Outset Partners Grants Programme | FAQs

Please note that information will be updated on this site on an ongoing basis; a complete set of guidelines and instructions on how to apply will be posted once applications open on 9 September.

Who can apply?
The Outset Partners Grants Programme is only open to public and/or non-profit organisations who have been invited to apply.

How do I apply?
Applications should be submitted via an online application form. Only complete applications will be considered.

Please note we will not be able to accept applications that have been sent in by mail or posted to us.

When will full application details be available?
Institutions that are invited to apply will receive all related information and a link to the submissions platform on 9 September 2019. For your convenience, PDF copies of the application form will also be provided on this date, but will not be available before.

How are decisions made?
The judging panel is composed of Outset Partners who take decisions in close consultation with Outset’s Steering Committee – formed of a group of engaged individuals who have been ongoing patrons of Outset and/or sit on its Board of Trustees. Each Outset Partner has a voting right and is thus personally involved in the selection process.

What is the timeline?

Applications open on 9th September 2019 at 10.00am (BST) and close at midnight on 16th October 2019.

Following careful consideration and deliberation, and after a shortlisting process in January 2020, Outset Partners will convene in March 2020 to judge and select awarded proposals.

Successful applicants will be notified in March 2020 and grants publicly announced in May 2020.

Who may I contact for assistance?
The application and feedback process is managed by the Outset team. If you have any further questions,  please address them to grants@outset.org.uk. and we will get back in touch.

Who were the Grantees of the 2019 Outset Partners Grants Programme?
In its inaugural year, Outset Partners awarded the Transformative Grant to a joint initiative by The Whitworth, University of Manchester and Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Constituent Museum: Collecting Relations and the Transformational Potential of Arte Util.
The five Core Grants (renamed Impact Grants for 2020) were awarded to Hayward Gallery for the solo exhibition The Museum of Emotion by Kader Attia; Kunsthalle Basel for the first institutional show in Europe of Dora Budor, I Am Gong; the Victoria & Albert Museum for the delivery of the DesignLab Nation school programme in Stoke-on-Trent; Spike Island (Bristol), Chisenhale Gallery, Baltic (Gateshead) and The Whitworth for the joint commission, production and presentation of a new moving image work by Imran Perretta, the destructors; and International Curators Forum for a three-year initiative involving artistic and curatorial research as well as professional development leading to the second edition of the Diaspora Pavilion exhibition in Venice, 2021.