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Bombastic - towards 'The Argonauts' project,10 weeks of residencies for children aged 7 to 9 yearsNational Theatre Studio re-opened in November 2007 following a 15-month redevelopment by architects Haworth Tompkinsss Great Britain - towards the Mezzanine Reading Room within the new Brunel Institute housing the Trust's extensive maritime collection and education space
National Theatre Studio - Photo by Philip Vile, ss Great Britain Trust � Mandy Reynolds

Welcome to The Foyle Foundation Website


The Trustees of The Foyle Foundation would like to express their deep sadness on the death of Christopher Foyle and their respect and admiration for his life and work.

He became the scion of the Foyle family following the death of his aunt, Christina Foyle, and was a man of exceptional and wide ranging abilities.

Christopher had great style, was urbane, courteous and modest, always interested in and seeking the opinions of other people, an avid collector of information, at home with everyone from Prime Ministers to his gardener.

He was a Trustee of the Foundation for a period until his emigration to Monaco and will be sadly missed by those who had the privilege to know him.

Above all, if you spent an hour in his company, it would pass in a minute, as you laughed with him, listened to him and reminisced with him.

August 2022


The Foyle Foundation is an independent grantmaking trust that distributes grants to UK charities. The Foundation does not support applications from individuals.

We welcome applications from across the country and encourage applications from all areas outside London and the South East.  

Since it became operational in November 2001, The Foundation has disbursed £124.5M in grants (up to 31st December 2021).

The Foundation supports charities in three main areas:

The Trustees of the Foundation are keeping its grant making policy under constant review in the light of social and economic developments in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please refer to our website regularly as we expect to refine our approach, depending on the length and impact of the pandemic as they affect the sectors we support.

We have reopened our grant schemes with revised criteria for support.  Please see relevant guidelines on the How To Apply page for further information.  



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