Spirit of Achievement Music & Dance Challenge Fund
This year’s Spirit of Achievement Challenge Fund is all about inspiring people through music and dance.
We are currently seeking submissions for funding and plan to award grants of £100,000 - £250,000 to three separate projects that 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
We’d like to hear from organisations with projects that give people of all abilities the chance to develop skills, confidence and expressive abilities through anything that involves music and / or dance. We're particularly keen to hear from projects in the East of England.
If this sounds like your project, please carefully read the information pack available here and watch our short film, below
You can also submit your application as a short film - please note that videos must be no longer than five minutes and, as a guide, should not comprise more than 700 words. This shorter form (including a link to your film) can be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org. These forms must also reach us by 5pm on 22 April 2016
Please note: Submissions can be made either by written application form or as a short film and must be submitted by 5pm on 22 April 2016.
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