The Radcliffe Trust supports the development of the skills, knowledge and experience that underpin the UK’s cultural heritage and crafts sectors. This includes support for: craft and conservation training; practical projects, particularly those that include a strong training element; strategic and capacity-building projects which demonstrate clear benefits to the sector; Special Needs projects whose emphasis is on skills development. However, the Trust remains committed to flexible, open and inclusive grant-giving and will consider other projects, should they fall broadly within its remit. The Radcliffe Trust wishes to promote standards of excellence through all its support.

Applications will be forwarded to the Trust’s Heritage & Crafts Adviser, Ms. Carole Milner. If appropriate, she will then submit them for assessment by the Heritage & Crafts Committee. This, in turn, will make recommendations to the Trustees. Applicants will be informed if their requests have been recommended to the Trustees. The Trustees’ decision will be made known as soon as possible after their meeting.

To check eligibility and exclusions and to submit an application, please click here.

  • For consideration by the Trustees in June:  Our deadline is 31st January for applications to both the Music and Heritage & Crafts schemes
  • For consideration by the Trustees in December:  Our Heritage & Crafts scheme deadline is 31st July and our Music scheme deadline is 31st August

The application form will ask you to provide some budget information. If you have any questions or queries, please do contact our administrator on [email protected]

FAQs for both the Music Scheme and the Heritage & Crafts Scheme

  1. How do I apply?

    • Details of our application process can be found here.
  2. What is the deadline for applications?

    • For consideration by the Trustees in June: Our deadline is 31st January for applications to both the Music and Heritage & Crafts schemes.
      For consideration by the Trustees in December: Our Heritage & Crafts scheme deadline is 31st July and our Music scheme deadline is 31st August.
  3. Do you accept late applications?

    • The Radcliffe Trust receives more applications than we are able to support. Therefore, to be fair to those that have submitted their applications in good time, we will not consider late applications.
  4. Is it possible to get a faster decision?

    • We take care to present projects to the Trustees with the maximum consideration and this can take up to six months. No decisions are final until the minutes of the meeting have been approved.
  5. Can I apply as an individual?

    • We do not accept applications from individuals, only from organisations. Please see the specific scheme criteria for the ways in which the Trust supports individuals.
  6. I work with a not-for-profit organisation, can I apply?

    • The Radcliffe Trust does accept applications from CICs, CIOs and other not-for-profit organisations. However we will ask for copies of your accounts.
  7. How much can I ask for?

    • Grants are generally in the region of £1,000-£5,000. Applications for grants in excess of £10,000 as a one-off payment will generally not be considered.
  8. If my organisation has received three years of consecutive funding from The Radcliffe Trust Heritage & Crafts scheme, can we apply for further support?

    • Yes, but only after a one-year break.
      The Trust will not generally support a single organisation for more than three years without a break. If you have received three years of consecutive funding you may apply again after a one year break. Exceptions to this rule are partnerships approved by the Trustees.
  9. If my organisation has received three years of consecutive funding from The Radcliffe Trust Music scheme, can we apply for further support?

    • Yes, but only after a one year gap.
  10. What costs can I include in my application?

    • Please see scheme specific criteria for the ways in which the Trust is prepared to support organisational costs.
  11. Can we include core costs for Heritage & Crafts?

    • The Radcliffe Trust supports Heritage & Crafts projects, including training opportunities, but not fixed core costs. However, it accepts the principle of full cost recovery relating to a project and will consider the inclusion of a proportionate but limited share of your organisation’s overheads. We therefore request that, in breaking down the costs of your project for budgeting purposes, you distinguish clearly between the direct costs of a project and its associated overheads.
  12. I have more than one project that could be eligible. Can I put multiple projects into my application?

    • We will only consider one project for each application, so you must choose which project you think will most closely match the interests of the Trustees.
  13. Can I apply to both the Music Scheme and the Heritage & Crafts Scheme in a single grant round?

