Small Grants - How to apply

Twice a year The Music Therapy Charity invites proposals from music therapists (including research students) to support research.  Grants may be made to help with such costs as part-time salary for fixed periods, academic or clinical supervision, and collection and analysis of data.  Please note that standalone applications to support participation in or attendance at conferences are not eligible.

With a limited annual research budget (currently £15,000) we invite applications for smaller grants to go towards total or partial funding of projects, including some co-funded from other sources.  All areas of music therapy research will be considered.  To apply, please complete and return a copy of our application form.  Please do not submit any attachments to the application form as they will not be taken into account.

Please note, we are only able to make payments to UK bank accounts.

Guidance on how/when you need to obtain Ethics approval can be found here.

Guidance notes to help with completion of the application form can be found here.  Information required will include:

  • your HCPC (Health Care Professional Council) number, if applicable
  • the overall focus of the project including aims, methods, and any work completed to date
  • budget detailing the estimated cost
  • the duration of the study
  • how much funding is being sought from the Charity

Typical grant sums awarded are up to £1,500 and successful applicants will be asked to provide the Charity with a brief report suitable for our website on completion of their study.

The maximum number of small grants we will award to any one person is 3 (and not more than 1 per Call).

Calls for applications are advertised in December and May each year and the timescales are as follows:

December Call

Deadline for submissions: 31 January

Funding outcomes to be communicated to applicants by: 31 March

May Call

Deadline for submissions: 31 July  

Funding outcomes will be communicated to applicants by: 30 September


Submissions should be sent by email to:

Professor Ian Cross, Chair, Research Committee of The Music Therapy Charity