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Urgent update for Music for All applicants

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The Covid 19 crisis has plunged everyone’s normal activities into uncertainty and we need to let all Music for All grant applicants know that these challenging times have had an impact on our application process.

The current application period is due to close on July 1st for funding in September. We have taken the decision to extend the application period to November 1st for funding in January 2021. We will obviously keep the situation under close observation and let you know if any further changes need to be made. We are naturally sorry if this affects your application in relation to timings, but hope you understand why we have had to take this difficult decision. Please bear with us as we all hope the severe restrictions imposed by the virus are resolved as quickly as possible.

Grants are available to UK-based community groups that aim to bring musical projects to their local communities.

Fund Information

Funding body:

Music for All

Maximum value:

£ 2,500

Application deadline:



The Community Grants programme is administered Music for All, which is the charity of the UK musical instrument industry. The mission of the charity 'is to make more musicians and to enable and inspire more people to discover the mental and physical benefits that playing a musical instrument can bring'.

Objectives of Fund

The grants programme aims to give a helping hand to projects and initiatives across the UK that are seeking to bring music to their community. The funding is for groups that need assistance to fulfil their potential in developing truly sustainable music programmes.

Value Notes

Grants of up to £2,500 are available.

Match Funding Restrictions

The charity is unlikely to be able to meet applications in full, so applicants are strongly advised to also apply to other bodies for assistance.

Who Can Apply

UK-based groups, schools and organisations that are bringing music to their communities can apply.

Priority will be given to applicants who are most in need of help.

The individuals involved in the application must have been resident in the UK for at least three years and be either a British citizen or a national of a member state of the European Economic Area, or have been granted leave to enter or remain in the UK for indefinite period, or hold a right to abode.

Applicants who have been awarded a grant in the last 12 months must wait a year to re-apply.


United Kingdom


The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Retrospective costs.

  • Applicants based outside of the UK and Ireland.

  • Applicants present in the UK only for the purpose of education or attending a course of study.

Eligible Expenditure

Typically, community grants are given for the purchase of instruments, associated equipment or for teaching costs. However, all applications are judged on their merit and other project elements may also be considered.

The main aspects that the trustees look for in an application are:

  • The number of new musicians the project will create and support.

  • The sustainability of the project (to ensure that people are able to continue their musical journeys).

  • Whether there are any other organisations supporting the project that can help with funding, or if funding applications have been made to other charities. (Music for All likes to help as many applicants as it can, so often works with other organisations to enable projects to gain the full support required.)

How To Apply

The deadline for applications to the:

  • Spring period is 1 November for funding requirement in the following January.

  • Summer period is 1 February for funding requirement in April.

  • Autumn period is normally 1 July for funding requirement in September. It has now been extended until 1 November for funding in January 2021 due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.

An online application form is available to complete on the Music for All website.

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Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Enquiries
    Music for All
    Bailey House
    4–10 Barttelot Road
    West Sussex
    RH12 1DQ
    Tel: 01403 800500
    Email: [email protected]



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