Funding for Music Making Projects for Young People in Challenging Circumstances – 4th December 2020 (England)

Schools as well as other not-for-profit organisations can apply for grants to fund developmental music-making projects for children and young people in challenging circumstances as well as for projects that support the development of the workforce, organisations and the wider music making sector. The funding is being made available through Youth Music, England’s largest children’s music charity, which provides funding for music-making projects.

Youth Making’s funding programme is made up of three separate funds. These are:

  • Fund A which offers small grants (£2,000 to £30,000) for high quality music-making projects;
  • Fund B offers medium-sized grants (30,001 – £150,000 per year for up to two years) for larger programmes of work.
  • Music Education Hub Development Fund

In applying for funding schools will have to justify how the activities to be funded do not duplicate Department of Education funding.

The next closing date for applications to Fund A is the 4th December 2020.

The deadline for submitting an Expression of Interest to Fund B is the 2nd October 2020.  For applications successful at this stage the deadline for submitting a full application will be the 4th December 2020.

The Education Hub Development Fund is currently closed and expected to re-open for applications in Autumn 2020.

Disabled applicants that need further support to make an application to Youth Music, can apply to the Access Fund. This provides funding to cover any additional access costs that might be required to make an application to one of Youth Music’s main grant funds.  There are no deadlines for this fund as they would coincide with any open funding rounds.

Useful Links:

Application Guidance for Fund A and B

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