The Golsoncott Foundation was established as a Charitable Trust in July 1998 from the estate of the artist and sculptor Rachel Reckitt (1908-1995). An arts-funding trust, its 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 on a quarterly basis (February, May, August, November) to determine applications. Grants vary according to context but they do not exceed £5,000 and are normally given on a non-recurrent basis. Applications from individuals and students seeking funding for academic or vocational courses, are not admitted, though applications from organisations for bursaries are. Capital appeals from museums, galleries, theatres, arts complexes and schools are not encouraged.
The trustees when weighing up the many applications they receive will undertake a first appraisal; those considered suitable go forward to a final determination meeting. 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.
Many applications are received from organisations and other charities whose focus is not primarily on the arts but social, youth or educational work. Such laudable work though has at its core an instrumentalist bias towards inclusion and participation in the arts, rather than excellence and the promotion of the highest standards per se. As competition for grants is always fierce and only between one-in-four and one-in-six applicants who are considered in the determination meeting actually receive a grant, the trustees favour applications that focus upon the perfection or promotion of the art in question.
Additionally for those applications involving young people the trustees look to a long-lasting connection between them and the art form, one which aims at a significant level of participation and achievement, rather than projects that offer little scope for further involvement.
The grants made and the recipient organisations of recent years are tabulated in the notes attached to the Annual
Report and Accounts (Note 2 Grants Paid) submitted to the Charity Commission by the foundation,
see View Accounts at:
Aid in making an application may be downloaded from Guidelines:
All contact should be with the Administrator at the Charity’s registered office, Contact.