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Grants for Disability Arts
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The Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary

The Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary is open to mid career disabled artists working in the visual arts. The winner receives £5,000 and a residency at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead.

Set up in memory of the sculptor Adam Reynolds the bursary is one of the most significant awards in disability art.


The Amber Trust

The Amber Trust funds music awards to visually impaired children aged up to 18 years.

The Awards will pay for music lessons, music therapy, musical instruments, specialist music software, concert tickets and travel to musical events.

Parents and carers are able to make direct applications by downloading an application form.

Award applications are considered three times a year in March, July and December. 


The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation

The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation supports culture, heritage and the arts for the public benefit.

It offers:

Performing Arts Scholarships - to fund ten Musical Theatre course scholarships a year to pay for course fees. The scholarship is means tested and is awarded directly by the schools based on merit.

Previous beneficiaries include The Drake Project, The Orpheus Centre (performing arts college for disabled young adults), Chickenshed (an inclusive youth theatre company), and the Nordoff Robbins Charity providing music therapy and other music services.

The Music in Secondary Schools Trust - to give children at participating schools the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument.


Awards for Young Musicians

The Awards for Young Musicians supports young people aged 5 to 17 years.

It provides awards between £200 and £2,000 to help pay for lessons, buying or hiring an instrument, travel and specialist music courses.

Applicants must show evidence of financial need, have received or hope to achieve a distinction in a music exam and be recommended by their music teacher.

To apply: Read the guidance and complete the form on the Application Portal.


Christine Brown Trust

The Christine Brown Trust offers financial support to young musicians (under 19 years) who may be finding it difficult to meet the cost of learning a musical instrument.

It is able to help talented young musicians who live in the UK and are in financial hardship.  Funding may be provided towards the cost of lessons, a new instrument, a summer school or orchestra fees.

To apply: complete the online application form.  Priority is given to applicants from the Yorkshire region.


Elizabeth Eagle-Bott Memorial Awards

The Fund supports blind or partially sighted musicians for musical study, projects and events.

It funds individual bids up to £10,000 and priority is given to classical musicians especially organists.

Applicants must be a UK citizen and be registered as visually impaired.

Application forms and further information can be obtained from the RNIB's Music Advisory Service on 020 7391 2273 or email: mas@rnib.org.uk. Completed application forms must be emailed to mas@rnib.org.uk by 31st March of each year.


Universal Music Sound Foundation Awards

The Universal Music Sound Foundation provides instrument and equipment awards to schools, music teachers and individuals in full time education.

Grants up to £1,500 are available towards the purchase of musical instruments or/and equipment.

Bursaries are also offered to students to study at specified music colleges/organisations.

To apply: download an application form. 

The next deadline for applications is 5th February 2020.


Grants for the Arts

Grants for the Arts is an open access funding programme for individuals, art organisations and other people who use the arts in their work.

The Arts Council England are offering awards from £1,000 to £100,000 to support a wide variety of arts-related activities, from dance to visual arts, literature to theatre, music to combined arts.

To apply: use the Application Form portal on the Arts Council England website.  You must create a profile first and then the Arts Council will validate your profile within 5 days.

Further guidance may be downloaded as a Word/PDF document.

Grants are awarded on a rolling basis and there is no deadline for applications.


Gane Charitable Trust

The Gane Charitable Trust provides grants to support individuals living in the UK with their art and craft activities.

Grants up to a maximum of £500 may fund art and craft materials, publicity, tools, books, social welfare and care activities.

To apply: complete the online application form.  Applications are considered three times a year in spring, summer and early autumn.

The charity also awards three travel scholarships to university students and two college awards.


Help Musicians UK

Help Musicians UK supports musicians who sing, play or create all types of music.  This also extends to those who work in related occupations.

They support:

  • Young musicians at the start of their career
  • Musicians facing a crisis such as ill health or accident during their working lives
  • Musicians suffering from debilitating illness
  • Retired musicians

Depending on the type of support required the Fund can offer financial support, advice and a visiting service.