    • You cannot submit more than one application per organisation for each grant round, per scheme. You can submit an application to each of the schemes in the same round, however, we do ask you to make it clear on the applications that you have submitted to both schemes.
  14. I would like to make an application to the Music Scheme on behalf of a Quartet or Ensemble; is that possible?

    • We do accept applications from Quartets and Ensembles for Music Scheme applications.
  15. My project could fit into more than one category within the Music Scheme, what should I put?

    • Select the category most closely matching your project and if the Adviser wishes to reassign the category he or she will do so. There is no restriction on the number of applications accepted within any particular category; this is used to help us assess the variety of applications we receive.
  16. Can I send additional material in support of my application?

    • If we feel that additional information would help our assessment of your application, for example brochures, programmes or CVs, we will contact you to request it.
  17. Can I send photographs of my project?

    • If you feel photographs would clarify your application please attach no more than two using the budget upload option.
  18. If my application is unsuccessful can I still submit another application in the next grant round?

    • If your application is unsuccessful you are welcome to submit another application in the next grant round.

      If your application is successful you must not reapply for 12 months, or until the project previously supported has been completed, unless asked to reapply by the Trustees.

  19. Do you provide feedback on applications?

    • We do not provide feedback on unsuccessful applications.
  20. Do you visit all successful applicants?

    • The Trustees or Advisers do not visit all grantees, but may visit if they feel it is appropriate.

If you have a question regarding the Heritage & Crafts and Music schemes, please call our Administrator on 01285 841900

  • Beneficiaries will be asked to send a letter of acknowledgement on receipt of the grant for auditing purposes
  • Payment of each annual instalment of a grant is conditional on receipt of a satisfactory report of the previous year
  • A final report is required on all grants given
  • All reports should highlight the impact the grant has had and any significant learning that has come out of the project and that will be built on for the future

Grants for the conservation of historic furnishings and artworks in Church of England Churches in England can only be made through the Church Buildings Council (formerly Council for the Care of Churches) which receives a block grant from the Trust.
Applications from any other denominations should be made directly to the Radcliffe Trust.
If applicants are in doubt about the eligibility of their request, they should contact the administrator.

The Radcliffe Trust seeks to work collaboratively with other trusts and foundations. In this way information and expertise can be shared, processes improved and better support provided. In this spirit, RT was instrumental in setting up the Heritage & Crafts Funders’ Network (HCFN), an informal network of trust and foundations providing support to the Heritage & Crafts sector. More information on the HCFN can be found by clicking on the link below. This also leads to a Table of Basic Information on each of the grant-giving organisations, aimed at those who are seeking funding in the sector.

Please Click Here to open the table.

The terms and conditions of awards made by The Radcliffe Trust are as follows;

  1. The grant is made only for the purposes agreed by the Trust and awards are based upon the information supplied in the application.
  2. Beneficiaries must request the Trust’s permission before implementing any variations. The Trust reserves the right to claim back any grant or part of a grant which has not been used for the purposes agreed.
  3. Beneficiaries must inform the Trust of any underspend in a grant and any decision to claim back the grant or any part of a grant shall be at the sole discretion of the Trust.
  4. Organisations must keep proper and up-to-date records and accounts that show how the grant is being used. The financial records should be available to representatives of the Trust for inspection at reasonable notice.
  5. Grants should be spent within one year of being awarded, unless otherwise agreed.
  6. Grant recipients must acknowledge the support of the Trust in any reports, presentations or promotional material related to their funded project.
  7. Organisations and individuals will be expected to repay grants if they are found to have acted fraudulently or negligently. Any inaccurate disclosure or failure to disclose relevant information requested, will be grounds for seeking immediate repayment of any grant made. Any decision to claim back the grant or any part of the grant shall be at the sole discretion of the Trust.
  8. The grant is for the use of a particular organisation and must not be given, or transferred, to any third party.
  9. Any grant awarded cannot be used to pay for expenditure incurred or committed prior to the date of the grant notification letter.
  10. The payment of any instalment of a grant is conditional upon funds being available to make that payment.