Applications for Funding

If you are involved with a project which you believe the Trust should consider supporting please see the guidance below.

Below are the Trust’s Criteria for Support which outline the aims of the Trust and provide a guide towards to the sort of projects with which it would like to become involved. Any applications which closely match the criteria or fulfill them imaginatively will be favourably considered. You should note that the interests and motivations of the Trust are likely to be different to those of other organisations which provide funding in Oxford such as university or college drama societies.

There are two main types of financial support: grants and backing.  Grants are a single payments for projects that have no income.  Backing is a loan of money that is paid back on a proportional basis from any income generated on the project. 

Clearly other considerations will be taken into account such as the extent of Trust’s available funds, the quality of the production team and the quality of other applications.

Please note: we a trialling a stricter timetable for grant applications, starting from April 2017. Details are below.

Criteria for Support

General Criteria

The Trust’s priority in education in the arts. This includes both the education of would-be or emerging arts professionals and the promotion of arts participation and appreciation to the general public.

Within the range of projects that meet the above criterion, the Trust will favour projects which:

  • Are unlikely to get support from other sources
  • Have budgets in which the Trust can make a significant impact (our minimum share of the budget would normally be 10%)
  • Will benefit groups rather than individuals
  • Have clear artistic and social benefits

The Trust will endeavour to support projects based in the City of Oxford and the University of Oxford where possible and, specifically, projects from Brasenose College.

The Trust can give ‘in-kind’ support in the form of knowledge and advice as well as financial support in the from of grants and backing.

In the event of several applications of equal quality, the Trust may choose to select several which represent a wide range of arts activities and/or beneficiary groups.

Criteria for specific types of project

Projects with a potential income:

  • As long as it is run on a not-for-profit basis, a project with a potential income (such as a ticketed event or a book that can be sold) will normally be given backing rather than a grant. Sometimes though a grant may be given to an aspect of the project which can be treated separately, such as paying the transport costs for a school party attending the event.
  • Commercial and profit-share projects will not normally be backed.  In exceptional circumstances, a specific contract for these would be used.

Projects benefiting individuals:

  • A project solely benefiting an individual, including costs of training, will not normally be supported, although an aspect of the project which can be treated separately and where the grant can pay for a specific benefit, such as paying for printing costs for a book that will enable others to share what the individual has learned, will be more likely to receive a grant.
  • A group project through which individuals may benefit, such as a competition with prizes, is subject to the same restrictions as a project solely benefiting an individual. This does not affect the right of the Trust to organise, promote and run competitions of its own.


These criteria are guidelines only. The Trustees reserve the right to make a final decision as a group or by electing an officer to decide on their behalf.

How to Apply

To apply for funding, use the form below. If this is not possible because you need to send multiple files or a file over 2MB please use Dropbox, Google Drive or something similar and send us the link. If this is not possible, email us to discuss other options.

Applications should be as succinct as possible while including at least the following information:

  • Practical details of the project (e.g. title, dates, venue)
  • A description of your artistic vision
  • Details of the educational value of the project (for team members or wider public)
  • A budget including predicted income and expenditure
  • Details of the key team members (e.g. director, producer, set designer)
  • How you will attract an audience

 If we required additional information to inform our decision, we will contact you. If you have any queries about how to apply, please feel free to contact us at the above addresses.

When to Apply

We look at applications on a termly basis. Applications for underwriting will generally be decided early in the university holidays. To be safe, please apply one term ahead of your activity. (Of course you do not have to have anything to do with universities to apply - using university terms and holidays is just a convenient way of structuring our work.)

We are trialling a stricter system of dates for grant applications starting from 1st April 2017. Currently, these are:

For projects taking place from Feb onwards: deadline for applications is the first Monday in December, with results announced in the first whole week in January or before.
For projects taking place from June onwards: deadline for applications is the first Monday in April, with results announced in the first whole week in May or before.
For projects taking place from October onwards: deadline for applications is the first Monday in August, with results announced in the first whole week in September or before.

Please note that this is a new system we're testing and is subject to change. 


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