The Radcliffe Trust

Status:Open to applications


Funding is available for UK registered charities working in music, and heritage and crafts

Value Notes

No minimum or maximum level of grant is specified.

The majority of grants are one-off payments or recurrent annual grants over a two to three year period.


Extended Description

No minimum or maximum level of grant is specified.

The majority of grants are one-off payments or recurrent annual grants over a two to three year period.

Latest Information

Applicants are advised to submit an application well in advance of the following deadlines:

  • Annual Music deadlines: 31 January and 31 August.
  • Annual Heritage & Crafts deadlines: 31 January and 31 July.

Key Criteria      

Registered charities that are based in the UK are eligible to apply.

Eligible Expenditure     

Music Grants

The 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.

Applications are considered under the following headings:

  • Composition and contemporary music.
  • Bursaries for courses and summer schools for UK based students.
  • Music therapy/special needs.
  • Academic research/projects.
  • Youth orchestras.
  • Performance projects.
  • Educational projects.
  • Miscellaneous.

Heritage & Crafts Grants

The Trust supports the development of the skills, knowledge and experience that underpin the UK’s traditional cultural heritage and crafts sectors. This includes support for craft and conservation training, for practical projects, particularly those that include a strong training element, and for strategic and capacity-building projects which demonstrate clear benefits to the sector. However, the Trust will consider other projects, should they fall broadly within its remit. The Trust wishes to promote standards of excellence through all its support.


Funding is not available for the following:

  • Retrospective grants.
  • Deficit funding.
  • General appeals or endowment funds.
  • Operating costs.
  • Capital projects.

Under Music Grants, funding is not available for competitions.

Under Heritage & Crafts Grants, funding is not available for conference fees or associated costs, or projects that are solely or primarily about nature conservation.

Application Process

All applications must include:

  • A cover letter, which should include the applicant's official address, telephone number, email address and charity registration number. The letter should be headed with the project title and the applicant should make clear his/her position in the charity. This letter should not include information on the project itself as this should be within the grant request.
  • No more than three pages setting out the grant request. The request should be structured under the following headings:
    • Project title.
    • Summary of the request (in no more than 40 words).
    • Timing of the project.
    • Project background and description.
    • Budget (to include a financial breakdown and total cost of the project as well as other income secured or requested and from what sources).
    • Total requested (either as a one-off or recurrent grant).
    • Previous grants from the Radcliffe Trust (an indication of past grants, with details of the year, amount and purpose of grants received over the last five years).

Any other supporting information may not be circulated to the Trustees.

The cover letter and grant request should be emailed to the Administrator as Word or Excel documents and a hard copy also sent by post.

Contact The Radcliffe Trust for further information.

Address & Contacts :

Application forms may be available to download on the website

Contact details:
The Administrator The Radcliffe Trust
6 Trull Farm Buildings
Telephone:01285 841900