Scops Arts Trust – Grant Guidelines


The Scops Art Trust offer grants to support organisations run by committed and passionate individuals to deliver projects that:

  • Improve the provision and quality of music education in schools
  • Engage children and young people in music outside of school
  • Widen access to the arts for everyone, regardless of any disadvantage they face because of their health, financial or social circumstances.
  • Reach audiences in parts of the country where arts events are not usually found.


The types of organisation the Scops Art Trust support are generally registered charities, but they consider applications from social enterprises, community groups etc, if they are formally constituted and have clear charitable purposes. Whilst large charities are not excluded, applications from small to medium sized organisations will be looked on more favourably.


Scops Art Trust support organisations located in the United Kingdom.


The Trust support projects and programmes that have yet to begin; they do not fund retrospectively.


Grants from Scops Art Trust usually range from £2000 up to £30,000 with the potential in some cases for repeat funding up to three years (maximum award £90,000). Most grants are for specific projects, but the trust will consider contributions towards the core costs of smaller organisations where a grant from Scops Art Trust could make an impact.


Grant requests that trustees will not normally support are:

  • Contributions to general appeals
  • Religious activity which is not for wider public benefit
  • Public bodies to carry out their statutory obligations
  • Activities which have already taken place
  • Grant-making by other organisations
  • Privately owned and profit distributing companies
  • Individuals


This is what to expect if you decide to apply for a grant to Scops Art Trust.

  • Pre-application stage – applicants should take the Eligibility Quiz
  • If you are successful, you will be invited to make a Stage 1 application via email
  • Your Stage 1 application will be reviewed by at least two trustees
  • A Stage 2 shortlist will be drawn up and the selected applicants will be invited to complete a Stage 2 online application form.
  • Applications must present a strong case for support, clearly explaining what you will do with the grant, who will benefit, how you know that the work you are proposing will make a difference to the beneficiaries and how you will be able to measure this.
  • During the assessment phase of Stage 2 applications, applicants may be contacted by a trustee and/or the Administrator to request additional information; Trustees may also conduct assessment visits or calls, as Scops Arts Trust aims to be an engaged funder.
  • A final shortlist of applications will then be presented to the Board of Trustees at a quarterly meeting for their consideration.
  • Decisions made by the Board of Trustees are final and unsuccessful applicants will not be able to appeal.
  • Before paying grants, Scops Art Trust will make due diligence checks on your organisation’s governance and finance.

To check your organisations eligibility and learn how to apply, click here.


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