The Elephant Trust Grant Programme – United Kingdom

The Elephant Trust Grant Programme – United Kingdom

The Elephant Trust was created in 1975 by Roland Penrose and Lee Miller with a view to develop and improve the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the fine arts in the United Kingdom.

The Elephant Trust also administers three other trusts:

  • The George Melhuish Bequest

  • The Shelagh Wakely Bequest

  • The Joanna Drew Travel Bursary which will be offered each summer to a Curator needing to travel to further experience or studies


    ‘To bear in mind at all times an original, inquisitive, open-minded, generous and unshockable approach to art in all its forms with a bias towards the visual arts.’

    This injunction, laid down by the original Trustees of The Elephant Trust, embodies the spirit of its founders, Roland Penrose and Lee Miller, and remains the cornerstone of the Trust’s policy today.

    The Trust was set up in 1975 to make it possible for artists and those presenting their work to undertake and complete projects when frustrated by lack of funds. It is committed to helping artists and art institutions/galleries that depart from the routine and signal new, distinct and imaginative sets


    The Trustees’ main objective is to support new work

    Given The Elephant Trust’s modest resources, grants have usually been limited to £2,000, but
    with the addition of the Shelagh Wakely Bequest some larger grants of up to £5,000 may be awarded.

    Priority is given to artists in the fine arts and small organisations and galleries who should submit well argued, imaginative proposals for making or producing new work or exhibitions. Successful applicants should leave a minimum of two years before reapplying for help with a new project.

    Applicants are asked to consider these guidelines carefully, as well as the categories not supported, before applying, to be sure that their project falls within the remit of The Elephant Trust.

    Not supported:

  • Arts Festivals

  • Group Exhibitions

  • Charities organising community projects

  • Students

  • Educational or other studies

  • Residencies or research

  • Symposia or conferences

  • Theatres

  • Catalogues

  • Projects taking place outside the UK

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; The Elephant Trust Grant Programme – United Kingdom

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