Funding
Funding for your Skoog

For individuals, charities, schools and organisations, applying for funding is a great way to attain the resources you need to do the great work you all do!

Here at Skoog we have added tips and links to connect you with those funders who may be able to help you to get hold of your very own Skoogs. Skoog is a great resource for music education, music therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy and inclusive community music projects.

If you know that you would like to have Skoogs as a resource, but you or your organisation can not budget for this at the moment, have a browse through our suggestions or email us  for ideas and help.


The Big Give
The Big Give provides an intelligent way for proactive philanthropists to support charities and projects of interest, and for charities to engage with donors new and old.

The Big Give showcases the work of over 9,000 charities. We run a wide variety of innovative programmes which help our charities raise further income whilst enabling donors to increase the impact of their donations.

Who is eligible?
All UK registered charities can sign up for free

How to Apply:
new.thebiggive.org.uk/charity/register

Website:
www.thebiggive.org.uk/

Contact Details:
Email info@theBigGive.org.uk


Donors Choose
DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need.

Here's how it works: public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests on DonorsChoose.org. Requests range from pencils for a poetry writing unit, to violins for a school recital, to microscope slides for a biology class.

Then, you can browse project requests and give any amount to the one that inspires you. Once a project reaches its funding goal, we deliver the materials to the school.

You'll get photos of your project taking place, a thank-you letter from the teacher, and a cost report showing how each dollar was spent. If you give over $50, you'll also receive hand-written thank-you letters from the students.

At DonorsChoose.org, you can give as little as $1 and get the same level of choice, transparency, and feedback that is traditionally reserved for someone who gives millions. We call it citizen philanthropy.

Who is eligible?
Public school teachers from every corner of America.

How to Apply:
https://secure.donorschoose.org/common/signin.html

Website:
www.donorschoose.org

Contact Details:
DonorsChoose.org, 213 W 35th, 2nd Floor East, New York, NY 10001, USA


Digital Wish
Digital Wish believes that every child deserves a technology-rich education that will provide them with the skills necessary to excel in the global economy. Every day, Digital Wish develops new online tools and promotions that empower teachers and their supporters to get new technology for their classrooms and enhance learning for our children.

Who is eligible?
Teachers and schools can receive donations of any of the technology products we offer, or cash donations can be made directly into school and teacher accounts. Teachers that receive monetary donations for the Digital Wish accounts can purchase the technology items they need most for their classrooms.

How to Apply:
www.digitalwish.com/dw/digitalwish/register

Website:
www.digitalwish.com

Contact Details:
Digital Wish, PO Box 1072, Manchester Center, VT 05255, USA
Tel: (866) 344-7758


Family Welfare Association
The FWA gives one-off grants mainly to families and individuals with low incomes and particularly those living on benefits. They provide families with essential needs such as beds, cookers, transport, electronic aids, etc. A professional such as a Social Worker or Speech Therapist should make the application on behalf of the individual.

Who is eligible?
Family Action has been making grants to families and individuals in need since its foundation in 1869. We make both welfare grants, meeting a range of essential needs and educational grants, for the additional costs associated with education such as travel, books and equipment.

How to Apply:
www.family-action.org.uk/section.aspx?id=77

Website:
www.family-action.org.uk

Contact Details:
Grants Service, Family Welfare Association,501-505 Kingsland Road, London E8 4AU.
Tel: 020 7254 6251


Cerebra
Founded in 2001, Cerebra is a unique national charity that strives to improve the lives of children with brain-related neurological conditions, through research, education and direct, ongoing support.

Who is eligible?
We help children 16 or under with a wide range of neurodevelopmental disorders and conditions. The general areas we cover are listed below with a few examples of conditions that fall within the broader categories. If your child’s specific condition isn’t listed that doesn’t automatically mean we don’t cover it, if we listed every condition this page would go on forever! After reading this list, if you’re still unsure if we can help you please contact us.

