The Trustees’ main objective is to support new work

Given The Elephant Trust’s modest resources, grants have usually been limited to £2,000, but with the addition of the Shelagh Wakely Bequest some larger grants of up to £5,000 may be awarded.

Priority is given to artists in the fine arts and small organisations and galleries who should submit well argued, imaginative proposals for making or producing new work or exhibitions.  Successful applicants should leave a minimum of two years before reapplying for help with a new project.

Applicants are asked to consider these guidelines carefully, as well as the categories not supported, before applying, to be sure that their project falls within the remit of The Elephant Trust. 

Application process

Not supported:

  • Arts Festivals
  • Group Exhibitions
  • Charities organising community projects
  • Students
  • Educational or other studies
  • Residencies or research
  • Symposia or conferences
  • Theatres
  • Catalogues
  • Projects taking place outside the UK


Applications must be made through Submittable by following the link below.



Email applications are not accepted.

Contact details for enquiries only: ruth@elephanttrust.org.uk

Application Deadlines
Applications must be submitted by midnight on the following deadlines:
11 April 2021
27 June 2021

If you have not heard by 6 weeks after the application deadline then your application has not been successful.

Due to the volume of applications received, the Trustees reserve the right to discard any application which does not adhere to this application format.


Deadline: 27/06/2021 12:00 am (Timezone: Etc/Greenwich)

Exhibition Opportunity, Opportunities
Apply until 01/11/2021

Competition, Opportunities
Apply until 31/10/2021

Exhibition Opportunity, Opportunities
Apply until 31/10/2021