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The Garrick Club

Charitable Trust

If you are professionally involved in the arts, you or your organisation may be eligible for a grant from the Garrick Charitable Trust. This page is designed to tell you all about the Trust and how to apply for a grant.

Named after the great actor-manager David Garrick, the Garrick Club in London has an outstanding theatrical and artistic background. It was founded in 1831 and occupies a building in Garrick Street on the edge of Covent Garden, in the heart of London’s theatreland. Many legendary actors, directors, writers and artists have been members, from Charles Dickens and Sir Henry Irving in the nineteenth century to Lord Olivier, Sir John Gielgud, Lord Attenborough and Sir Donald Sinden in the modern era.

The playwright and writer AA Milne, best known for his creation Winnie the Pooh, was also a devoted member. He bequeathed to the Garrick Club a portion of his estate. In 2001, the Club sold its interest in the estate to the Disney Corporation. Some of the money was used to establish the Garrick Charitable Trust. In its first seven years, it has made 300 grants totalling almost £1.2 million.

About The Trust
Like the Garrick Club, the Trust aims to encourage theatre, music, literature and dance. The Trust is independent of the Club. We focus on helping professional organisations in need of financial support. We have a particular interest in helping actors, directors, writers, musicians, composers and choreographers in the early stages of their careers.

If you apply, you will need to show that the amount of money you request will make a real difference to your organisation’s future, for example by raising the standard of performance or achieving bigger audiences.

Who Can Apply For A Grant

Before you apply, please check whether your project falls within the Trust’s criteria for funding. We will only consider applications from organisations which are involved in theatre, music, dance or literature. You must be a Registered UK Charity. We explicitly support proposals which help professionals to develop their careers and this should ideally include an element of genuine and significant mentoring or coaching. We prefer projects where our modest contribution may make a real difference. Please note that we do NOT support the following: drama, dance or music conservatoire training or academic studies; amateur productions; projects outside the UK; capital appeals. Grants will normally be in the range of £2,500-£5,000 and may sometimes be granted for more than one year. We ask organisations receiving a grant to wait three years before reapplying.

There is no deadline for applications but the Trustees meet quarterly, usually in early March, June, September and December and applications should be received in good time before a meeting to be considered. Please ensure you take note of the application process below and allow sufficient time for your application to be reviewed. We do not make retrospective grants.

How to Apply For A Grant

Step 1 – Letter Requesting Support
First, please write a short letter, preferably one but no more than two pages, perhaps with a publicity flyer. Submit your letter by email to charitabletrust@garrickclub.co.uk. In your letter please tell us: about your organisation, including its registered charity status, and the project you want us to support; how much money you are asking for; how your organisation will benefit from a grant and what will happen if you do not receive a grant. This request will be considered at the first available Trustees’ Meeting.

Step 2 – Application Form
Occasionally we are able to make an immediate grant but normally we will send you an Application Form, asking for more detailed information about your request and your organisation, which will then be considered at the next Trustees Meeting. The Application Form also asks you for your most recent accounts and income, including earnings and support in kind. You may wish to include CVs of the people involved in the project, reviews of previous productions or publicity flyers.

For more information please contact:

Sarah Charles
Email: charitabletrust@garrickclub.co.uk

Please email any queries and we will endeavour to respond as soon as possible.