The Ratiu Family Charitable Foundation was established in London in 1979 by Ion and Elisabeth Rațiu to promote and support projects which further education and research in the culture and history of Romania, both in Romania and the UK.
The Foundation offers up to 100 annual grants, principally for projects, postgraduate courses, conference participations, travel grants, and other short term courses including academic research.
The Ratiu Grants are awarded to Romanian students to study a wide range of subjects in the UK. They enable talented graduates and young professionals to become familiar with the UK and gain skills, which they can adapt and apply in Romania. The Ratiu Foundation has to date supported Romanian students in a range of subjects including architecture, music, theatre, business, theology, philosophy, town planning, political studies, law, art, design, fashion design, archaeology, and ethnomusicology.
The Rațiu Foundation also offers annual seed funding for innovative projects, principally in Romania, which foster Romanian arts and civilisation, heritage, civil society, democracy, and environmental protection.
The projects supported by the Foundation are numerous, ranging from democracy awareness and civic participation to support for artists, designers and curators on voyages of self discovery. The Foundation has also been supportive of artists with problems of existence, day centres for the old and disadvantaged, prevention of human trafficking and research conducted by foreign researchers in Transylvania.