Henry Moore Foundation Grants Programme

Support available for a wide range of projects and activities involving visual arts, particularly sculpture. Student bursaries, fellowships and grants are offered to universities, art institutions, galleries and museums. Typical projects include exhibitions, publications, commissions, conferences, workshops and lecture series.

Fund Information

Funding body:
Henry Moore Foundation
Maximum value:
£ 20,000
Application deadline:

Extended Description

The Henry Moore Foundation is a registered charity, set up in 1977, to advance the education of the public by the promotion of their appreciation of the fine arts, particularly the works of Henry Moore. It operates from Perry Green, Hertfordshire and at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds. The Foundation supports a wide range of projects and activities in the visual arts, especially aspects of the arts in which Henry Moore himself was engaged: sculpture, drawing and print-making.

Grants are available for the following activities:

  • New Projects – including exhibitions, catalogues and commissions.
  • Collections – to aid public institutions acquire, display and conserve sculpture.
  • Long Term Research and Development – to assist sculptural projects that require funding for more than one year.
  • Small Research Grants – academics, museum curators or independent scholars can apply for funding on the history and interpretation of sculpture.
  • Support for artistic residencies or fellowships.
  • Conferences, Lectures and Publications – these can be a book or a journal but not an exhibition catalogue or a permanent collection catalogue.
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowships – primarily to help scholars recently awarded PhDs to prepare a substantial publication or similar research output.

Projects in the UK may include the work of artists from any country and overseas projects must contain a British component, eg a British artist.

Eligibility Criteria

Applications are invited from not-for-profit institutions such as universities, museums and galleries, in the UK.

UK higher education institutions may apply for bursaries for postgraduate students.

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship applicants must demonstrate that they have an affiliation with a university department and must fulfil their university obligations during the first year.

Value Notes

In 2017-18 the Foundation is awarding grants to a total value of £500,000. Eligible costs include project costs.

The Foundation offers funding in the following categories:

  • New Projects – exhibitions; exhibition catalogues; commissions. Maximum grant is £20,000 but most grants are for less.
  • Collections – acquisitions; conservation; cataloguing; display. Maximum grant is £20,000 but most grants are for less.
  • Long Term Research and Development – Maximum amount is £20,000.
  • Small Research Grants – Grants of up to £2,500 are available for research costs, eg travel, photographs, archival access.
  • Support for Artists: Residencies or Fellowships – The Foundation awards grants worth up to £6,000 to artists supported by host institutions, for residencies or fellowships of between two and six months. Host institution should apply for the grant.
  • Conferences, Lectures and Publications – Sums of up to £5,000 are available for eg books and journals.
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowships – The Foundation awards a small number of two-year postdoctoral fellowships.


The following exclusions apply:

  • The Foundation does not award grants to individual applicants (except for the Fellowships grant), nor does it provide revenue expenditure.
  • Grants must not be used to pay any fee or to provide any other benefit to any individual who is a Trustee of the Foundation. Applicants should advise whether it is envisaged that any Henry Moore Foundation Trustee will have an interest in the project in respect of which a grant is sought.
  • Applications will not be considered retrospectively.
  • Support is not available for projects dedicated to painting.

Terms and Conditions

The following terms and conditions apply:

  • It is the Trustees’ policy to support sculpture, including projects and exhibitions which expand the definition of sculpture, such as film, photography and performance.
  • The key criterion is artistic quality; practical viability is also important.
  • The Foundation’s support should be acknowledged in any printed or online material related to the project. The grant should be acknowledged within the annual accounts/report for the year it was received. Failure to acknowledge the grant may result in future applications being rejected.
  • Successful applicants may be asked, at any time, to provide evidence that the grant has been used for the purpose for which it was awarded.
  • At the end of the project, applicants should send a copy of: all printed/online material; exhibition catalogue; publication; and annual report, by post to the Grants Administrator.

Previous Successes

Examples of the nature of previous grants awarded include:

  • Pier Arts Centre for the addition of Barbara Hepworth’s ‘Two Forms (Orkney)’ to its collection.
  • Haus der Kunst, Munchen, Exhibition: ‘Mark Leckey: As If’, 30 January-31 May 2015.
  • Museum, Cambridge: Technical analyses of 5 lay figures for Exhibition and Catalogue, ‘Silent partners: artist and mannequin from function to fetish’, 14 October 2014-25 January 2015.
  • University of Aberdeen: London: Small Research Grant, Dr Sally Foster, ‘Multiplying lives: casting light on the modern meanings and values of early medieval sculpture: Scottish pilot project’, August 2014.
  • Welwyn Garden City Library Services: conservation of Ebenezer Howard bust, 2013.
  • Two-year Postdoctoral Research Fellowship for Rebecca Wade at the Henry Moore Institute, 2013-2015.
  • University of Leeds Conference, ‘The production of ornament: reassessing the decorative in history and practice’, 21-22 March 2014.
  • Edinburgh College of Art publication, ‘Sculpture in translation’, published in ‘Art in translation’, 2014.

Application Procedure

Applicants should complete the online application form by the next closing dates of 6 March, 15 May, 8 September and 8 December 2017.

Applications are considered at quarterly meetings of the Foundation’s Grants Committee, which makes recommendations to the Board of Trustees. Results of meetings are conveyed to applicants (by letter post only).

Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Alice O’Connor
    Henry Moore Foundation
    Dane Tree House
    Perry Green
    Much Hadham
    SG10 6EE
    Tel: 01279 843333
    Fax: 01279 843647
    Email: alice@henry-moore.org

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