Applying for a Revenue Grant for Core Funding

Who may apply?

Any place of Christian worship of any recognised denomination in the UK or Republic of Ireland (e.g. cathedral, minster, collegiate chapel, church) may apply if it:

  1. Promotes the performance of cathedral-style choral repertoire
  2. Usually sings a regular pattern of at least three choral services each week, e.g. Evensong, Matins and/or Eucharist, and other services through the year

Choir members may be professional or amateur, children, young people (including students) or adults.

Foundations are welcome to apply whether or not they were in receipt of a grant from the Cathedral Choirs’ Emergency Fund.

What can I apply for?

We appreciate that the impact of the global pandemic has put considerable strain on the finances of cathedrals, churches and other choral foundations. For this reason, we have suspended our Endowment and Capital Grant scheme and have introduced a Revenue Grant stream to help fund music departments’ core costs. We wish to help where we can and, if you need financial assistance for your music, we encourage you to apply. Please be aware, however, that it is very unlikely we will be able to help every foundation which applies to us. We may not be able to offer the full sum applied for or, in some cases, offer a grant at all. We will prioritise detailed, clearly written applications which demonstrate the most pressing need.

It is anticipated that applications will be for grants to cover costs through to December 2021.

How much can I apply for?

There is no limit to the sum for which you may apply.

When do I apply?

The application process opens on 11 January and the deadline for submissions is 26 February 2021.

How do I apply?

Applications must be submitted using our online Revenue Grant Application Form, which can be found by clicking the button at the bottom of this page.  Completed forms must be submitted by 26 February 2021 and all further correspondence concerning applications must be made via grants-enquiries@cathedralmusictrust.org.uk.  You will receive an acknowledgement of all applications, so please contact us if you have submitted an application and not received a response.

Alongside your application, we require the following information:

  • Detailed and accurate budgets, showing your anticipated expenditure, confirmed and projected income for 2021 and your shortfall. Please tell us if you have applied to other grant makers to cover your shortfall and the outcome of these applications.
  • The annual accounts of the organisation making the application, together with the accounts of any choral fund and ‘Friends’ associations which support music in your foundation.  You are able to upload copies of your accounts when you complete the online form.

When will I hear if my application has been successful?

Applications for grants will be considered by the Grants Committee in March.  The Grants Committee makes recommendations to CMT’s Board of Trustees, where final decisions are made.  We aim to inform applicants of the outcome of their application before the end of May.  The Board’s decision is final, and we will give feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

How do I acknowledge my grant?

If you are awarded a grant, we ask that it is publicly acknowledged via your website.

How does CMT monitor the impact of my grant?

We require a short report, one year from the date of the award, indicating how the grant has been used and its impact on your organisation.  If we consider that an award is not being used for its intended purpose, or if the organisation fails to supply requested information or comply with the conditions of the grant, we reserve the right to request repayment of the sum originally awarded.

Further questions?

If you have any questions or need further information, please contact grants-enquiries@cathedralmusictrust.org.uk.

Revenue Grant Application Form