Many applications are received from organisations and other charities whose focus on the arts is part of their wider social, youth, educational, faith-based, or therapeutic work. Such work is laudable, though its primary concern is with participation in the arts rather than excellence and the promotion of the highest standards. Given the fierce competition for grants, the trustees favour applications from arts organisations whose raison d’être is the art form itself, and its perfection or excellence in performance.
Additionally where applications concern young people, the trustees are interested in a long-lasting connection between them and the art, rather than a project offering little scope for further involvement.
Recent recipients of grants are shown in a separate table.
The Golsoncott Foundation, established as a Charitable Trust in July 1998 from the estate of the artist and sculptor Rachel Reckitt (1908-1995) is an arts-funding trust whose declared object is ... to promote, maintain, improve and advance the education of the public in the arts generally and in particular ... the fine arts and music.
The Trustees meet in early March, June, September, and December, though occasionally in late February, May, August and November. Those applications deemed suitable, after a first appraisal, are then considered at a quarterly determination meeting. Grants rarely exceed £3,000, and are given on a non-recurrent basis with some exceptions. Applications from individuals seeking funding for academic or vocational courses are not accepted, though applications from institutions for general bursary funds will be considered. Similarly applications from schools are not encouraged, neither are capital appeals from museums, galleries, theatres, arts complexes, or other projects, except by invitation.
The trustees overriding concern is to support those projects that demonstrate and deliver excellence in the arts, be it in performance, exhibition, artistic craft, or scholarly endeavour.