Occasionally, the Foundation makes exceptional grants, exceeding the maximum grant awarded through the Main Grants Scheme. An exceptional grant will only be considered, where, for example, an overriding factor is that the project will not occur without the Foundation grant or where the project is of national importance. Exceptional Grants made to date are described below:
King’s College, London
In 2000 the Foundation made an exceptional grant of £2M (paid over four years) to King’s College, London to create the Foyle Special Collections Library as part of their new central library and IT campus being created in the former Public Records Office building in Chancery Lane, nearby to their main Strand Campus alongside Somerset House. This dedicated wing houses the rare books, medieval manuscripts and other special collections of King’s College under appropriate environmental and secure conditions which also allow for growth of the collections. In addition, there are facilities for visiting scholars and researchers.
Royal Academy of Music, London
In 2003, The Foundation made an exceptional grant of £1.2M to The Royal Academy of Music to save from dispersal The Menuhin Archive, one of the most comprehensive, significant and detailed records of musical life during the 20th Century. A further grant of £200,000 was made over five years to catalogue fully and then digitise parts of the archive to make it as accessible as possible. The archive strengthens the already significant collections of other 20th century important musical figures at the Academy and items from the archive are regularly shown in their York Gate Museum. The highlights include 1,000 items of printed and manuscript music including autograph scores and detailed correspondence between Menuhin and Elgar, Bartok, Bloch and George Enescu. There is also an extensive photographic and newsprint archive and a collection of artifacts relating to Paganini including letters, scores, compositions and portraits.
Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies
In 2004 The Foundation awarded £450,000 to the Oxford Centre for the acquisition of the Montefiore Library to avoid the dispersal of 3,921 books and rare pamphlets, through sale at auction. The archive is the principal resource for the study of the relationship between Jews and non-Jews in England and on the continent in particular during the 18th and 19th century. There is some 17th century and older material. The acquisition of this unique and important research library both deepens and complements the existing mainly 19th and 20th century holdings at the Oxford Centre; thereby maintaining and consolidating its position as the most important secular research centre for Jewish and Hebrew studies in the UK and Europe.