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Applying for a Grant

The Richard Ely Trust for Young Musicians was set up to support young people who wish to pursue an interest in music.  One way in which we do this is by giving grants towards the expenses of young people who are engaged in musical studies and activities and are suffering financial hardship.  Examples of such expenses would include instrumental or vocal tuition, attendance on a course of study, or membership of a performing group.

In order to qualify for assistance from the Trust you will need to satisfy the following requirements.

  1. You must be below the age of 21 at the time of making your application.  If you are given assistance by the Trust in respect of an activity or course of study which will finish just after your 21st birthday, the Trustees may at their discretion extend the assistance to cover the full term of the activity or course.  Please note that if the Trust receives more applications than it is able to grant, other things being equal preference will be given to supporting applicants below the age of 18.
  2. You must live in, or be educated in, the area of Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole.
  3. You must be following, or intending to follow, a course of musical education or individual performance tuition;  OR you must be a practising musician.
  4. You must provide evidence of financial need in the form required by the Trust.
  5. You must explain how the grant will be used and how it will contribute to your musical development, and you must agree to provide a report for the Trustees at a time they will specify on the benefits you obtained from the grant.  Please note that this report may be used by the Trust for publicity purposes, and successful applicants may be invited to assist the Trust in its charitable activities in the future.


Although it is important that you understand these formal grant requirements, you should not be put off from applying if you think you have a case.  The Trustees wish to help as many young people as possible within the terms of the Trust, and sympathetic advice is always available if you are uncertain whether to apply.  In particular you should note that the Trust supports music in all its many forms, and no one kind of musical activity will have priority over any other.

Applications should be made on our standard form and supported by your music teacher.  We normally consider applications at fixed points four times each year, but they may be dealt with on an urgency basis in cases of sudden and unforeseen financial difficulty.  The deadlines for the receipt of applications are the end of March, June, September and December each year. Any application received after a deadline will be automatically brought forward for consideration in the next cycle.