Guidelines for Schools Seeking Funding from the HR Taylor Charitable Trust

The Trust makes grants to schools in part-funding for musical instruments, musical equipment, musical tuition and music-related capital projects. As schools are VAT exempt the grants are paid net of VAT. Grants (except for tuition) are released only on presentation of proof of expenditure. It is Trust policy not to fund activities undertaken or offered by a member of a bidding school’s staff that would normally be expected to be part of the role of a contracted music teacher.


Applications should be made by email and state how much you are requesting from the Trust. They should be no longer than six A4-equivalent pages, including a brief description of the school and the role of music in it.
Applications for musical instruments and musical equipment should be made after research to ensure they are robust enough for school use. Instruments are likely to be mid-priced and durable rather than coming from the budget student range. Well maintained and repaired as necessary, they should last for eight to ten years, and the Trust would not normally expect to be asked to fund replacements within that time. Applications should include:



written quotes (weblinks or extracts from catalogues will not be considered), net of VAT, from two or more educational suppliers, who should be asked for a discount for quantity. The quotes should be comparable, featuring the same instruments or equipment in the same numbers. Where alternatives are unavoidable you should indicate a preference


the reason for the application and the use to which the instruments/equipment will be put


a school and/or PTA contribution


other sources of funding available


Applications for tuition costs should be made in May/June for the following school year and include:



numbers and year groups of children and their instrument of tuition


tuition costs and the extent to which lessons will be shared (pairs and/or small groups preferred). Individual lessons will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.


the extent to which the school and/or parents will part-fund the tuition


Here is an example of a detailed bid for tuition:

Flute/clarinet/sax: 6 students Yr X (=3 paired lessons) = 1.5 hours per week @ £35 per hour x 30 weeks = £1,575, less parental contribution @ 33.3% = £1,050
Violin: 5 students Yr Y (1 paired + 1 small group) = 1.5 hours per week @ £40 per hour x 25 weeks = £1,500, less parental contribution @ 33.3% = £1,000
Woodwind ensemble: 8 students 1 hour per week @ £35 per hour x 30 weeks = £1,050, less contribution from school concert takings @ 33.3% = £700

We are asking the H R Taylor Charitable Trust for £2,750.



Applications for capital projects should include:



Nature of project and overall cost.


Government contribution, school/other


Amount requested from the Trust.


For small projects, quotes from two or more suppliers, net of VAT.


A covering email about the school, the role of music in it, and other sources approached for funding.


Contact:  Mr B M Bennett
H R Taylor Charitable Trust
28 Chipstead Station Parade,

T +44 [0] 1737 557546
F +44 [0] 1737 554093