How is my application assessed?
At stage one, your application will be assessed by our Grants Panel. The Panel will rank the applications according to their potential for impact. The Panel takes into account the activity’s alignment with our mission (transforming lives through cathedral music), our objectives of excellence, participation and sustainability and the breadth and depth of the anticipated outcomes and impact. Applications which rank highly in this assessment will be invited to stage two.
Stage two comprises a friendly, online discussion with Cathedral Music Trust staff and representatives of the Grants Panel. We will discuss the evidence of the need for your activity and how the work outlined in your application will meet this need. We will look at your delivery plan, discuss the contributions (financial or in-kind) of any proposed partners and explore your plans for monitoring and evaluation. We may make suggestions as to how your plans may be refined or adjusted to make the best use of our support and may ask for some supporting documentation.
Reports from the stage two meetings will be considered by our Grants Panel and Trustees before final decisions are made.
It should be noted that we expect to receive more applications that rank highly in our assessment than we will be able to fund, including some applications that progress to stage two. This means that there are likely to be many good applications we are unable to support.
Please note that the ranking and deliberation of the Panel will not be made public but we do aim to provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants.