The goal of Scops Arts Trust is to help people to understand, participate in and enjoy the performing arts.
Our current interests lie in supporting organisations run by committed and passionate individuals to deliver projects that:
- Widen access to the performing arts and have a lasting cultural impact on the community
- Enhance the provision and quality of music education in schools and / or engage children and young people in music outside of school
We are particularly keen to help small-to-medium-sized organisations, although large charities are not excluded from applying. Most of our current grants support projects run by registered charities, but in exceptional circumstances, we will consider applications from established community groups as long as they have clear charitable aims. We award one-off grants and also consider multi-year funding.
This is a summary of our grant-making criteria and should answer most of the questions you may have. Further guidance can be found on the FAQs page. Please read both pages carefully to help you decide if your organisation and project are a good fit for Scops Arts Trust. You can download these guidelines to read later if you’d prefer.
Who can apply
The types of organisation we support are generally registered charities, but we will consider applications from social enterprises, community groups, etc, if they are formally constituted and have clear charitable purposes. Whilst we do not exclude large charities, applications from small to medium sized organisations will be looked on more favourably.
Where are you located
We support organisations located in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
What do we fund
Our current areas of interest are:
- Widening access to the performing arts and having a lasting cultural impact on the community
- Enhancing the provision and quality of music education in schools and / or engaging children and young people in music outside of school
We only support projects or programmes which have yet to begin; we do not fund retrospectively.
Our overarching aim is to give people of all ages opportunities to understand, participate in and enjoy the performing arts. It’s important that you bear this in mind at each stage of the application process and try to communicate how your organisation and project will do this.
Most of our grants are for projects but we will consider contributions towards specific core costs of smaller organisations where a grant from Scops Arts Trust could make an impact. Grant awards start at a few hundred pounds. While we have previously awarded multi-year grants of up to £30,000 per annum, applicants should be aware that the majority of grants we make are considerably less than this.
Go to the link below, read (or download) the full guidelines and take the eligibility test before applying.
The deadline for applications is Wednesday 14 July at 17:00