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Registered Charity Number 278844

The Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Trust offers financial assistance to British artists, sculptors, writers, musicians and dancers.

Background to the Trust

The Trust was established under the Will of Mrs Geraldine Elsie Downes on her death in December 1969. Mrs Downes named the Trust in memory of her father E Phillips Oppenheim, the author, and her son, John Downes. Each year the Trustees distribute the income of the Trust in the form of awards.


The awards may be made to deserving artists of any kind, whether writers, painters, sculptors, musicians, dancers, actors, craftsmen or artists of any comparable nature or description who are unable effectively to pursue their vocation by reason of their financial difficulties.

As a general guide the maximum award would be £1,000 but, in exceptional circumstances, the Trustees may consider making a larger award. The awards are made in December of each year with the closing date for applications being 7 October.

How to apply

First, read the terms and conditions. Then use the links to the left to download an application form or contact us to request a form through the post. Your application form will contain instructions on where to send it.

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