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Funding Priorities

Funding Priorities

Funding Priorites for Trailblazer Fund and Catalyser Fund

Our Trailblazer Fund and our Catalyser Fund are accepting applications for work that meets any of our six funding themes (Early Years, Disabled, d/Deaf and neurodivergent young people, Youth Justice System, Young People Facing Barriers, Organisations & the Workforce and Young Adults) and for work taking place in any area of England.

There are some regions and funding themes where we currently receive a relatively low number of applications from and therefore fund less than we would like to. We would like to see more applications from:

Regions: East of England, East Midlands, West Midlands, and North East
Funding Themes: Early Years, Youth Justice System, and Disabled, d/Deaf and neurodivergent young people. 

Funding for these areas will still remain competitive. 

We currently recieve a high number of applications from London, the South West and the North West and for work wtih Young People Facing Barriers - so success rates for these areas is lower. 

Who we fund

Take a look at this map to see who we currently fund and where in the country they work.  
You can learn more about the grants Youth Music has made since 2015, on the 360 Giving website where you can also access standardised grants data from many different funders.
Our annual report provides further insight into our funding decisions.

Updates on recent Grant Awards

Fund A Round 23

Fund A awarded grants of up to £30,000.

Fund A has now closed for applications and we now award smaller grants of up to £30,000 through our Trailblazer Fund.

  • We received 125 applications totalling just over £3.1million
  • We awarded 33 grants totalling almost £870,000
  • Around 1 in 4 applications were successful.
  • We received a particularly high number of applications from London where the success rate was only 1 in 5.
  • You can see the full list of grants awarded in this blog.


Fund B Round 15

Fund B awarded grants of between £30,001 and £200,000.

Fund B has now closed for applications, and we now award large grants of up to £300,000 through our Catalyser Fund.

  • We received 74 applications totalling nearly £7.5million
  • We awarded 15 grants totalling just over £1.4million
  • Around 1 in 5 applications were successful.
  • Grants awarded ranged from £62,919 to £149,430. The average grant size was just under £96,000.
  • You can see the full list of grants awarded in this blog.