Grant Funding Opportunities

Music Equipment, Japanese Studies, SEN Buildings and Equipment

Please refer to the Education Buildings Team Funding Page for more grant opportunities


Funding for Schools to Purchase Musical Equipment

Schools, individual students and teachers in the UK, that wish to buy musical instruments and equipment can apply for funding of up to £2,000 through the EMI Music Sound Foundation's Instrument and/or Equipment Awards.


The Foundation has made awards to over 2,000 schools, individual students and teachers improve their access to music through buying or upgrading musical instruments and equipment. Schools need to use the funding for music education that is beyond statutory national curriculum music teaching. The Foundation cannot fund retrospectively and schools are not eligible for financial assistance under this scheme if they have already bought their instruments or if they do so before their application has been approved. In order to apply for financial support you must complete the EMI Music Sound Foundation's application form.


The closing date for applications is 3rd February 2015.


Wolfson Foundation – Disability and Special Needs Grants Programme

The Wolfson Foundation has announced that its Disability and Special Grants Programme is open for applications.  Through the programme, the Wolfson Foundation makes grants of between £15,000 - £100,000 to special schools and colleges as well as charities that work with people with particular health needs or disabilities. Nearly £10 million has been awarded over the last five years to over 200 different organisations. Grants are made for new buildings, major refurbishment work, equipment or vehicles.


Previous grants awarded include:

  • Ravenscliffe High School and Sports College, West Yorkshire which received a grant of £52,000 for a sensory room in a new 16-25 learning centre
  • Redcar and Cleveland Mind which received a grant of £35,000 towards supported housing for people with mental health needs.
  • Hope House School, Newark which received a grant of 7,000 to purchase music equipment for a sensory room.

There is a two stage application process:


Stage 1 applications should be submitted by 5th January 2015. Successful applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by 1st March 2015.


Funding for Cultural and Educational Exchanges with Japan

Organisations and schools in the UK that wish to develop links with Japan and Japanese schools are able to apply for funding through the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.  The Foundation makes small grants to support activities that support the study of Japanese language and culture, School, Education and Youth exchanges. In the past the Foundation has made grants towards visits between the UK and Japan by teachers and young people and the teaching and development of Japanese language and cultural studies in schools.

Organisations that have successfully applied to the Foundation include:

Haverstock School, London, which received a grant of £3,000 to support a cultural and language exchange with a high school in Tokyo.

Truro College which received a grant of £2,000 for a football exchange programme with Tokai Daigo High School in Japan.


The next closing date for applications is 15th December 2014.



Published: 26/09/2014
Audience: School Staff and SEN Schools
Contact: Darren Starkey

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