Established in 2000, the Ragdoll Foundation is an independent grant making organisation ‘supporting the creation, appreciation, and awareness of content that reflect the world from a child’s point of view’.
Where is the money from?
The foundation was created in 2000 with a 15% share of profits from Ragdoll Productions, a company making children’s television. In 2009, Ragdoll’s back catalogue was sold, releasing funding into the foundation.
What funds are available?
The foundation has awarded grants of over £500,000, averaging between £5,000 and £20,000.
Who qualifies for the funds?
Organisations delivering charitable projects are invited to apply for funding from the Ragdoll Foundation, providing they meet the eligibility criteria. Individuals are not eligible to apply.
What types of projects work best?
The Ragdoll foundation has clear aims and objectives for its funding. Given they are a small charity with limited resources, they stress the importance of ensuring your project qualifies for funding and have provided a list of criteria to assess your eligibility. Their website gives details on projects they will consider, but they must;
- Be of strategic value for the organisation and / or the sector
- Have the potential to become models of good practice
- Include high quality evaluation and sharing of learning / outcomes
- Involve children in their early years (0-10 years old)
- Listen to children and allow their perceptions and feelings to be better understood
- Take place outside of London
- Value children’s imagination and creativity
How can I apply and when?
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Visit their website for details on how to apply.
Thomas’ 3 Top Tips for Applying
The Ragdoll Foundation has clear objectives for what they want their funds to achieve. The statistics published on their website show from the just over 6% of applicants were successful, so it pays to ensure you meet both their eligibility criteria and funding objectives.
To access funds, you must be able to demonstrate that you have a solid idea which delivers on their mission, and that you can deliver it.
- Check your eligibility
Check the Ragdoll Foundation’s eligibility criteria for funding, and read their application guidance.
- Have a clear proposal
As with any successful application, you must clearly identify the following:
- What is the problem/issue/situation, how you know it exists, and who is it affecting?
- What is the aim of your project, how will you deliver it, how much will it cost, and what will a successful outcome look like?
- How will you track the progress of the project and evaluate its success?
- Check the details
Ensure you have supplied all the documentation required and the application is written using simple language and free from errors.
Ask someone else to review the proposal as your own mistakes are harder to spot, preferably someone who is unfamiliar with your organisation or project to make sure you’re getting the message across clearly.