Our Grants

Our grants help maintain and develop the work of choral foundations across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Since its foundation in 1956, Friends of Cathedral Music has given over £4 million in grants to choral foundations.  Cathedral Music Trust seeks to continue and expand this work.

The impact of our grants

Our 2022 Revenue Grant Programme

Cathedral Music Trust invites applications from eligible choral foundations to its 2022 Revenue Grant Programme.

Organisations can apply for up to £30,000 to be spent within one year.

The programme is designed to help organisations increase the quality and/or breadth of their work. We are also prepared to help with some core costs in cases of need (see below).

Read on for more information.

Key dates

Tuesday 4 January 2022
Application window opens

Wednesday 19 January 2022
'Lunch and Learn' workshop on applying for a Cathedral Music Trust Grant

Friday 11 February 2022
Application deadline

End of May 2022
Announcement of successful grant recipients

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Applying for a grant
a seven-minute introduction

Watch our video for tips on how to write a good application

You can also take part in our 'Lunch and Learn' session, part of our Joining the Dots Conference for Cathedral Musicians on 18 and 19 January. 

Book your place

Who can apply for a grant?

An organisation can apply for a grant if:

  • It is a place of Christian worship of a recognised denomination from the UK or Republic of Ireland (e.g., cathedral, minster, collegiate chapel, church)
  • It promotes the performance of cathedral-style choral repertoire
  • It sings a regular pattern of choral services most weeks during term time (e.g., Evensong, Matins and/or Eucharist)

The vast majority of the organisations we support will sing at least three choral services most weeks during term time and other services throughout the year. We will consider funding organisations which do not sing as frequently if they make a strong case for support. For example, we may fund a organisation if this will help increase their offer of choral services or if it will help develop and/or train the membership of the choir, widen musical opportunities within the organisation and/or address matters of equality, diversity and inclusion.

You can use our eligibility checker to see if you are eligible to apply for a grant. Please give an answer to every question. You are welcome to talk to us if you would like to discuss you eligibility for a grant.

What can I apply for?

Cathedral Music Trust is eager to use its funds to support organisations in developing their work by increasing the quality and/or breadth of their activities. To this end, we will look favourably on applications to enhance what an organisation can currently achieve but for which it does not have existing funds. This may include, for example, additional choral or organ scholars, additional training or travel costs for choristers or work with the wider community (e.g. schools).

We appreciate, however, that many music departments are continuing to operate under challenging financial circumstances, and we are, therefore, prepared to consider applications to help with some core costs. We would expect a choral foundation to use its own funds to support a director of music, organist and a back row of at least six,  but we are prepared to help towards the funding of additional staff, such as, for example, assistant organists, additional lay clerks, choral trainers, chaperones and administrators. Please note that we do not fund organ refurbishments.

A workshop with young people

How much can I apply for?

Organisations can apply for up to a maximum of £30,000. We encourage you, however, to apply for the sum you need rather than simply applying for the maximum. We are likely to receive applications for much more than we can fund and may not be in a position to offer an award in full.

We will look carefully at the financial information you submit and ask that you take the time to submit a realistic, itemised budget that helps us understand what you need and how it will be spent. We will prioritise applications submitted with clear and detailed budgets showing how the proposed expenditure meets our assessment criteria.

If your application is successful, we would expect the activity you apply for to begin within six months of receipt of funds and continue for no more than a year from its start date. If we offer your organisation a grant, we will ask you to tell us your proposed start and end dates and require you to report on the success of your activity within two months of its conclusion.

Chorister singing lessons

How do I apply?

All applications must be submitted via our online application form.

When you submit your application, you will be asked to upload:

  • A budget for your activity (if you are applying for a discrete project, such as choristers' singing lessons)
  • The 2022 music department budget
  • The 2022 budget for your organisation
  • Your most recent audited accounts

We also request that your application is signed by the Dean, Incumbent or Priest-in-Charge.

The deadline is 23.59 on Friday 11 February. Applications will not be accepted after this date.

Choristers holding candles

How is my application assessed?

Your application is assessed by our Grants Committee. This comprises members of our Board of Trustees and external members and is chaired by James Lancelot.

The Grants Committee considers each application against a number of criteria. Applications which most closely meet the assessment criteria will be considered for funding. 

It should be noted that the Trust frequently receives more applications that meet its criteria than it is able to fund. This means that it is unlikely that the Trust will be able to fund (or fund in full) all the applications which score highly in its assessment. 

Please note that assessment scores and the deliberation of the committee will not be made public.

View our assessment criteria

Apply online

If you have any questions about your eligibility for our grant programme and our assessment criteria, please do get in touch by email [email protected] or telephone 020 3151 6096. You are very welcome to discuss your application with us in advance of submission.

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