Clore Poetry and Literature Awards

The Clore Duffield Foundation has launched a new Small Grants Programme to replace its previous one. Called the Clore Poetry and Literature Awards, grants of between £1000 and £10,000 will be available over the next five years to support projects working with children and young people so that they can experience poetry and literature in compelling and exciting ways, in and out of school. Grants are available throughout the UK.


The Clore Poetry and Literature Awards replace the Clore Duffield Foundation’s previous Small Grants Programme. £1 million will be available over the course of the next five years from 2011 to 2015.

Grants of between £1000 and £10,000 will be available throughout the UK over the next five years to support projects working with children and young people so that they can experience poetry and literature in compelling and exciting ways, in and out of school. Projects should reveal the power of literature to young people, showing how it can be used to put words together to create new meanings and express ideas, feelings and opinions.

There will be two application rounds each year, and Round One closes on 20 May 2011.

Who can apply and for what?

Applications are welcome from:

  • Primary, middle, secondary, special schools, sixth form colleges, academies and further education colleges;
  • Professional literature, poetry and creative writing organisations, and libraries;
  • Other arts/cultural organisations (e.g. museums, galleries etc.), but they must provide a clear rationale for their proposed literature/poetry projects and evidence of appropriate specialist input;
  • Established community groups;
  • Not-for-profit organisations;
  • Partnership applications are welcome but there must be a lead body.

Projects must involve participatory learning opportunities and programmes focused on literature, poetry and creative writing for under-19s. The activities can involve images and music, but the written and spoken word must be central to the project. All projects must be tailored to specific groups of young people and the following will not be supported:

  • Ticket subsidies;
  • The purchase of books, CDs, DVDs, computer software or similar except in relation to a participatory project;
  • Staff posts;
  • Capital costs;
  • Subsidies for existing work.

Professional development and training of teachers can be included within the project grant but cannot constitute more than 25% of it.

Value for money is regarded as a key application assessment criterion and cost-effectiveness will be taken into account.

The Clore Duffield Foundation prefers to be the main funder of the project. They are quite happy to fund 100% of the project costs. If your project costs more than £10,000 they are prepared to be a part funder but the total project cost must not exceed £20,000 and you must show how the additional funding has been/will be secured.

Timing is important. Retrospective funding is not allowed so plan for at least a three month delay between making your application and receiving a grant. Also, once you have received a grant you will not be able to reapply for at least two years. Rejected applicants can reapply again but only for a completely new project.

Any other priorities?

Aside from requiring that the project is participatory, the trustees are open-minded about other aspects of how the project is run:

  • There is no hard and fast definition of what is literature or poetry.
  • The number of, and type of beneficiary must be detailed in the application.
  • Creativity and imagination will be important assessment criteria.
  • Priority will be given to work with young people who have not experienced literature and poetry in a participatory way before and which provides new experiences for them.
  • School-based projects should enhance the curriculum but need not be based on it.
  • Projects that promote creative writing and reading for pleasure, drawing on the full range of styles and genres, will be favoured.
  • The Foundation is especially keen to see a celebratory/community component to projects and innovative approaches to performance and presentation.
  • You will need to explain how the learning from the project will be embedded in your future work.
  • Projects where monitoring and evaluation are important tools to enable the project to serve as a model of good practice will be especially welcome.

Further information and how to apply.

An information leaflet explaining the Clore Poetry and Literature Awards is available at

There is an application form, which you can download via a link at

All applications will be acknowledged, and unsuccessful applicants will hear within four weeks of the closing date. Those with grants will hear within four to six weeks of the closing date, though a site visit may be required.

There will be two closing dates each year from the spring of 2011 to the autumn of 2015.

The Clore Poetry and Literature Awards
Clore Duffield Foundation
Studio 3
Chelsea Manor Studios
Flood Street

Tel: 020 7351 6061.

Closing date: The first application round closes on 20 May 2011.


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