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Apply for a Power of Music Grant

Small grants available for choirs and other projects supporting people living with dementia through the power of music.

The Power of Music Fund will be accepting applications until 22 December 2023.

Dementia choirs, musical activities for carers and other initiatives supporting people through music will be able to apply for multi-year grants of either ÂŁ1,000 or ÂŁ2,000 per year, depending on the size and scope of the project. Additional support will be available for set-up costs.

Who can apply?

You can apply if you are any of the following: 

  • UK constituted voluntary or community organisation
  • UK registered charity
  • UK charitable incorporated organisation (CIO)
  • UK not-for-profit company
  • UK community interest company (CIC)
  • UK statutory body eg NHS 
  • A care provider registered with the CQC 

There is a wide variety of music activities for people living with dementia and we would welcome applications from providers of all different types of musical offers and services. 

We can fund new activity, however your organisation should already be delivering music activities or working with people living with dementia and carers. We'll also fund those already delivering music activities for people living with dementia.

Your activity should take place between April 2024 – Dec 2026 and be delivering activities to a group of 10 people or more.

Applications are for multi-year funding.

We will accept applications from organisations who have currently, or have previously been, grantees of The Utley Foundation/funder. In the instance that an organisation is a current grantee of The Utley Foundation, the Power of Music Fund grant would need to be for another activity, and not the one for which you are already receiving Utley Foundation funding. 

This funding is not suitable for:  

  • Individuals, sole traders, non-UK organisations
  • Organisations who are not already providing music activities or working with people living with dementia as part of their existing delivery

Small grants criteria

How much are the grants?

Grants are available of either £1,000 or £2,000 per year, and will be paid in instalments over three years. You can also apply for an additional £1,000 for set-up or equipment costs. 

How do I apply?

Please note: Applicants are requested to submit their application online. However, if you would find this difficult, please contact us via email at [email protected] to discuss other options. We are happy to provide large print versions and alternative language versions of all forms where required. Video applications will be available to small grant applicants on request via [email protected].

What are the timings for the grant?

22 Nov 2023 – Applications open 

22 Dec 2023 – Deadline for submissions and applications 

Jan 2024 – Applications reviewed 

Feb 2024 – Applicants notified of funding decisions 

Feb 2024 – Introductory webinar for all successful applicants 

April 2024 – 1st payment disbursed 

April 2025 – 2nd payment disbursed 

April 2026 - 3rd payment disbursed 

Dec 2026 – Activity complete and evaluation finalised  

Answers to the most frequently asked questions are in our information and guidance document. If you have any further questions please contact us. 

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