Said Foundation – Amal Grants Programme

Status:  Open to applications


Description

Grants to support a variety of high-quality arts and cultural activities that aim to further the objectives of increasing understanding of Britain’s Muslim communities among people of other faiths and none and fostering a stronger sense of belonging in the UK among its Muslim communities.


Details

Maximum Value: £ 50,000

Value Notes

Grants of up to a maximum of:

  • £25,000 for funding in a single year.
  • £40,000 for funding spread over two years.
  • £50,000 for funding spread over three years.

Extended Description

The Said Foundation is a British charity founded in 1982 by international businessman and philanthropist, Wafic Said, and his wife Rosemary.

Amal (‘hope’ in Arabic ) is a programme of the Said Foundation making grants in the UK in support of a rich diversity of arts projects and activities, including storytelling, visual arts, theatre, poetry, film, music and dance.

The programme aims to further the following dual interlinked objectives:

  • To increase understanding of Britain’s Muslim communities among people of other faiths and none.
  • To foster a stronger sense of belonging in the UK among its Muslim communities.

Projects need to take place in London, Birmingham and/or Bradford or in multiple locations around the UK.                          


Key Criteria

Applications will be considered from:

  • Registered UK charities which are:
    • Arts, cultural and educational organisations (eg, arts centres, museums, galleries, performing arts
    • spaces and companies, heritage organisations, etc.).
    • Established community groups.
    • Other not-for-profits.
  • Local authority cultural organisations.
  • Schools.
  • Community Interest Companies, Companies Limited by Guarantee and potentially other kinds of company or partnership.

Eligible Expenditure

The funding is for project costs.

Proposed project need to show they are a high quality arts and cultural activity and would fulfil all of the following criteria:

  • Meet one or both of Amal’s objectives and abide by the spirit of its values.
  • Take place in London, Birmingham and/or Bradford or in multiple locations around the UK.
  • Engage audiences and/or participants that are significant in terms of numbers and/or profile.
  • Include a participatory and personal element to enhance the experience of “encounter” between and among artists, audiences and/or participants (such as question and answer sessions or workshops)."

Priority will be given to projects that would advance one or more of the following:

  • Connect Muslim and other organisations or groups in a locality.
  • Incorporate diversity (faith, ethnicity, gender, age and disability) within the project’s programming, audiences and/or participants.
  • Particularly engage audiences and/or participants under the age of 30.
  • Present strong role models for an inclusive, diverse society.
  • Produce associated resources or media content to extend the reach of the project.
  • Leverage the Amal grant to secure additional funding from other sources.

Restrictions

The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Individuals. (Individual arts are, however, encouraged to apply in partnership with a host organisation or venue.)
  • Religious organisations that proselytise or make access to their community services conditional on religious practice.
  • Appeals.
  • Capital/building/endowment costs.
  • Organisational (as opposed to project) running and staff costs.
  • Retrospective funding.
  • Projects outside the UK.
  • Proposals that benefit only one individual.
  • Debt repayment.
  • Activities related to or promoting political parties or their programmes.

Application Procedure

There are no deadlines. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Please note, however, that the Foundation will close to applications when and if demand has been great and available funding has been fully utilised.

There is a two-stage application process. Applicants should first read the guidance notes and then submit the stage one application form which can be found on the Foundation's website.

The funder will respond within four weeks of receipt of the stage one application.

Contact the Said Foundation for further information.


Addresses and contacts

Application forms can be found here on their website.
Contact details:
Amal
Said Foundation 
24 Queen Anne’s Gate 
London 
SW1H 9AA
Telephone:
020 7593 5427
Email:
hello@amal.org.uk