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 PO Box 281, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 9BU.

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. This application is being made on behalf of:
    (Options given are Cathedral, Choir, Church, College, School, and Other)

  2. Name and style of person making the application
    Position in organisation
    Telephone and/or e.mail address

  3. Please give precise details of the purpose for which help is being requested.

  4. What are the financial requirements?

  5. Please give details of financial situation of the organisation applying for help, and say why this project cannot be funded from existing resources.

  6. Is this a "once only" application or is it anticipated that further help will be requested?
    a. Has application been made elsewhere for assistance?
    b. If so, to whom and when?
    c.What was the result of this application?

  7. To what other sources, if any, will application be made?

  8. Please give the names and addresses of two persons to whom the Ouseley Trust can refer in support of this application.

  9. Additional information (if any)

Procedure & Guidelines

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

Submission of applications
2. Applications must be submitted by an institution (not by an individual). Usually this will be a cathedral, choral foundation, parish church, choir or choir school.

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

4. The Trustees meet twice in each year - usually in March and October. The closing date for applications for consideration in the spring is 28 February and in the autumn, 30 June.

5. Applications for projects which will be substantially complete by the closing date will not be considered.

6. Under normal circumstances, grants will not be awarded for building projects, the making of recordings, the purchase of furniture or liturgical objects, the repair of organs, the purchase of pianos or other instrucments, the design or acquisition of robes, or tours and visits.

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

Accompanying documentation
8. Applications (except for help with fees) must be accompanied by (a) up-to-date accounts of the institution making the application, (b) particulars of the choir and the organist/musical director, and (c) a short description (not more than 200 words) of the foundation's musical tradition and aspirations together with details of (a) the scale and frequency of the use of the choral liturgy and (b) any music education outreach work in which the foundation may be involved.

9. Grants will be awarded only where there is a clear indication that an already acceptable standard of choral service will be raised thereby. Under certain circumstances, grants may be awarded for organ tuition.

10. Applications should be accompanied by a short (not more than 150 words) statement setting out the way in which the capital sum required is calculated.

11. Applications must be submitted by the institution concerned and should be for a maximum of two years. If an application is for only one year's fees then a further application may not be made before two years has elapsed from the date of the initial application.

12. Grants will be awarded only for children who are presently, or likely to become, choristers for the academic year(s) in question. Grants will not be awarded to enable a child to take up a choristership.

13. Please state clearly the gross annual fees before any discounts, bursaries or other awards and whether they are for boarding or day pupils. In addition, the parents (or guardians) of the child will be required to complete a statement of their financial resources.

14. One of the referees should be the organist or director of music of the choral foundation concerned.

15. Help is not available for choristers at Brecon, Ely, Norwich, Rochester and St Alban's cathedrals where the Trust has endowed scholarships in perpetuity.

16. The director of music or organist of the choral foundation concered (not the school) must provide a timely reference outlining the child's contribution to the choir.

17. The trustees take into account all aspects of an application for help with fees, e.g., the financial circumstances of the parent(s), the musical reference, the frequency with which the child sings the daily office, &c.

18. Grants will be awarded only where the replacement of old or the purchase of new music will assist the promotion or maintenance of high choral standards. Grants will not be awarded for chant books, hymnals or psalters.

Other projects
19. Each application will be considered on its merits, keeping in mind the specific terms of the Trust's objects. Unique, imaginative ventures will receive careful consideration.

20. This category has been suspended for the foreseeable future and grants will not be awarded.

21. Successful applicants in all categories (except fees and the purchase of music) will be asked to provide a written report after 12 months on the success of their project.

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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