Grants are available for poetry and literature initiatives aimed at children and young people under the age of 19 years across the UK.
The Programme provides grants ranging from £1,000 to £10,000. The grant itself can only be made in respect of a single institution, but partnership applications from linked organisations are encouraged.
The overall project budget must be less than £20,000.
The Clore Poetry and Literature Awards is a £1 million initiative aimed at funding poetry and literature initiatives for children and young people across the UK. The overall objective of the Programme is to provide young people under the age of 19 years with the opportunity to experience poetry, literature, and creative writing both inside and outside of school, in compelling and exciting forms.
The Foundation does not have strict criteria for project proposals and applicants are encouraged to be as creative and imaginative as possible. However, the Foundation's Trustee will take into account the following:
- The proposed beneficiaries of the project.
- Plans for sustaining the benefits of the project, after the funding period has ended.
- The extent to which the project represents good value for money.
- The proposal's potential to serve as a model of good practice for future projects.
Organisations that have received a grant from the Foundation are unable to apply for additional funding until at least two years after the completion of the project. Organisations that may have been rejected previously are welcome to re-apply to the Programme with a different project.
The Foundation will not support:
- Publishing and commercial organisations.
- Organisations based outside the UK.
- Projects with an overall budget of more than £20,000.
Grants cannot be used to cover the following project costs:
- General appeals.
- Ticket subsidies.
- The purchase of:
- Computer software.
- DVDs and CDs, except in relation to the proposed project
- Staff costs.
- Academic research.
- Capital costs.
- Professional development and training for teachers and others who work with children and young people – unless directly associated with the project and representing no more than 25% of the budget.
- ‘Business as usual’: the project should be something new for the organisation.
Eligible applicants include:
- Professional literature, poetry and creative writing organisations, and libraries.
- Primary, middle, secondary, special schools, sixth form colleges, academies and Further Education colleges.
- Other arts/cultural organisations (eg museums, galleries etc.) are eligible to apply but must provide a clear rationale for their proposed literature/poetry projects and evidence of requisite specialist input.
- Established community groups.
- Not-for-profit organisations.
Partnership applications from linked organisations are encouraged; however, grants can only be made in respect of a single institution.
The Foundation prefers to be the major funding body. There is no requirement to seek match funding.
Funding is available to promote creative reading and writing for pleasure to children and young people. The foundation is particularly keen to see projects that include:
- A celebratory/community component to projects and innovative approaches to the performance/presentation of writing and literature.
- The impact of funded projects and how great ideas can be embedded within the applicants practice for the future (documenting the process involved is therefore important).
- The potential for projects to serve as models of good practice for others, including the planning and evaluation processes which show intended outcomes and impact.
- Images and music, but the written or spoken word must be central to the project.
The Awards are for new projects rather than for a repeat or extension of an existing project. The total project budget should not exceed £20,000.
The completed application form must be submitted to the Foundation together with:
- A project summary (max. 500 words).
- A detailed budget breakdown for the project.
- Copy of the organisation's most recent audited accounts.
- Copy of the organisation’s most recent annual report (or school governor’s report if appropriate).
- Education policy document (if available).
Applications will be accepted in hard copy only - emailed or faxed entries will be disqualified.
Organisations will be notified of the outcome of their application within 6-8 weeks of submission.