The Radcliffe Trust supports classical music performance and training, especially chamber music, composition and music education. Particular interests within music education are music for children and adults with special needs, youth orchestras and projects at secondary and higher levels, including academic research. The Trustees respond to applications and also initiate their own projects.
The Trust is aware that traditional performance-based projects will be impracticable for the foreseeable future. However, many organisations are finding creative new ways to reach their audiences or to reach altogether new audiences. For the forthcoming round of applications the Trustees wish to support such innovative and imaginative projects developed in response to the current challenging times.
Applications must be able to demonstrate that they can be successfully delivered within the prevailing government safety guidelines. We very much hope that in responding to these challenges, creative organisations will succeed in finding new opportunities and projects to develop.
For the foreseeable future the Trust will only be making one year grants and will not consider multi-year funding.
Applications which meet the criteria for the scheme are considered by our Music Panel. This, in turn, makes recommendations to the Trustees. The Trustees’ decision will be made known as soon as possible after their meeting.
To check eligibility and exclusions and to submit an application, please click here.
If you have any questions or require support please email [email protected]
- For consideration by the Trustees in June: Our deadline is 31st January for applications to both the Music and Heritage & Crafts schemes for consideration in June.
- For consideration by the Trustees in December: Our deadline is 31st July for applications to both the Music and Heritage & Crafts schemes for consideration in December.
The application form will ask you to provide some budget information. If you have any questions or queries, please do contact our administrator on [email protected]
FAQs for both the Music Scheme and the Heritage & Crafts Scheme
- How do I apply?
- Details of our application process can be found here.
- What is the deadline for applications?
- For consideration by the Trustees in June: Our deadline is 31st January for applications to both the Music and Heritage & Crafts schemes.
- For consideration by the Trustees in December: Our deadline is midnight on 14th September for applications to both the Music and Heritage & Crafts schemes
- Do you accept late applications?
- The Radcliffe Trust receives more applications than we are able to support. Therefore, to be fair to those that have submitted their applications in good time, we will not consider late applications.
- Is it possible to get a faster decision?
- We take care to present projects to the Trustees with the maximum consideration and this can take up to six months. No decisions are final until the minutes of the meeting have been approved.
- Can I apply as an individual?
- We do not accept applications from individuals, only from organisations. Please see the specific scheme criteria for the ways in which the Trust supports individuals.
- I work with a not-for-profit organisation, can I apply?
- The Radcliffe Trust accepts applications from CICs, CIOs and other not-for-profit organisations.
- How much can I ask for?
- Grants are generally in the region of £2,500-£7,500.
- If my organisation has received three years of consecutive funding from The Radcliffe Trust, can we apply for further support?
- Yes, but only after a one-year break. Please note: At present The Radcliffe Trust has suspended multi year grant requests, we are funding single year requests only. If your project is a multi year project you may still apply but for only one year at a time, with no guarantee of subsequent funding.
- What costs can I include in my application?
- Please see scheme specific criteria for the ways in which the Trust is prepared to support organisational costs.
- Can we include core costs for Heritage & Crafts?
- The Radcliffe Trust supports Heritage & Crafts projects, including training opportunities, but not fixed core costs. However, it accepts the principle of full cost recovery relating to a project and will consider the inclusion of a proportionate but limited share of your organisation’s overheads. We therefore request that, in breaking down the costs of your project for budgeting purposes, you distinguish clearly between the direct costs of a project and its associated overheads.
- I have more than one project that could be eligible. Can I put multiple projects into my application?
- We will only consider one project for each application, so you must choose which project you think will most closely match the interests of the Trustees.
- Can I apply to both the Music Scheme and the Heritage & Crafts Scheme in a single grant round?
- You cannot submit more than one application per organisation for each grant round, per scheme. You can submit an application to each of the schemes in the same round, however, we do ask you to make it clear on the applications that you have submitted to both schemes.
- I would like to make an application to the Music Scheme on behalf of a Quartet or Ensemble; is that possible?
- We do accept applications from Quartets and Ensembles for Music Scheme applications.
- My project could fit into more than one category within the Music Scheme, what should I put?
- Select the category most closely matching your project. There is no restriction on the number of applications accepted within any particular category; this is used to help us assess the variety of applications we receive.
- Can I send additional material in support of my application?
- If we feel that additional information would help our assessment of your application, for example brochures, programmes or CVs, we will contact you to request it.
- Can I send photographs of my project?
- If you feel photographs would clarify your application please attach no more than two using the accounts upload option.
- If my application is unsuccessful can I still submit another application in the next grant round?
- If your application is unsuccessful you are welcome to submit another application in the next grant round. If your application is successful you must not reapply for 12 months, or until the project previously supported has been completed, unless asked to reapply by the Trustees.
- Do you provide feedback on applications?
- We do not provide feedback on unsuccessful applications.
- Do you visit all successful applicants?
- The Trustees do not visit all grantees, but may visit if they feel it is appropriate.
If you have a question regarding the Heritage & Crafts and Music schemes, please call our Administrator on 01285 841900
- Beneficiaries will be asked to send a letter of acknowledgement on receipt of the grant for auditing purposes
- Payment of each annual instalment of a grant is conditional on receipt of a satisfactory report of the previous year
- A final report is required on all grants given
- All reports should highlight the impact the grant has had and any significant learning that has come out of the project and that will be built on for the future
The terms and conditions of awards made by The Radcliffe Trust are as follows;
- The grant is made only for the purposes agreed by the Trust and awards are based upon the information supplied in the application.
- Beneficiaries must request the Trust’s permission before implementing any variations. The Trust reserves the right to claim back any grant or part of a grant which has not been used for the purposes agreed.
- Beneficiaries must inform the Trust of any underspend in a grant and any decision to claim back the grant or any part of a grant shall be at the sole discretion of the Trust.
- Organisations must keep proper and up-to-date records and accounts that show how the grant is being used. The financial records should be available to representatives of the Trust for inspection at reasonable notice.
- Grants should be spent within one year of being awarded, unless otherwise agreed.
- Grant recipients must acknowledge the support of the Trust in any reports, presentations or promotional material related to their funded project.
- Organisations and individuals will be expected to repay grants if they are found to have acted fraudulently or negligently. Any inaccurate disclosure or failure to disclose relevant information requested, will be grounds for seeking immediate repayment of any grant made. Any decision to claim back the grant or any part of the grant shall be at the sole discretion of the Trust.
- The grant is for the use of a particular organisation and must not be given, or transferred, to any third party.
- Any grant awarded cannot be used to pay for expenditure incurred or committed prior to the date of the grant notification letter.
- The payment of any instalment of a grant is conditional upon funds being available to make that payment.