Scops Arts Trust


Grants are available to charities across the UK for high quality projects that provide opportunities for people from all backgrounds to access, enjoy and participate in the arts.

Maximum value:  £30,000

Objectives of Fund

The aim of the Trust is to give people of all ages a better quality of life by enabling them to understand, participate in and enjoy the arts, particularly the performing arts (music, drama, opera and dance).

Value Notes

Grants typically range from £2,000 up to £30,000.

In some cases repeat funding for up to three years will be considered (maximum award £90,000).

The Trusts only awards a small number of grants each year.

Who Can Apply

The Trust mostly supports registered charities.

Applications will also be considered from social enterprises, community groups, and other third sector organisations, as long as they are formally constituted and have clear charitable purposes.

Priority will be given to small and medium sized organisations.


The following are not eligible for funding:

  • 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.

If organisations are unsuccessful at either Stage 1 or Stage 2 of the application process, they should leave at least 12 months before applying again. Organisations that were successful with their application for a multi-year grant, should leave a minimum of two years before applying for further funding.

Eligible Expenditure

The current areas of interest of the Trust are:

  • Improving the provision and quality of music education in schools.
  • Increasing the opportunities for children and young people to engage with music outside of school.
  • Widening access to the arts for everyone, regardless of any disadvantage they face because of their health, financial or social circumstances.
  • Reaching audiences in parts of the country where arts events are not usually found.

Most grants will be awarded for specific projects, but the Trust will also contributions towards the core costs of smaller organisations where a grant could make an impact.

How To Apply

The next deadline for Stage 1 applications is 12 noon on 8 December 2020.

To start the application process, organisations should first take the Eligibility Quiz which can be accessed on the Trust’s website.

If they fulfil the criteria, organisations will be invited to make a Stage 1 application via email.

A Stage 2 shortlist will then be drawn up and the selected applicants will be invited to complete a Stage 2 online application form.

The application and assessment process takes approximately 12 weeks. The Board of Trustees usually meets in February, May, August, and November to make final decisions on Stage 2 applications.

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