Tŷ Cerdd

Lottery Grants

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Who can apply?

Any organisation, from voluntary or community groups, to professional bodies and charities, as long as you have: 

  • a written governing document / constitution

  • a bank account

  • at least three unrelated people on your governing body


We won’t accept applications from:

  • individuals and sole traders

  • profit-making organisations (for example a company limited by shares)

  • organisations based outside the UK

  • one organisation applying for funding on behalf another


What we can’t fund?

  • activities that are statutory or will replace statutory funding (eg activities on a school’s curriculum or that take place during curriculum hours)

  • any activity or expenditure that takes place earlier than five weeks after the application deadline

  • any capital expenditure (eg instruments or other equipment)

  • activities that take place predominantly outside Wales

  • applications that are exclusively to fund travel costs

  • applications to cover the costs of making a commercial recording

  • existing staff costs; we can pay for individuals to deliver short-term activities

  • organisational overheads (for example utility bills, council tax, rent and insurance)

  • fundraising activity

  • recoverable VAT


When can we apply?

There are four application deadlines per year – in January, April, July and October; precise dates are published on the main Lottery page.


Your budget

We’ll need to you submit a budget, using this template (click here to download). The budget includes both expenditure (costs for delivering the project) and income, and must balance.


We can only fund up to 90% of the total project cost, so you will need to show 10% of income coming from other sources (eg ticket-income, your own funds, donations). NB: your 10% of match funding cannot come from Lottery sources.


For the Engage and Inspire funds, the 10% match can be support in-kind. Support in kind is a non-cash contribution to your project (eg venue provided free of charge). For the Create fund, in-kind match funds cannot be used towards artists’ fees.


If you need help

If you need support of any kind with your application, please contact lottery@tycerdd.org or phone 029 2120 2640.


How will we assess your application?

Your application will be put to a panel of advisors; we commit to ensuring that our panels are diverse and represent a range of backgrounds and musical approaches / genres.


When the panel members assess your application they’ll consider how your project will make a difference to artists and audiences, and how you plan to reach communities and participants. They’ll want to see an exciting and well-thought-out initiative, supported by a balanced (and realistic) budget.

Priorities for funding

The panel will look to fund projects that provide excellent opportunities for artists / participants / audiences. Alongside this, your activity should respond to at least one of the following priorities:

  • To nurture new music.

  • To create partnerships between artists and organisations.

  • To help bring communities together.

  • To inspire young people.


Additionally, they will be particularly interested if your activity is targeted to deliver in any of the following areas:

  • Working with and for individuals and communities that are under-represented or have been neglected and excluded.

  • Supporting the development of the Welsh language.

  • Strategic promotion of health and wellbeing (eg in partnership with a health organisation/body).


What happens next?

We’ll let you know our decision within five weeks of the application deadline.


If your application is unsuccessful we’ll tell you why.


If we offer you funding we’ll contact you by email, detailing any conditions of grant (where applicable). You must return the agreement to us within 28 days of the email, together with confirmation that you can fulfil any conditions, upon which we’ll release 75% of the funds to you.

As your project nears completion, we’ll send you a project report to fill in, which helps us to find out how it went, what worked and what didn’t, and what the outcomes were. The remaining 25% of your grant will be triggered after the report is approved and we’ll let you know once it’s been paid. 

How to make an application

Lottery Funding





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