Trusts and Foundations

Trusts and foundations

The RWA is an independent charity (1070163) and only 1.2% of our costs are met with funding from the public purse (a £9,600 Openness grant from Bristol City Council).  The support of Trusts and Foundations is essential for us to run an engaging programme of activities for people of all ages, both at the RWA and right across Bristol, including areas of multiple deprivation in the community, and also our programme of exhibitions, bringing world-class art to the city and region, and giving exhibiting opportunities to emerging talents from diverse backgrounds.

We are currently seeking support towards our £3.8m Light and Inspiration capital project to secure the future of the organisation and save the galleries from major structural failure, as well as enriching our learning programmes. For more information on this project and to find out how your trust or foundation can help, please click here.

Further information

For more information on our work and how your trust or foundation can support the Royal West of England Academy, please contact Kate Foster, Head of Development (


We would like to thank the following trusts and organisations for their support:

Art UK
Arts Council England
Basil Brown Charitable Trust
Big Lottery Fund
Bristol City Council
Carr Gregory Trust
Clarks Foundation
Dame Violet Wills Will Trust
Derek Hill Foundation
Enovert Community Foundation
Foyle Foundation
Garfield Weston Foundation
Henry Moore Foundation 
J & M Britton Charitable Trust 
The Jeremy and John Sacher Charitable Trust​
The Lark Trust
Linbury Trust
National Lottery Heritage Fund
Joan Hawkins Fund
John James Bristol Foundation
Nisbet Trust​
Society of Merchant Venturers 
The Pilgrim Trust
The Pople Trust
Portishead Nautical Trust
Quartet Community Foundation
South West Museum Development Programme
Swire Charitable Trust 
Wolfson Foundation 
29 May Charitable Foundation 

Download a copy of our 2019-20 Annual Accounts below



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