To qualify for help they will need to see evidence of financial situation as they will only help those with savings under £16,000 (£20,000 for retired musicians)


Jessie's Fund

Jessie's Fund helps seriously ill and disabled children in the UK by using music for communication and therapy.

The fund mainly works with children's hospices by providing them with a wide range of musical instruments to give the children access to creative music-making and music therapy.

It also works with schools for children with special needs, hospitals, and other centres for children with special needs.

Jessie's Fund is able to support the funding of a music therapist for three years and the purchase musical instruments.

Individual children are also able to apply for funding towards music therapy sessions. By registering on the site you will be able to access free resources for making music with children.

To apply for the different projects download the relevant application form.


The Joyce Fletcher Charitable Trust

The Trust supports institutions and organisations specialising in music and the arts in a social and therapeutic context for children, the disabled and disadvantaged.

It is able to offer capital or revenue grants for one-off or recurring events. Grants awarded usually range from £1,000 to £2,000.

Applications can be made from organisations across the UK but has a strong preference for the South West.

To apply: by letter to be received by 1st November each year - ideally September for new applicants.


The MFPA Trust Fund

The MFPA (Mouth and Foot Painting Artists) Trust Fund for Disabled Children in the Art provide financial assistance  to enable physically disabled children follow their interest in the arts.

This encompasses the wider arts including painting, sculpture, music and dance.

Parents or other individuals responsible for a physically disabled child or an organisation requiring financial assistance to further the artistic development of disabled children may apply.   

To apply: submit your request in writing to Tom Yendell, 88 London Road, Holybourne, Alton, Hampshire GU34 4EL.

Telephone: 01420 88755

Email: tom@tomyendell.co.uk


Music for Alice

Music for Alice provides funding for groups and organisations (not schools) to buy musical instruments and equipment to improve lives through music.

It helps groups who support young people and those who use music for health and rehabilitation with grants up to £1,000.

Application should be made using the online form.  There are two funding rounds a year.  The next funding round will open in late 2016.


Music for All

Music for All believes that everyone should have the opportunity to learn to play music.

It is able to provide grants to support music making projects that offer experiences for people of all ages and backgrounds.

The charity donates musical instruments and music tuition to both the young and  the old.

It also makes grants to community music groups and educational organisations.

To apply: complete the online form.  You must indicate whether you are applying as an individual or group.

There are three funding deadlines throughout the year:

1st February, 1st July and 1st November in any year.


The Performing Arts Children's Charity

The Performing Children's Charity provides opportunities for children (6 -19 yars)with physical or/and learning difficulties to take part in weekly drama, music and movement workshops.

The charity operates in three areas: Colchester, Eastleigh and Hampton.  It has also run a number of outreach projects with other organisations.

It uses the "InStep" Programme to deliver positive outcomes and uses role-play, storytelling and shared narratives.

Each class lasts two and half hours.


Philip Bates Trust

The Philip Bates Trust provides grants for individuals and community groups to encourage artistic interests among young people under 25 years in the UK.

Grants for individuals are usually in the range of £100 to £250 and grants for organisations usually up to £500.

It offers awards to encourage and support an individual's pursuit of creative and artistic achievement.

Financial support is also given to projects or workshops that develop the creative and artistic interests and skills of young people.

To apply: Contact the charity with a summary of your activities and requirements.

Applications are considered three times a year.


Take it Away

"Take it Away" is The Art Council's scheme for individuals for loans up to £5,000 towards a musical instrument.

The loans can be used towards a wide range of instruments.  To find out the cost of monthly payments use the online form.

It is open to anyone over 18 years buying an instrument for an individual under 18 years or an individual aged 18 to 25 years buying an instrument for themselves.

All applicants must be working over 16 hours a week, be a UK resident and hold a bank account.

To apply: visit a participating store or apply via mail order.


See also:

Caudwell Children (music therapy)

Kynan Eldridge Fund (Nottingham)

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