The advancement of the arts, culture, heritage or science

This purpose is wide ranging with a significant coverage over humanities and science. It includes the advancement of art over a wide range of charitable activity including promoting various forms of art at a national/professional and local/amateur level, the provision of arts facilities and encouraging high standards of art. ‘Art’ includes abstract, conceptual and performance art and representational and figurative art. Charities concerned with the advancement of art, whether visual arts or the performing arts such as music, dance and theatre, need to satisfy a criterion of merit,

The advancement of science includes scientific research and charities connected with various learned societies and institutions.

Examples of the sorts of charities and charitable purposes

  • art galleries, arts festivals and arts councils
  • charities that promote, or encourage high standards of, the arts of drama, ballet, music, singing, literature, sculpture, painting, cinema, mime, etc, eg theatres, cinemas and concert halls; choirs; orchestras; music, operatic and dramatic societies
  • the promotion of crafts and craftsmanship
  • local or national history or archaeology societies
  • local arts societies
  • charities that preserve ancient sites or buildings
  • charities that preserve a specified monument, building or complex of historic/architectural importance, or the preservation of historic buildings in general, such as building preservation trusts
  • the preservation of historical traditions, such as carnivals, country/folk dancing societies, Scottish country dancing and highland dancing societies, eisteddfords, folk clubs, etc
  • scientific research projects
  • charities connected with various learned societies and institutions, eg the Royal College of Surgeons; Royal College of Nursing;

The British Council

209131  The British Council spent a mega £986,938,242 in the year to 31 March 2016 to  create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries  by making a positive contribution to millions of people across the world, working with over 100 countries in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society.