Sound Connections Innnovate Grant Scheme open for applications

If you are working with people aged 0-25 in London through music then you can apply for support and investment of up to £2000 to explore new ideas and approaches.

Closing date Friday 13th March 2020

Open Until:

Posted: 02/03/2020

is Sound Connections ground-breaking programme that supports unique music
projects for children and young people in challenging circumstances in London.

for 2020-2021 are now open! 

you are working with people age 0-25 in London through music then you can apply
for support and investment of up to £2,000 to explore new ideas and approaches
to working with children and young people. Providing funding, project mentoring
and support, Innovate is particularly aimed at individuals and grassroots
organisations looking to launch or incubate a project idea and develop
fundraising skills.


Connections are most interested to receive applications that:

  • Have
    inclusion and social justice at the heart of the project;
  • Work
    in consultation and collaboration with people age 25 and under – ie people
    under the age of 25 are involved in making decisions about the project from the
  • Consider
    accessibility from the start by using the principles of the social model of
  •  Focus
    on Early Years, ie working with babies and very young children age 0-5;
  • Take
    a multi-agency approach, ie working in partnership with non-music partners such
    as youth centres, Pupil Referral Units, community groups, nurseries etc.

candidates work in close partnership with Sound Connections to develop and
deliver the project. Every project and organisation’s needs are different, so
the Innovate Programme can be used to find the most appropriate support for

year, Innovate supported:

  • A
    youth-led research programme investigating the roots, social significance and
    educational capacity of drill music;  
  • A
    community choir of boys and young men, particularly targeted at those in
    transition from primary-secondary school;
  • A
    project bringing samba drumming into community spaces which cater to the needs
    of young people with a migration background;
  • The
    development of a series of Jam sessions planned and managed by a group of
    entrepreneurial young people.

The deadline for applications is Friday 13th March 2020

Projects must take place between June 2020 and February 2021 

Find out more and apply online.


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