Grants for writers and researchers – The Q Fund

The Sir Arthur Quiller Couch Memorial Fund was set up as a charitable trust in 1945. (Charity No. 306599).

Grants of between £50 to £500 are awarded for local research work in literary or allied subjects. Grants may be used to support travelling, obtaining transcripts or other expenses in conducting research, or to contribute to production costs, including editing, design and printing. The Committee is keen to promote diversity, excellence and creativity in Cornish literature and humanities.

Cornwall Council is the Trustee and holds the Trust Fund on behalf of a small Committee which is the award-making body.


How to apply for a Q Fund Grant

You can apply to the fund at any time. The Committee meets in December and May each year and your application will be submitted to the next available meeting. Your application needs to contain the following three items:

Your contact details
A full written submission
An extract or summary of work already undertaken

Your contact details – please remember to include:

Title, Forename(s), Surname
Post Code
E-mail Address
Telephone Number

Full Written Submission – please include the following:

Topic of your study/research and, if decided, its title.
Research plan: what sources have you used, and what are you expecting to use? Give an indication of the work you have completed and what still remains to be done.
Any contacts you have made with others who are undertaking or have undertaken similar areas of research.
Anticipated completion date, and outcome (e.g. article or book for publication).
Estimated costs of your research/study (e.g. travelling, photocopying etc.).
The amount you are applying for
Whether you have applied for/received other grants (this will not necessarily influence the Trustees’ decision).
Are you a student and, if so, full or part time?
Whether you have previously applied for a ‘Q’ Fund Grant.
Where you found out about the ‘Q’ Fund. An extract or summary of work already undertaken

Extract or Summary

Please include a brief extract of your work and/or include a summary of the progress that you have made with your project to date.

Please send your application to:

The Secretary,
The Q Fund,
Cornwall Council,
5th Floor, Zone A,
Pydar House,
Truro, Cornwall TR1 1XU

Or email: (please put ‘Q’ in the subject line)

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Wellbeing & Prevention Grants Programme

The Cornwall Community Foundation manages and distributes funding on behalf of individuals, companies, charitable trusts and statutory agencies to meet needs in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly.

This programme awards small grants to organisations in Cornwall that can make a real difference in their local community. The funds are aimed at community groups which can enhance the quality of life for people with care and support needs through developing a range of activities and events. The focus of projects must be on

social inclusion, integration and independence
These grants support projects enhancing the quality of life for people with care & support needs through: Increasing wellbeing, quality of life and self-management, increasing independence, increasing community support and connection, increasing support through housing & preventing isolation and loneliness.
All beneficiaries are over the age of 18 years old

  • All projects must be completed by 31st March 2016 and the end of grant report/ evidence of spend must be completed and returned to CCF by this date.
  • Grants typically range from £250 to £3,000
  • (Figures must be based on no more than £50.00 per beneficiary, with a minimum of 10 people benefitting).

For further information or to request an application form please contact the Cornwall Community Foundation on either 01566779865 or, the office is open Monday-Friday, 9am to 5pm.

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Good Story – funding and mentoring to young entrepreneurs between the ages of 18-30

Good Story was set up by the family of the beautiful and talented Mimi Watts who died at the age of 26 in a snowboarding accident just over a year ago. Mimi had so much passion but struggled to get her fashion label off the ground and always expressed a need for a mentor to help her through some of difficult the first steps. So the idea for the charity was born and we have helped over 50 young creative entrepreneurs in the last year and have secured a list of over 200 fantastic mentors including the likes of Ted Ridgeway Watt and Claire Johnsen of NWES.

If you feel our organisation could be of any help to your young artists then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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The Fidelio Trust Grants Programme (UK)

The Fidelio Trust offers grants of up to £5,000 in support of the Arts, in particular the dramatic and operatic arts, music, speech and dance. The Trustees aim to help individuals and groups such as Colleges, Arts Festivals and other arts organisations who would not be able to carry out a project or activity without financial support. Funding is available for tuition or coaching; to participate in external competitions; to be supported for a specially arranged performance; and to receive support for a special publication, musical composition or work of art.

The next closing date for applications is the 1st October 2013.

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Music for All offers support for music projects in the community

The Music for All charity is delighted to be in a position to offer MIA members the chance to be involved in a project that will create and support more musicians in their community. The MIA is the UK trade body for the musical instrument industry and members range from retailers to suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, educators, publishers, media organisations, grading bodies and insurers. The Music for All charity is run by volunteers from the MIA membership.

Music for All wants every member to consider what could be done in their community to either create new musicians, keep existing ones playing or bring lapsed musicians back into the fold!

