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Music for All - Community Project Funding

05 October 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

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:
£ 2,000
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 communities. The funding is for groups that need assistance to fulfil their potential in developing truly sustainable music programmes.

Value Notes

Grants of up to £2,000 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

Groups, schools and organisations that are bringing music to their communities in the UK or Ireland 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 reapply.

Applicants will also be required to nominate an independent referee who must complete a witness statement in support of the application.


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

In the current round, support will be available in the following distinct areas:

  • Projects which are based on electric guitars and/or ukuleles - Music for All is inviting groups in need of electric guitars and/or ukuleles to apply for some very special instruments. (NB No cash will be awarded in this category.)
  • Projects that require analogue synthesisers - up to 20 special Behringer MS-1 analogue synthesisers are available to award to deserving community projects. (NB No cash will be awarded in this category.)
  • Projects based on community choirs: Up to £2,000 per successful application to support one or multiple choir-based community projects.
  • Projects making a contribution to local communities and diversity: Up to £2,000 per successful application to support one or multiple diverse community projects.
  • Educational establishments nurturing talent in children aged between 11-16 in underprivileged communities: Up to £2,000 per successful application to support one or multiple educational establishments nurturing underprivileged young talent.

All awards will acknowledge the challenges coronavirus/COVID-19 has brought to nearly all music makers and educators and recognise the vital role music plays in uniting communities and improving wellbeing.

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.)


United Kingdom and Ireland

How To Apply

The next deadline for applications is 29 October 2021.

There are normally three application rounds each year.

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

The process takes around three months from application to outcome notification.

Useful documents & links

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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
    PO Box 1059
    West Sussex
    RH12 9WX
    Tel: 01403 628892
    Email: [email protected]

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