As a result of the pressures brought by the current Coronavirus pandemic, the Foundation chose to allocate resources to directly assist artists at a time when other sources of income might no longer be available.

Henry Moore was the recipient of an ex-serviceman’s grant when he was de-mobilised after he fought in World War 1. This enabled him to study sculpture at Leeds College of Art. He later received a scholarship, which enabled him to study at the Royal College of Art. It is clear that Moore’s appreciation of this support stayed with him throughout his life and was no doubt, instrumental in his decision to establish his Foundation to give support back to the study and future development the visual arts and sculpture in particular.