Cockayne – Grants for the Arts

Fund now open.

Open Until:

Posted: 10/03/2022


Cockayne is a private foundation based in San Francisco and one of
the successor foundations of Columbia Foundation, a ground-breaking
philanthropic foundation founded along enlightened principles in 1940 by
Madeleine Haas Russell, mother of the current President of Cockayne and
her brother, William Haas. True to Madeleine Haas Russell’s belief that
young people can best discern the priorities of their time, in 2013
Columbia Foundation’s assets were divided between three successor family
foundations designed to involve the next generations in giving.
Cockayne is committed to carrying forward Columbia Foundation’s
commitment to make a difference for the good with special focus on how
this is achievable in the arts. 

Cockayne – Grants for the Arts is a donor-advised fund of The London Community Foundation.

Purpose To support art as a way of enriching life
experience. Grants are focused on arts projects in London that provide
opportunities to artists from diverse cultures for the creation,
development, performance, or exhibition in the performing (music, opera,
dance, theatre) literary, or visual arts.

Current priorities are

  1. New work or ground-breaking re-interpretations of classic repertoire
    that demonstrate the potential: for artistic excellence, to reach large
    and diverse audiences, and/or to make a significant, new contribution
    to the art form.
  2. Art that is experimental, risk-taking, and/or engages controversial issues.
  3. Projects that involve young artists.

Income Threshold None.

Closing date  December 19th 2016 at 9am


Please note: Arts projects that are primarily focused on social/political advocacy, community arts and arts-education programmes are not
a funding priority of Cockayne – Grants for the Arts. We do not fund
digital arts projects or films, including the the filming of
productions. Please do not apply if your project falls into one of these categories.

Grant size

  • Average grants range from £1,000 to £25,000, with a few exceptional projects being considered at a higher level.
  • Applicants should not apply for more than 20% of their overall
    project budget and must demonstrate clearly how additional funds for the
    project are to be raised.
  • Capital campaigns are rarely considered and only when improvement of
    the home of an arts organisation is its highest priority.
    Capital-campaign grants tend to be considered in the same range as
    programme grants.
  • Multi-year grant applications are not encouraged and are considered only very occasionally.

Geographic priority

Applicants must either be based in London, or delivering the proposed work in London.

Project dates

To help your planning. Projects for the next round
of the Cockayne – Grants for the Arts Fund should not start before July
2017. The Fund does not consider retrospective funding of projects.

To access the online application form please follow the link in the fund guidelines

To access guidance on completing the application form please see the document application form guidance.

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