This is naturally in tune with the Music for All mission of “Making More Musicians”.

For example, this could be anything from:
a) A community brass band that needs some additional support in order to continue its work
b) A school that wants to offer music lessons, but lacks the means
c) A start–up project to create rehearsal space for new bands to practice
d) A programme to get lapsed musicians back playing again (eg Weekend Warriors)
The examples above are certainly not an exhaustive list and MIA members will have all sorts of additional ideas. We are keen to see what everyone comes up with…..

The projects will be a partnership between the member, Music for All and, wherever possible, the local Music Hub/local Music Service (or other community partner). Music for All plans to support the project financially as far as possible, but is hoping that the Hubs will be able to contribute as well.

How does it work?
Very simple, Music for All simply needs a straightforward form to be completed detailing the project proposal. The charity will then investigate the proposal, look at the viability and identify any potential partners. All being well, the project goes ahead and the member is then directly working with the charity to “do some good” in their area and….to create some more musicians whom will all need a shop in their vicinity to look after their needs!
The charity will naturally also work with the member and partners to generate all possible publicity for the project.

No rush, the charity will be looking at project proposals on a quarterly basis in order to give everyone time to both identify and consider the suggestions. The first round of submissions needs to be submitted to Music for All by the end of June 2013. (and then end September, December and March).

For all enquiries and the application form, please contact Music for All at: 01403 800500

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Money for music – BBC announces music scheme as part of the Performing Arts Fund

This year the BBC Performing Arts Fund will be giving £450,000 to the development of new music and new musicians through two new schemes – Community Music and Music Fellowships.

We have already funded plenty of musicians and music projects in our time. We gave money to Adele when she was just fifteen to pay for her first home recording equipment, and look where she’s ended up! Okay, so we can’t guarantee that kind of success but you never know where talent, some help, and a bit of old fashioned hard work will take you.

Launching in May, the Community Music scheme will support grassroots music groups from across the UK. Grants awarded will allow groups to carry out training, attract new audiences, encourage new members and raise their profile in their community. Groups can apply for up to £5,000 for a distinct development project. Furthermore, grants of up to £10,000 will be awarded to groups wishing to commission new music.

The Music Fellowships scheme will open for applications in August and is designed to support individuals through the early stages of their music careers; helping them to establish themselves in the industry through bespoke placements within existing music organisations. Grants will be awarded to music companies, organisations, venues and agencies in order to host a BBC Performing Arts Fund Music fellow.

The Voice

As you may already know, the charity is funded through revenue from the voting lines of BBC One entertainment programmes such as Strictly Come Dancing and Over the Rainbow. This year, we are also delighted to announce that the new BBC One entertainment show The Voice will be raising money for the Fund through phone voting lines. The Voice will be looking for incredible new vocal talent from across the UK to support and nurture.

The Fund has been working with emerging talent for a number of years and hope that this funding from The Voice will allow us to continue to our work in through to 2013.

For more information go to:

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Youth Music launches its new funding model

Youth Music has launched its new funding model today (3 November 2011) and those seeking funding can now apply via the Youth Music Network website.

The funding model, entitled the Youth Music Programme, comprises a new knowledge-sharing network and grants programme.

Further information is available at

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The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation

The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation

What We Do

The Foundation believes that in order to maintain vibrancy in the arts, it is critical that the new generation of potential artists are nurtured and encouraged.  Recognising that these are difficult economic times to get a start in artistic life, the Trustees are prioritising projects that enable people to develop their abilities and careers.  Applications to fund projects that provide professional training, apprenticeships and work place experience in all areas of the arts, from stone masonry to stage electricians, will be welcomed.

In November 2010 the Trustees of The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation agreed to fund ten Musical Theatre course scholarships per annum at renowned musical theatre colleges throughout the UK, to commence in September 2011.

Other Projects
The objects of The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation are to promote the arts, culture and heritage for the public benefit. As well as providing Musical Theatre scholarships and supporting projects through The Architectural Heritage Fund, the Trustees welcome applications to support projects in the areas of culture, heritage and the arts and will consider funding towards projects that make a real and ongoing difference to people’s lives.

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Steel Charitable Trust

The Steel Charitable Trust is a grant-making trust supporting general charitable purposes.

Grants of between £1,000 and £25,000 are made to registered charities in the UK within the areas of:
• arts and culture
• environment
• health
• education
• disadvantaged.

Grants are made at regular intervals during the year and the total level of grants is approximately £1,000,000, 30% of these grants will be made to organisations in the Luton and Bedfordshire area.

Applications can be made at any time as there are no application deadlines.

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