Information for Applicants


RARP was established to encourage and advance the wider understanding of the Russian avant-garde through the scholarly application of art historical and technological research.

In furtherance of this aim RARP makes grants to suitably qualified individuals and institutions engaged in the field so as to enable them to undertake high-quality research that may not otherwise be eligible for funding.  RARP particularly stresses the importance of multi-disciplinary approaches to research into the Russian avant-garde and its context. This is reflected in support for integrated forms of technological and art historic research, as well as the wider contextualisation of findings. RARP also actively supports the wider public dissemination of research.


Applicants are invited to apply for one of the areas that are RARP priorities:

  • Research into historical archives and the wider dissemination of records
  • Development of methodology and international research practices for the Russian avant-garde in the early twentieth-century
  • Study of the artists Mikhail Larionov and Natalia Goncharova and other Russian modern artists
  • The material context of painting within the period 1900-1945
  • Physical examination and scientific analysis of artworks.

(1) These priorities will be reviewed by the Trustees annually and may be changed in accordance with the Trustee’s view of the most effective use of available funds at any point in time.


Applications will be assessed by the Board of Trustees. In awarding grants, the Trustees will apply the following principles:

  • Applications from any geographical area within the UK and overseas are eligible for consideration;
  • Grants will be awarded on the basis of open competition and on the merits of the application;
  • Although the outcome of any previous grant will be taken into account, any new application by a prior grantee will in no way receive preferential consideration;
  • Applicants should have a demonstrable track-record in high-level scholarly research.

The Trustees will not normally consider applications for areas such as:

  • Projects which may reasonably be expected to find funding from other sources;
  • Study for private benefit;
  • Travel or conference fees;Capital expenditure or general maintenance.
  • Capital expenditure or general maintenance.


All applications will be subject to an initial assessment to ensure they meet the basic criteria for funding. Research proposals will then be considered by the Trustees with assistance from specialist peer reviewers where appropriate.

The amount of granted support and timeline of the funded project will be determined on the basis of the project description and the itemised budget.


There is an average of £10,000 available per grant application. Applications are welcome for any amount ranging from £5,000 up to £300,000


It is the policy of the Trustees to monitor all grants made. To this end conditions will be stipulated appropriate to the work to be carried out and progress will be assessed against agreed targets.
If the grant is payable in installments, then payment of subsequent grant installments will be dependent on satisfactory progress having been demonstrated and the Trustees reserve the right to withdraw the grant on receipt of unsatisfactory progress reports.
In addition to reports detailing progress, grant recipients will be expected to provide:

  • A statement of how their Charity monies have been spent;
  • Details (where appropriate) of any other funds applied to the same project.

The template of the Final Report Form can be viewed and downloaded here:

The Trustees also expect to receive copies of any published articles, papers or other outputs which may result from the project.

Following the conclusion of the project, the grant recipient will be expected to submit a final report, normally within three months of the end of the grant, detailing the results and outputs from the project.

The Trustees may also stipulate how the results of such research should be published and how RARP’s contribution should be acknowledged in any such publication. The Trustees may require the grant recipient to publicise RARP in any of its publications relating to the work funded by the grant in a manner stipulated by the Trustees.