Candidates must be nominated, via a standard online application form, by their music or drama teacher/tutor or other appropriate person/professional who is familiar with their background and why they experience barriers to accessing our qualifications. Candidates cannot be put forward by someone they are related to and they cannot put themselves forward for a grant.
The Access Fund grant is open to:
Please note: if you are applying for a group of individuals, their application will be reviewed, and either accepted or declined, as a group. If you would like your candidates to be considered on their individual circumstances (as opposed to collectively), you will need to submit multiple applications.
We will only accept a maximum of 10 application forms from any one applicant per round. If you have a strong reason for wanting to submit more than this, please get in contact with the Access Fund Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org) before the submission deadline.
The Access Fund grant is only open to candidates based in the UK and Ireland.
The Access Fund grant cannot be used for:
Grants cannot be awarded retrospectively and will not be released for activities that have already happened.
You can apply for a maximum of £1,500 per group or £300 per candidate (or equivalent in Euros for applicants from the Republic of Ireland). A candidate cannot be awarded a grant of more than £300 in any calendar year.
An Access Fund grant is valid for 12 months and any money not used within this time should be returned to us to be reallocated to future rounds. Extensions to the 12-month time-frame will be considered on a case-by-case basis and only in exceptional circumstances. Once your candidates have sat their exams and you have their results, you must submit a grant report no later than 12 months after receiving your grant.
The grant can be spent on any of the following:
If there is something else that does not appear on this list which your candidate/s need the grant money for, please detail this in your application.
The grant cannot be spent on the following: