The Foundation’s Impact Grants programme seeks to make a difference to Buckinghamshire through addressing target areas within arts and heritage, education and the environment. Following an initial phase that encouraged applications within relatively broad parameters, the programme has now adopted a more iterative and ultimately targeted approach, as outlined below.
The Foundation is interested in collaborative approaches to developing work within its broad policy areas. We are seeking to convene groups of organisations with relevant experience or expertise in order to refine our target areas and co-create interventions that might then form the basis of funding applications.
The current areas of focus are:
Arts for young people – we are seeking to encourage collaborative and sustained engagement between arts providers and schools, in order to give young people the benefits of long term engagement with the arts. This area will be the main focus for our Autumn 2019 funding round.
Criminal justice – we are interested in supporting the arts in secure settings as a way to improve opportunities and life chances. We plan to focus our collaborative approach on this area in our Spring 2020 funding round, although we may also fund stand-alone projects in this area in earlier rounds.
Food systems – we want to explore ways to address shortcomings of our current food systems, especially downstream issues of food waste and food insecurity. We plan to focus our collaborative approach on this area in our Autumn 2020 funding round, although we may also fund stand-alone projects in this area in earlier rounds.
If you feel your organisation may be able to help us and you would like to participate in our work, we encourage you to be in touch with us, initially by email to email@example.com. Please include the subject ‘Impact Grants’ followed by the relevant focus area as outlined above.
Following discussion with us, we may invite you to participate in developing our work within the three target areas noted above, or it is possible that we might invite a stand-alone application that addresses one of these areas. Guidance on applying, should you be invited to do so, is provided in the links below.