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Grants for Chesterfield Young Musicians

Young people, schools or other organisations in Chesterfield are able to apply for grants to help them continue and develop their music making

Thanks to a bequest from a local resident, Derbyshire County Council is offering individual grants of up to £500 for those aged 5 to 18, and grants of up to £2,000 for schools and other organisations operating in Chesterfield.

The money can help to support any kind of music-maker wanting to progress their studies either by either buying equipment, paying for lessons or support to further develop a young person’s musical talent.

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Award schedule | Eligibility and critera | Making an application

Award schedule

Grants will be awarded at four times during the academic year:

  • Grants awarded at the end of January 2022
    Deadline for applications and referee statements: Sunday 9 January 2022.
  • Grants awarded at the end of March 2022
    Deadline for applications and referee statements: Sunday 6 March 2022.
  • Grants awarded at the end of June 2022
    Deadline for applications and referee statements: Sunday 5 June 2022.

Eligibility, criteria and the application process

We welcome applications from or on behalf of any young musician who meets the following criteria:

  • Who can apply | Applications are welcome from or on behalf of anyone aged 5 to 18, or by schools or other providers of music activities to fund projects to further develop young musicians.
  • Locations | Applicants must reside or go to school in the Chesterfield area or live in Derbyshire and the organisation they attend must provide regular activities to young people in Chesterfield | Organisations or shcools must provide regular activities to young musicians in the Chesterfield area. If you are unsure about whether this applies to you, please contact
  • Grant limits | Maximum individual grant is £500 | Maximum project grant to schools and organisations is £2000 | Nothing can be funded retrospectively.
  • Feedback | Successful applicants will be required to complete a feedback from regarding the outcomes and impact of the grant.
  • Repeat applications | If an application has already been unsuccessful we regret we cannot consider it again unchanged, however we would accept an amended application. Unfortunately we can't give individual feedback on unsuccessful applications. Organisations and individuals can apply for more than one grant over time for different activities up to the grant limits.

What types of activity is eligible for a grant?

  • Access to music | Pupils whose personal circumstances might prevent them from continuing to access music activities after first access (first access to music provision for young people in Derbyshire is usually free of charge through the Derby & Derbyshire Music Partnership).
  • Financial assistance for continued access | To support and nurture pupils’ musical talent when growing costs have become a demand on the family budget.
  • One-off costs | To support access to national experts, equipment and/or resources (assistance with related fees or expenses) and for the attendance at music activity courses, trips and tours (including overseas).
  • Music projects | Schools and other providers of music activities are welcome to apply for project funding. We would need to know how many young musicians will be involved and how sustainable the project will be in enabling those supported to continue their musical journey.

The application process

  • Applications | Applications are made using our online process at any time.
  • Referees | Applicants must provide the details of an independent referee (e.g. an individual's instrumental or vocal teacher or an organisation's governing body) who is willing to provide a supporting statement upon request. This request will be made by email after receiving an application.
  • Submission | Applications and supporting statements from a referee must both be submitted before the deadline to be considered for the next award period. We advise you to allow at least two weeks from submitting an application for us to request a supporting statement, and your referee completing and sending it to us.
  • Judging of applications | Every application will be considered solely on information provided in the submission, taking into consideration the statement provided by the independent referee.
  • Who is on the panel? | Applications will be judged by a panel made up of the Chair of the Derbyshire Music Education Hub, the Head of the Derby & Derbyshire Music Partnership and at least one Derbyshire County Council elected member.

Making an application

Please follow the button link below to submit an online application. We advise that you ask your referee before making an application.

Individual applications: apply online Organisation applications: apply online