The Trustees meet five times a year. Please send your application to admin@hrtaylrotrust.org.uk by:


21st January 2024


17th March 2024


9th June 2024


15th September 2024


10th November 2024

Q: Can anyone apply?
A: We will consider applications from schools, amateur choirs, orchestras, operatic societies and musically talented British individuals based in the geographical and historical areas of Surrey. If you are in any doubt as to whether you are within the Trust's area of operations, please contact us.

Q: Do you support professional musicians?
A: No, but we will consider requests from schools considering bringing professionals onto their premises in support of music tuition.

Q: I am having music lessons. Will the Trust contribute towards their cost, or towards an instrument?
A: If you have a strong link with Surrey and are exceptionally talented musically, we will consider a bid.

Q: Can my organisation or I as an individual qualify if outside Surrey?
A: The Trust’s area of operations is the geographical and historical areas of Surrey, but we do occasionally consider organisations and individuals slightly beyond the boundaries if there is a benefit to Surrey.

Q: Why are the Trust’s activities limited to Surrey and adjacent areas?
A: The Trust’s benefactor lived in Surrey and, with the exception of our partnerships, our resources would not stretch to the rest of the country.

Q: Why do you give scholarships to post-graduate students at the Royal College of Music when they, and it, are not in Surrey?
A: The partnership arrangements we have with the RCM and, among others, the University of Surrey, Southbank Sinfonia, the National Youth Orchestra and English National Opera, are exceptional. We find them valuable and useful in developing young musicians and helping them bridge into a professional career.

Q: We are a national orchestra offering bursaries to young musicians. Will you support us.?
A: We prefer to give direct support to gifted young musicians from Surrey.

- see deadlines above
Q: When do you pay grants to successful applicants?
A: Grants for instrument purchase, equipment purchase and capital projects are paid on presentation of proof of purchase (receipts). The Trust does not deal with suppliers. Grants to societies and partners are paid immediately. Grants to schools for tuition are paid in termly instalments. Grants to individuals for scholarships are paid annually on presentation of proof that you have taken up your course and paid your fees.

Each application is judged on its own merits. The Trustees’ decision is final.


Contact: Kate Perry, Administrator - admin@hrtaylortrust.org.uk
Address: HR Taylor Trust, 32 Chipstead Station Parade, Chipstead, Coulsdon, Surrey CR5 3TF