Baring Foundation – Arts and Older People Programme


Funding for professional arts organisations in the UK to commission work with older artists (70+).

Value Notes

Grants of between £5,000 and £25,000 are available.

Extended Description

The Arts Programme is provided and administered by the Baring Foundation.

The Foundation is inviting professional arts organisations to commission work with older artists (70+) who have the craft, the vision and the interest to explore age and ageing and to produce imaginative, original and compelling new works in any medium for public exhibition, performance, publication or digital distribution.

Latest Information

2014 First Stage application deadline: 1 September 2014.

Key Criteria

Professional arts organisations in the Uk are eligibe to apply.

The commissioning organisation will need to demonstrate a strong track record in commissioning and presenting arts of high quality, by artists whose work can have a strong impact on those who encounter it.

The lead applicant must be a not for profit arts organisation working in the UK, whose core purpose is commissioning, presenting, or producing arts (music, dance, theatre, visual arts, literature, film, or multi-disciplinary forms). Lead applicant arts organisations must have an income in 2013/14 of at least £400,000.

Education establishments, hospitals, care homes and housing associations, local authorities, general charities and other non-arts bodies may be involved but may not be the lead applicant.

Individuals may not apply but may approach arts organisations to work with their ideas towards a proposal.

The lead artist must be a person aged at least 70 by 1 January 2015 and have a significant record of achievement as a professional artist.

Eligible Expenditure

The programme will support a selection of up to ten newly commissioned artworks created by older professional artists (70+), who have the craft, the vision and the interest to respond to the theme of age and ageing and bring new and important insights to audiences.

Match Funding Restrictions

Applicants are expected to seek additional resources to maximise the scope, reach and impact of projects and will be able to mount a strong PR/press campaign to support the widest awareness of the work.

Application Procedure

First Stage application forms are available to complete online at the Foundation’s website. Applicants must complete an online eligibility quiz to access the form. Applicants will be required to upload a 1,000 word proposal which should explain:

  • A summary of the idea.
  • What kind of artist would be commissioned (their name and relevant work or an indication of the kind of art form/process the organisation would seek to pursue).
  • How their work will reach audiences.
  • How this proposal would relate to other work the organisation does or is planning.
  • The indicative cost of the proposal.
  • Any other partners the organisation would work with.

Contact the Baring Foundation for further information.

Addresses and contacts

Application forms may be available to download on this site – please see the downloadable files on the right hand panel at the top of this page – or alternatively please check the funding body’s own website.

Contact details:


Baring Foundation
60 London Wall

Telephone: 020 7767 1348



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