings and commissioning of new works 
  • Religious causes and activities 
  • Routine maintenance of religious or historic buildings 
  • Replacement or subsidy of statutory funding or for work we consider should be funded by Government 
  • Sport 
  • Umbrella organisations 
  • Universities, Colleges and Schools (other than those dedicated to the arts) 
  • Schools, Nurseries and Playgroups (other than those for special needs children) 
  • Works to enable a building to comply with the Disability Discrimination Act 2010