How to Apply:
http://www.cerebra.org.uk/English/gethelp/grants/Pages/default.aspx

Website:
www.cerebra.org.uk

Contact Details:
Cerebra, Principality Buildings, 13 Guildhall Square, Carmarthen, SA31 1PR
Tel: 01267 244200


The J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust
The Trust's main aim has always been to fund well managed projects (working within its current areas of interest) which help to relieve poverty, support disadvantaged people, and effect long-term change where help is not readily available from the public or private purse. The Trust also provides funding for the arts, and towards the conservation of the natural and built environment.

Who is eligible?
At present, our grant making is largely focused on supporting registered charities in England, although applications are occasionally considered from other parts of the United Kingdom if the project is likely to be of nationwide significance. From time to time we may accept applications from Industrial Provident Societies or Community Interest Companies, but only where there is a very strong connection with one or more of our current funding priorities. If you represent one of these types of organisations, and wish to apply to the Trust, please contact us for advice before attempting to submit an online application. We do not accept applications from any form of organisation except those listed above. Please note that we are unable to fund, or respond to requests from individuals, or charities based outside the UK.

How to Apply:
www.jpgettytrust.org.uk/howtoapply.html

Website:
www.jpgettytrust.org.uk

Contact Details:
J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust, 1 Park Square West,London, NW1 4LJ
Tel: 020 7486 1859


Fidelio Charitable Trust
The Fidelio Charitable Trust was established in 2008 in support of the Arts in the United Kingdom. The Trustees aim to help individuals and groups who would not be able to carry out a project or activity without financial support, particularly those who are at an early stage in their careers. Such individuals and groups must be recommended by an appropriate person in an institution, college, Arts Festival and similar organisations. Applications by those seeking support for themselves will not be considered by the trustees.

Who is eligible?
Fidelio welcomes applications for grants in support of the Arts, in particular the dramatic and operatic arts, music, speech and dance.
Institutions, colleges, Arts Festivals and other arts organisations in the United Kingdom, may seek financial support as follows:
for individuals or groups of exceptional ability, whom they have been responsible for selecting, to enable them.

  • to receive special tuition or coaching (e.g. in the case of musicians to attend Master Classes)
  • to participate in external competitions.
  • to be supported for a specially arranged performance.
  • to receive support for a special publication, musical composition or work of art.

Applications from individuals or groups seeking support for themselves will not be accepted.

 

How to Apply:
www.fideliocharitabletrust.org.uk/howtoapply.php

Website:
http://www.fideliocharitabletrust.org.uk

Contact Details:
Tony Wingate, Fidelio Charitable Trust, 2nd Floor, 20-22 Stukeley Street, London, WC2B 5LR
Email: fidelio@act.eu.com


Grants for the arts
Grants for the arts are for activities carried out over a set period and which engage people in England in arts activities, and help artists and arts organisations in England carry out their work.

Who is eligible?
http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/funding/grants-arts/grants-arts-downloads/

How to Apply:
www.artscouncil.org.uk/media/uploads/Gfta_how_to_apply.pdf

Website:
www.artscouncil.org.uk/funding/grants-arts

Contact Details:
Arts Council England Grants for the arts, PO Box 4353, Manchester, M61 0DQ
Tel: 0845 300 6200
Email: enquiries@artscouncil.org.uk
Textphone: 020 7973 6564


The Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation
Music Funding
The Trustees recognise that music is seriously under-funded in the UK and will consider applications for support in those areas of music performance and education which do not readily attract backing from commercial sponsors or other funding bodies, or which are not eligible for public funding. Priority will be directed towards supporting the work or education of musicians based in, or wishing to study in, the UK, but by no means exclusively so. An important criterion will be whether, in the opinion of the Trustees, the funding sought will make a significant difference to the applicant's prospects.

