Procedure & Guidelines

The Trustees' current policy is to make grants in the following areas:

  • Courses for individuals or groups
  • Endowment grants for scholarships or bursaries
  • Fees for individual choristers having places at recognised choir schools
  • Purchase of liturgical music
  • Other projects (e.g., outreach) of an innovative kind that are likely to further the object of the Trust in a direct and effective way. In very exceptional circumstances, these may include music commissions.

In EVERY case, the project for which a grant is sought must have a direct bearing on the promotion and maintenance to a high standard of choral services.

Applications for help must be submitted on the Trust's official application form which may be had of the Clerk at The Ouseley Church Music Trust, PO Box 1505, Wroxham, Norwich, NR12 8TJ.

If you are thinking of applying for a grant, please (a) consider carefully the questions set out below before asking for an application form and (b) read the section entitled Guidelines.

Application Form

The questions on the application form are posted here so that potential applicants can consider them before asking for a form.

  1. Name of Church, Choral Foundation, School, Choiror other institution making the application
    Name of child (if appropriate)
    Sex of child (if appropriate)

  2. Name and style of person making the application
    Address (including postcode)
    Position in organisation
    Telephone and/ email address

  3. Please give details of the project/purpose for which help is being requested (not more than 200words). NB Leaflets and other attachments, and links to webpages, may not be seen nor accessed by the trustees.

  4. What are the financial requirements?

  5. Please give details of financial situation of the organisation applying for help; andsay why this project cannot be funded from existing resources.Please enclose a copy of the organisation’s most recent audited or independently examined accounts.

  6. Is this a "once only" application or is it anticipated that further help will be requested?

  7. Has an application for assistance with this project been made elsewhere? If so, to whom and when? What was/were the result(s) of the application(s)?

  8. To what other sources (if any), will application be made?
    Do you monitor the diversity of your choir(s)? If so, please attach the most recent report on this.

  9. Please give the names and contact details of two persons to whom the Trust can referin support of this application.

  10. Additional information (if any)

Procedure & Guidelines

The Trust’s object is to promote and maintain a high standard of choral service in the Church of England, the Church in Walesand the Church of Ireland. This includes support for the education of pupils attending any school where the choral liturgy is sung within one of these three denominations.

Currently the Trustees’ policy is to make grants in the following areas:

  • Courses for individuals or groups.
  • Endowment and other grants for scholarships, bursariesor choral developmental projects.
  • Fees for individual choristers having places at recognised choir schools.
  • Travel and other expenses for individual choristers at cathedrals and choral foundations.
  • Purchase of liturgical music.
  • Other projects (e.g., outreach) of an innovative kind that are likely to further the Trust’s object in a direct and effective way. In exceptional circumstances, these may include music commissions. In EVERYcase, the project must have a direct bearing on the promotion and maintenance of a high standard of choral services.

1. For the time being, this category has been withdrawn and grants will not be made.

Application forms
2. Applications must be submitted on the Trust's official form which may be had of the Clerk.

Submission of applications
3. Applications must be submitted by an institution. Usually this will be a cathedral, choral foundation, parish church, choiror choir school. Exceptionally applications for help with courses may be made by an individual aged over 21.

4. Applications by fax or e-mail will not be accepted.

5. The Trustees meet twice a year -usually in March and October. The respective closingdates for applications are 28 February and 30 June.

6. The Trustees will not consider applications for projects that will be substantially completed by the closing date.

7. The Trustees do notmake grants for building projects, recordings, the purchase of furniture, clothing or liturgical objects, instrumental repairs or purchases (including organs), or for tours and visits.

Repeat applications
8. The Trustees do not normally make further grants to successful applicants within a two-year period.

9. The Trustees will only award a grant for a course where it is clear that an already acceptable standard of choral service will be enriched. Under certain circumstances, grants may be awarded for organ tuition.

Endowments or capital grants
10. NBThe Trust no longer makes substantial (i.e., > £10,000) grants to endow choristerships or lay clerks’ places.

Documents required (other than where the application is for fees)
11. Applications must be accompanied by:

  • up-to-date audited or independently examined accounts of the applicant organisation;
  • particulars of the choir and the organist/musical director and the amount spent annually on the music;
  • a short description (not more than 200 words) of the organisation’s musical tradition and aspirations;
  • details of the scale and frequency of the use of the choral liturgy and any music education outreach work in which the organisation may be involved; and
  • a statement as to how the standard of the music will be enhanced and/or the frequency and scale of the use of the choral liturgy will be enhanced.
  • a short (not more than 200 words) statement setting out the way in which any capital sum is calculated.

Applications for support towards school fees
12. Applications must be submitted by the choral foundation / school concerned and must be for not more than two years. NBIf an application is made for only one year’s fees, a further application will not be accepted until a period of two years has elapsed.
13. Grants will be awarded only for children who are presently, or likely to become, choristers for the academic year(s) in question.
14. The application form must state the grossannual fees before any discounts, bursaries or other awards and whether they are for boarding or day pupils.
15. The parents (or guardians) of the child will be required to complete a statement of their financial resources. The foundation / school is required to endorse this information. The Trust may share such information with other grant-making trusts and foundations.
16. We ask for the names of two referees, one of whom should be the organist or choirmaster of the choral foundation itself (not the school), who should provide a relevant reference outlining the child’s present and possible future contribution to the choir.
17. The Trustees take into account all aspects of an application for help with fees, including the financial circumstances of theparent(s), the musical reference, as well as the frequency with which the child sings the dailyoffices.

18. The Trustees will only award grants where the replacement of old or the purchase of new music will assist the promotion or maintenance of high choral standards. We do not make grants for books of chants, hymns or psalms.

Other Projects
19. The Trustees will consider each application on its merits, keeping in mind the specific terms of the Trust’s objects. Unique, imaginative ventures will receive careful consideration.

20. The Trust will ask successful applicants in all categories (except fees and the purchase of music) to provide a written report after 12 months on the success of their project.
21. Where appropriate, successful applicants will be asked to supply (a) a copy of their current safe-guarding policy for children certified by the priest in charge ofthe religious foundation or chairperson of the PCC; and (b) details of the charitable status of the institution.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why can't I download an application form?
The completed application form becomes your folder within our simple no-frills paper-based filing system.

What's the maximum grant?
The largest grant we have made is ₤50,000 to a cathedral. The maximum we are likely to give towards fees is ₤5,000.

Will I have to disclose my income?
Only if you are the parent or guardian of a child for whom an application for help with fees is being made. Churches, cathedrals and other institutions are asked to send a copy of their most recent annual report & accounts.

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