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Funding opportunity for music and dance projects

Funding opportunity for music and dance projects

Spirit of 2012 is seeking submissions from and dance projects in England and Wales for through its 2016 Spirit of Achievement Challenge Fund.

The charity plans to award grants of between £100,000 and £250,000 to three separate projects that give people of all abilities the chance to develop skills, confidence and expressive abilities through anything from ballet to bhangra, from bassoon to bagpipes.

Project proposals must meet the following criteria:

  • Located in England or Wales
  • Allows disabled and non-disabled people to participate on equal terms
  • Is centred around music and / or dance
  • Has a duration of at least six months and takes place a minimum of every fortnight.

Applications will be accepted from England and Wales, and they are particularly interested in projects from the east of England.  Submissions can be made either by application form or as a short film and must be submitted by April 22nd 2016.


Paralympian Susie Rodgers, chair of Spirit’s Achievement Panel, said:

“As always, we’re looking for inclusive projects that disabled and non-disabled people can participate in equally, but this time we’re also especially keen to find some projects in the East of England – so we’re hopeful of getting some strong applications from that region.”

Further information on how to apply can be found in the YouTube video and at:

Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via

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