How We Work

We are dedicated to imaginative and responsible project funding of the arts, with a particular focus on supporting emerging talent and excellence.

Our goal is to transform the lives and trajectory of exceptional artists and arts workers in the early stages of their careers by enabling them to develop and thrive, often in collaboration with leading UK arts organisations. We are committed to enabling a more equal and inclusive arts sector through our funding.

We have recently undertaken a strategic review and agreed a new Strategic Plan for 2019-22. Information about our new funding strands will be published here in early 2019.

Looking ahead, our funding will remain primarily focused on:
– UK-based artists and arts workers within the first 10 years of establishing their practice
– Excellence, in process and outcome

We will continue to work with organisations and directly with individuals.

Our work over 2019 includes:

Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowships

Poets are nominated to apply for three bursaries of £15,000 and substantial mentoring support to develop and enhance their practice, as part of a six-year initiative supporting poets in the UK. The Fellowships biannually reward creatively ambitious and generous poets who are making, or who are capable of making, a significant contribution to a community of poetry. They gift freedom, encourage creativity and potential, and inspire confidence while embracing excellence in poetic practice. This new collaboration between Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Arts Council England, is made possible using accrued interest from a bequest made the Arts Council together by Mr Joseph Compton in 1964, together with additional funds from Arts Council England alongside our own contribution.

Jerwood Visual Arts

Visual artists, makers and art writers can apply for opportunities offered by Jerwood Visual Arts, our national programme supporting visual arts practice. It has a dedicated website and Jerwood Visual Arts opportunities are also listed on our Opportunities page. We proactively look for the curators and organisations we work with and do not invite unsolicited applications for exhibition proposals.

Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries

This is a national talent development initiative creating work and training opportunities for 40 outstanding new graduates across the UK, specifically those from low-income backgrounds. The Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries 2017-19 programme is designed and managed by Jerwood Charitable Foundation in partnership with the British Council. It has been made possible through the combined support of Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence Fund, Garfield Weston Foundation, Jerwood Charitable Foundation, CHK Charities Limited and PRS Foundation.


Currently funded projects also offer opportunities that individuals can apply for directly.



We are able to support:

  • Individuals and organisations, including companies that are not registered charities (providing the project is charitable and meets our charitable aims).

We are not able to support:

  • Non-arts projects.
  • Building or capital costs (including purchase of equipment).
  • Projects involving those who have not yet left formal education.
  • Academic study or course fees, or any associated costs.
  • Formal or informal education or community participation work.
  • Projects which support artists who are not resident in the UK.
  • General rehearsal, touring, production or staging costs for performances or exhibitions.
  • Retrospective awards or funding for retrospective activity.
  • Grants towards the purchase of musical instruments.
  • Projects in the fields of religion or sport.
  • Animal rights or welfare appeals.
  • Social welfare.
  • General fundraising appeals.
  • Appeals to establish endowment funds for other charities.
  • Medical research.
  • Environmental or conservation projects.
  • Medical or mental health projects.

We do not invite proposals for projects which fall within these exclusions. Our Trustees may, at their discretion and where there are exceptional circumstances, opt to waive an exclusion.