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.

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 (guidance notes to help with completion of the form can be found here), including:

  • 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.

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:

Michael Thorne, Chair, The Music Therapy Charity