How we’re funded
We currently receive a public sector grant from the National Offender Management Service of £75,000, about a tenth of our annual turnover and since 2015 this has been matched by a grant from Arts Council England as we became a National Portfolio Organisation. For the remainder, we rely on donations from individuals, businesses, trusts and foundations. We have no endowment, capital or reserves.
We couldn’t function without the extraordinary commitment and enthusiasm of staff across the establishments that enter the Koestler Awards. We’re especially grateful to Her Majesty’s Prison Service and the National Offender Management Service, which provide us with our premises next to HM Prison Wormwood Scrubs and help us distribute publicity, prizes and artworks across the criminal justice system.
We partner with prestigious arts venues across the country to make our ambitious exhibitions and events programmes possible. Recent collaborations include Southbank Centre, Glasgow Tramway, birmingham mac, Castlefield Gallery, Wales Millennium Centre, BALTIC, Bridlington Festival and the British Council (Venice Biennale).
Thank you to the following individuals and organisations who currently support the Koestler Trust with donations and grants, and to all those who wish to remain anonymous.