Northern Ireland – Arts and Older People Small Grants Programme

We are very pleased to once again to be part of a consortium of funders led by the Arts Council Northern Ireland. Grants are available up to £10k and the deadline is 29th September. Applications can only be made via this link to the Arts Council Northern Ireland Do not apply to the Baring Foundation.

Celebrating Age – Funding for cultural spaces to involve older people in England 

The Baring Foundation is delighted to be part of a £3 million new fund from the Arts Council England as a major new strand of our long term programme for arts and older people. The Fund is over two years and the first deadline for applications is 13th October. Applications will be administered by the ACE; do not apply to the Baring Foundation. Full details can be found here


Digital Arts and Creative Ageing Fund

The Baring Foundation has joined up with the Nominet Trust to create a new fund for engaging older people in the arts in the UK through digital technology. The fund is now open and applications must be received by the Nominet Trust by 16th August. Guidance can be found here: Digital Arts Creative Ageing and details of how to apply can be found on the Nominet Trust website.  Applications should not be sent to the Baring Foundation.


Inquiry into the Future of Civil Society – Invitation to Tender to Provide the Secretariat 

The Baring Foundation is coordinating a group of six leading independent funders (the Barrow Cadbury Trust, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK Branch), the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Lankelly Chase, the Lloyds Bank Foundation and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation) to fund an Independent Inquiry into the Future of Civil Society. We all feel that the time is right for a forward looking, searching and broad look at the potential for civil society’s contribution over the next decade or more. We are delighted that Julia Unwin has agreed to Chair the Inquiry when she steps down from her role as Chief Executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation at the end of this year.

We now need to appoint a secretariat of the highest quality for this important initiative. Tenders are invited by 19th September to the Baring Foundation . Full details of the brief are attached here.