Applying for an FCM Capital Grant

Who may apply?

Any place of Christian worship of any recognised denomination from the UK or abroad (e.g. cathedral, minster, collegiate chapel, church) may apply if it:

  1. Promotes the performance of cathedral-style choral repertoire
  2. Sings a regular pattern of weekly services, e.g. Evensong, Matins and/or Eucharist, and other services through the year
  3. Aspires to achieve the highest standards of performance

Choir members may be professional or amateur, children, young people (including students) or adults.

Choral foundations do not have to be corporate members of FCM to apply for a grant.  Successful applicants are awarded a year’s corporate membership alongside their grant and are encouraged to continue this membership in subsequent years.

Choral foundations awarded FCM Capital Grants may not apply for another Capital Grant for a period of five years from receipt of their grant.  This does not preclude them from applying for a different FCM grant.

What can I apply for?

Choral foundations may apply for an FCM Capital Grant to help fund capital expenditure for instruments (such as a rehearsal piano for a song school) or equipment (such as song-school choir stalls), robes or music.  This list should not be considered exhaustive, and FCM welcomes applications for other items required for music making within a choral foundation.  Regrettably, we are unable to fund organ-rebuilding schemes.

All applications must be for a specific amount for a specific purpose; applications which merely state a large target as part of a fundraising campaign are unlikely to be successful.

How much can I apply for?

There is no limit, but awards are usually between £10,000 and £20,000.

When can I apply?

The deadline for applications is 30 November each year.

How do I apply?

Applications must be submitted using FCM’s online Capital Grant Application Form, which can be accessed by clicking the button at the bottom of this page.  Completed forms must be submitted by 30 November and all subsequent correspondence concerning applications must be made through the Grants Secretary.  You will receive an acknowledgement of all applications, so please contact us if you have submitted an application and not received a response.

Alongside your application, FCM requires the following information:

  • The annual accounts of the organisation making the application, together with the accounts of any music fund and/or Friends association.  You are able to upload copies of your accounts when you complete the online form.
  • The names and addresses of two referees.  One of the referees should be independent of the foundation for which funds are sought.

When will I hear if my application has been successful?

Applications for FCM’s grants are considered by the Cathedral Liaison Committee (CLC) in the first quarter of the year.  The CLC makes recommendations to FCM’s Council meeting in late April, where final decisions are made.  Applicants are informed of the outcome of their application before the end of May.  Council’s decision is final.  The Grants Secretary will give feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

How do I acknowledge my grant?

If you are awarded a grant, FCM asks that it is publicly presented at or immediately after a choral service at the relevant institution.  These presentations usually take place between September and November.  If the grant is for equipment, we ask, where possible, that a small plaque is attached to the items acknowledging that they were purchased with support from FCM.

How does FCM monitor the impact of my grant?

FCM expects the grant to be spent within 12 months of the date of the award.  FCM will request a short report explaining what has been purchased with the award and its impact on the musical life of the choral foundation.  If the award has not been spent (and there are no exceptional reasons for the delay), or if FCM considers that an award has not been used for the agreed purpose, or if the organisation fails to supply requested information or comply with the conditions of the grant, FCM reserves the right to request repayment of the sum originally awarded.

Further questions?

If you have any questions or need further information, please contact the Grants Secretary, Christopher Gower, at grants@fcm.org.uk.