Applying for an FCM Small Revenue Grant

Diamond Fund for Choristers, Part of the Cathedral Music Trust




The funds for Small Revenue Grants are mostly provided by FCM’s Diamond Fund for Choristers and are for the exclusive benefit of choristers.

Who may apply?

Any choral foundation may apply if:

  1. It promotes the performance of cathedral-style choral repertoire
  2. It 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
  3. Its top line is sung by boy and/or girl trebles (lower parts may be professional or amateur, young people, including students, or adults)
  4. It aspires to achieve the highest standards of performance

Choral Foundations do not have to be corporate members of FCM to apply for a grant.  Successful applicants are awarded a year’s corporate membership alongside their grant and are encouraged to continue this membership in subsequent years.


What can I apply for?

Choral foundations may apply for an FCM Small Revenue Grant to help with the cost of choristers’ voice training, instrumental lessons, outreach or transport costs.  This list is not exhaustive.  FCM welcomes innovative ideas on the condition that they are for the support or recruitment of choristers.  Applications for schemes which contribute towards broader social purposes will be particularly welcome (e.g. by helping reduce or eliminate barriers between different communities and/or by helping young people in challenging circumstances take up choristerships). The prospects of receiving a grant are improved where the application is for match-funding.

All applications must be for a specific amount for a specific purpose; applications which merely state a large target as part of a fundraising campaign will not be considered.

How much can I apply for?

Choral foundations can apply for any amount up to £5,000 over 3 years.  This does not preclude them from applying for a different type of FCM grant.

When can I apply?

The deadline for applications is 30 November each year.

How do I apply?

Applications must be submitted using FCM’s online Small Revenue Grant Application Form, which can be accessed from the button at the bottom of this page.  All applications will be acknowledged, so please contact us if you have submitted an application and not received a response.  All subsequent correspondence should be with the Grants Secretary.

Alongside your application, FCM requires the following information:

  • A budget for your project.  You are able to upload this when you complete the application form.
  • The annual accounts of the organisation making the application, together with the accounts of any choral fund and ‘Friends’ association.  You are able to upload copies of your accounts when you complete the application form.
  • The name and address of a referee.  The referee should be independent of the foundation for which funds are sought.

When will I hear if my application has been successful?

Applications for FCM’s grants are considered by the Cathedral Liaison Committee (CLC) in the first quarter of the year.  The CLC makes recommendations to FCM’s Council meeting in late April, where final decisions are made.  Applicants are informed of the outcome of their application before the end of May.  Council’s decision is final.  The Grants Secretary will give feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

How do I acknowledge my grant?

If you are awarded a grant, we ask you to acknowledge your grant via your website and social media.  If possible, we may ask your FCM representative to present the grant at an appropriate choral service.

How does FCM monitor the impact of my grant?

FCM welcomes publicity material which illustrates the use to which funds have been put.

FCM will also require a short report at the end of the grant term explaining what has been achieved.  If FCM considers that an award has not been used for its intended purpose, or if the organisation fails to supply requested information or comply with the conditions of the grant, FCM reserves the right to request repayment of the sum originally awarded.

Further questions?

If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Christopher Gower, the Grants Secretary, on grants@cathedralmusictrust.org.uk.
FCM Small Revenue Grant application form