Education & Social Exclusion Funding
The Foundation recognises that there are already considerable public resources allocated to these two areas. However, it will be willing to consider support for projects which may not qualify for public funding or attract other major funding bodies. Contributions towards the running expenses of projects for a strictly limited period will be considered.
Eligible projects would ideally:
  • be innovative
  • focus on the disadvantaged
  • have lasting effects

Who is eligible?
http://www.wingatefoundation.org.uk/supported_categories.php

How to Apply:
To apply for funding please complete the application form and submit it together with supporting documentation and your most recent financial accounts
www.wingatefoundation.org.uk/application_form.php

Website:
www.wingatefoundation.org.uk

Contact Details:
Karen Marshall, Administrator, The Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation, 20-22 Stukeley Street, London, WC2B 5LR


Awards For All
Awards for All gives groups a quick and easy way to get small Lottery grants of between £500 and £10,000.
Projects can encourage a wide range of community, arts, sports, heritage, health, education and environmental projects.
Funds are available for activities which bring people together, improve their quality of life, encourage them to take part in local activities and help groups to become well organised.

Who is eligible?
Awards for All gives groups a quick and easy way to get small Lottery grants of between £500 and £10,000.
Projects can encourage a wide range of community, arts, sports, heritage, health, education and environmental projects.
Funds are available for activities which bring people together, improve their quality of life, encourage them to take part in local activities and help groups to become well organised.
These include:

  • putting on an event, activity or performance buying new equipment or materials
  • running training courses
  • setting up a pilot project or starting up a new group
  • running a conference or seminar
  • carrying out special repairs or conservation work
  • advertising your event or group
  • paying expenses for volunteers, costs for sessional workers or professional fees
  • carrying out feasibility studies
  • transport costs

     

    How to Apply:
    Visit www.awardsforall.org.uk and select your area to find out how to apply.

    Website:
    www.awardsforall.org.uk

    Contact Details:
    Tel: 0845 4 10 20 30
    Email: general.enquiries@awardsforall.org.uk
    Visit: http://www.awardsforall.org.uk/contact.html for all contact details


  • Amber Trust
    The AMBER Trust was set up to bring hope and fulfilment to blind and partially sighted children who have a talent or a love for music.

    Who is eligible?
    The Awards are open to blind or partially sighted children and young people up to the age of 18, who may also have other physical disabilities and/or learning difficulties.
    http://www.ambertrust.org/content/view/129/63

    How to Apply:
    Visit www.ambertrust.org/content/view/130/63 and select your area to find out how to apply.

    Website:
    www.ambertrust.org

    Contact Details:
    The Amber Trust, 19 Scarsdale Villas, London, W8 6PT, England
    Email: info@ambertrust.org


    Paul Hamlyn Foundation
    Established in 1987 by the publisher and philanthropist Paul Hamlyn (1296-2001), Paul Hamlyn Foundation is one of the leading independent grant-making organisations in the UK. With UK programmes spanning the Arts, Education and Learning and Social Justice, and a programme of support for NGOs in India, the Foundation works to help people fulfil their potential and enjoy a better quality of life now and in the future.

    Who is eligible?
    www.phf.org.uk/page.asp?id=905

    How to Apply:
    Visit http://www.phf.org.uk/page.asp?id=885 and select your area to find out how to apply.

    Websites
    www.phf.org.uk www.phf.org.uk

    Contact Details:
    Paul Hamlyn Foundation, 18 Queen Anne's Gate, London, SW1H 9AA
    Tel: 020 7227 3500
    Email: information@phf.org.uk


    PRS for Music Foundation
    Our mission is to stimulate and support the creation and performance of new music throughout the UK and to ensure that this music is enjoyed by a wide audience. Over the past 10 years we have proved ourselves as a significant force in supporting pioneering musical activity. Since March 2000 we have supported over 4,000 new music initiatives to the tune of over £14 million. We do this through open grant schemes which are available to musicians and organisations four times per year and partnership programmes which we lead in response to specific needs and gaps in funding.
    www.prsformusicfoundation.com/About-Us/About-PRS-for-Music-Foundation

    Who is eligible?
    The Awards are open to blind or partially sighted children and young people up to the age of 18, who may also have other physical disabilities and/or learning difficulties.
    http://www.ambertrust.org/content/view/129/63

