Guidelines for Schools Seeking Funding from the HR Taylor Charitable Trust

The Trust's aim of encouraging the performance of live classical music in Surrey and adjacent areas includes assisting schools primarily in the state sector to improve and expand the teaching of music to young people.

As schools are VAT exempt its grants are paid net of VAT.

Purchase of Instruments and Musical Equipment

You should undertake research to ensure the instruments you intend to purchase are robust enough for school use. They are likely to be mid-priced durable instruments rather than come from the budget student range. Each instrument, well maintained and repaired as necessary, should last for eight to ten years and the Trust would not normally expect to be asked to fund replacements within that time.
Your application should be sent by email and include the following:


You should submit written quotes, net of VAT, from two or more educational suppliers, who should be asked to offer a discount for quantity. The quotes should be 'like-for-like,' featuring the same instruments or musical equipment in the same numbers. Where alternatives are unavoidable you should indicate a preference


You should state clearly other sources of funding available to you and the amount you are requesting from the Trust.


You should explain the reason for your bid and the use to which the instruments or equipment will be put.


Please include some brief information about your school and the role of music in it.


Here is an example of a detailed bid for tuition:
Flute/clarinet/sax: 6 students = (3 paired lessons) = 1.5 hours per week @ 35 per hour x 30 weeks = 1575 less parent contribution @ 33% = 1050
Piano: 5 students = (2 paired lessons + 1 single) = 1.5 hours per week @ 40 per hour x 25 weeks = 1500 less parent contribution @ 33% = 1000
Woodwind ensemble: 8 students 1 hour per week @ 35 per hour x 30 weeks = less contribution from school concert takings @ 33% = 700
We are asking the H R Taylor Trust for 2750.

Tuition Costs


The application should be made in May/June for the following school year and include:


Numbers and ages of children and their instrument of tuition.


Tuition costs.


The extent to which lessons are shared (pairs and/or groups preferred)


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


The amount requested from the Trust.


A covering email about the school and the role of music in it.

Capital Projects




Nature of project and overall cost.


Government contribution, school/other contribution.


Amount requested from the Trust.


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


Covering email about the school, the role of music in it, and other possible sources of 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