    Who is eligible?
    www.prsformusicfoundation.com/funding/guidelines.html

    How to Apply:
    Visit www.prsformusicfoundation.com/funding/guidelines.html

    Contact Details:
    PRS website states: If you're looking for funds to support your music activities please read all the information on our Funding pages and check out our Eligibility guide before contacting us.
    PRS for Music Foundation, 29-33 Berners Street, London, W1T 3AB
    Email: info@prsformusicfoundation.com


    The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
    The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation aims to improve the quality of life throughout the UK.
    We do this by funding the charitable activities of organisations that have the ideas and ability to achieve change for the better. We take pride in supporting work that might otherwise be considered difficult to fund.
    Our primary interests are in the arts, education and learning, the environment and enabling disadvantaged people to participate fully in society.

    Who is eligible?
    Our primary interests are in the arts, education and learning, the environment and enabling disadvantaged people to participate fully in society.

    How to Apply:
    www.esmeefairbairn.org.uk/funding/index.html

    Website:
    www.esmeefairbairn.org.uk

    Contact Details:
    Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG

    Tel: 020 7812 3700
    Fax: 020 7812 3701
    Email: info@esmeefairbairn.org.uk


    The Radcliffe Trust
    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.

    Who is eligible? 1. Applicant must be a registered charity or an exempt charity.
    2. Applicant must be based in the UK.
    3. Bursaries and other support for fees are normally paid to the education organisation.
    4. Applications are considered under eight headings;

    • i. composition and contemporary music
    • ii. bursaries for courses and summer schools; limited to U.K. based students
    • iii. music therapy / special needs
    • iv. academic research / projects
    • v. youth orchestras
    • vi. performance projects
    • vii. educational projects
    • viii. miscellaneous

    Exclusions
    • i. no retrospective grants
    • ii. no deficit funding
    • iii. no general appeals or endowment funds
    • iv. no operating costs
    • v. no competitions
    • vi. no capital projects

    How to Apply:
    www.theradcliffetrust.org/guidelines.php

    Website:
    www.theradcliffetrust.org

    Contact Details:
    The Radcliffe Trust, 6 Trull Farm Buildings, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, GL8 8SQ, UK
    Tel: 01285 841900
    Email: radcliffe@thetrustpartnership.com


    Children Today
    Children Today is the charity that raises funds to provide specialised equipment for children and young people with disabilities throughout the UK. Our aim is to ensure that every disabled child and young person fulfils their potential and leads an active childhood.

    Who is eligible?
    www.childrentoday.org.uk/how-we-can-help/how-we-can-help

    How to Apply:
    Call on 01244 335622 to discuss your needs and request an application form. Once you have received the form, you will be requested to:

    • Obtain a reference from someone who works with your child in a professional capacity (occupational therapist, teacher, social worker, doctor, etc)
    • Provide a pro forma invoice or quotation from the supplier of the equipment
    • Provide some basic financial information
    • Simply return the application form along with the supporting information to Children Today.

     

    Website:
    www.childrentoday.org.uk

    Contact Details:
    Children Today Charitable Trust, The Moorings, Rowton Bridge, Christleton, Chester, CH3 7AE
    Tel: 01244 335622
    Email: info@childrentoday.org.uk


    Nihal Armstrong Trust
    We are a small charity set up in memory of Nihal Armstrong, who died aged 17, on the eve of his GCSE exams. Nihal had cerebral palsy.

    We provide children with essential pieces of equipment, communication aids or specific services that their local authority does not provide.

    Who is eligible?
    Children (up to and including the age of 18) with cerebral palsy.

    How to Apply:

    • Do you have a child (up to and including the age of 18) with cerebral palsy?
    • Is there a piece of equipment, communication aid or a particular service that you think will benefit your child and which your local authority will not fund?
    • Are you having difficulties paying for it?
    • Are you on means tested benefits?
    • Does it cost less than £1000?
    • Can you find a professional to back up your claim?
    If your answer to all these questions is yes, then we may be able to help. Please note that we do not fund holidays, refurbishment costs and household appliances, like washing machines.

     

    Website:
    www.nihalarmstrongtrust.org.uk

    Contact Details:
    The Nihal Armstrong Trust, 111 Chatsworth Road, London, NW2 4BH
    Tel: 020 8459 6527
    Email: info@nihalarmstrongtrust.org.uk


    Lifeline 4 Kids
    We are a UK national children's charity established in 1961. Originally known as The Handicapped Children's Aid Committee, our working name has now changed to Lifeline 4 Kids. We help children throughout the UK and occasionally abroad. Our members work on an entirely voluntary basis and we have no paid staff or fundraisers.

    Who is eligible?
    www.lifeline4kids.org/application

    How to Apply:
    www.lifeline4kids.org/application

    Website:
    www.lifeline4kids.org

    Contact Details:
    Lifeline 4 Kids, 215 West End Lane, West Hampstead, London, NW6 1XJ
    Tel: 020 7794 1661


    Find A Voice
    Find A Voice is a charity based in Ashford, Kent. We have been providing advice and support to people with speech and communication difficulties since 1996. If you are someone who uses a communication aid; a parent, family member or carer of someone who has communication difficulties; a professional working in the field of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC); or someone with an interest in the field, we hope that you will find this site a useful source of information.

    Who is eligible?
    Family Action has been making grants to families and individuals in need since its foundation in 1869. We make both welfare grants, meeting a range of essential needs and educational grants, for the additional costs associated with education such as travel, books and equipment.

    How to Apply:
    Contact Find a Voice directly to find out.

    Website:
    www.findavoice.org.uk/

    Contact Details:
    Tel: 01233-634625


    Family Fund
    We are the UK's largest provider of grants to low-income families raising disabled and seriously ill children and young people. We help ease the additional pressures families face. We can help with essential items such as washing machines, fridges and clothing but can also consider grants for sensory toys, computers and much needed family breaks together.

    Who is eligible?
    low-income families raising disabled and seriously ill children and young people
    Applications for a Family Fund grant can be made by the parent* or carer* of the disabled child or young person. Young people aged 16 and 17 can make an application in their own right.

    Applications should be made per family.

    If you are making an application on behalf of more than one disabled child, please complete an additional child form for each child you are applying for.

    *This should be the person who has parental responsibility for the child and with whom the child lives.

    How to Apply:
    www.familyfund.org.uk/grants/how-to-apply

    Website:
    www.familyfund.org.uk

    Contact Details:
    Family Fund, 4 Alpha Court, Monks Cross Drive, York, YO32 9WN


    Mitsubishi Eclectic America Foundation
    The Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation (MEAF) is a small foundation with a big mission: To help make Changes for the Better for the one-out-of-five Americans of student age who have physical, mental, or learning disabilities.
    The Foundation's impact is intended to be as broad and lasting as possible to serve the largest number of young people with disabilities. But we also focus on the individual, on the small changes for the better that can make a big difference in people's lives...

    Who is eligible?
    http://www.meaf.org/grants-current.php

    How to Apply:
    www.meaf.org/how-to-apply.php

    Website:
    www.meaf.org

    Contact Details:
    Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation, 1560 Wilson Blvd, Suite 1150, Arlington, VA 22209, USA
    Tel: 703.276.8240
    Fax: 714.220.4855


    Private Funding Ideas
    Some people choose to raise money by organising sponsored events such as fun runs, swimathons, parachute jumps, abseils, walks, quizzes, benefit concerts, telethons, fashion shows, talent shows, etc. For the less energetic, why not organise raffles, book sales, boot sales, garage sales, etc. Some people have been successful in raising funds simply by writing to their local newspaper, and by contacting large and / or local businesses.
    Other useful charities worth contacting might include your local rotary club, Golf clubs, etc. If you belong to a union or other trade body it may also be worth contacting them to enquire whether they would fund all or part of this type of equipment.

    Institute of Fundraising
    There is some useful information under the ‘Information about Fundraising’ tab. Established in 1983, the Institute of Fundraising is the professional body for fundraising, working to develop, promote and champion excellence in fundraising. Visit: www.institute-of-fundraising.org.uk