Application Guidelines

This guide sets out the information which applicants for grants from the RVW Trust must provide. It should be read alongside the statement of current grant-making policy. If you are in any doubt about the eligibility of your application, or have any questions about how to apply, please email us or ring the Trust office (020 7223 3385) before submitting it.

The Trust does not issue an application form except for candidates for funding of postgraduate courses in composition. If you intend to apply for postgrad funding, please use the form available on the postgrad page. (The following guidelines do not apply to applicants for postgraduate courses.)


All applications must, as far as possible, include the following information:

  1. Name, address, daytime telephone number and email address of the person making the application. This will be the Trust’s main point of contact for the application so must be someone who is able to discuss the details of the project for which funding is sought.

  2. Brief history of the organisation applying for a grant together with an up-to-date list of the members of the governing body. If you are not applying on behalf of an organisation you should provide a cv outlining your career to date.

  3. Full details of the project for which help is requested. N.B. These must include the date(s) of performances, details of venues, the performers taking part and the repertoire to be performed. Any changes to the original application (e.g. changes of performer or repertoire) must be notified to the Trust immediately.

  4. A detailed budget for the project including estimated income and expenditure (including receipts from ticket sales and advertising, grants from other sources, etc). This information should be updated after the application is submitted, for instance as applications to other grant makers are approved or rejected. If you are applying for a single event within a series or festival you must supply the budget for the single event rather than the series.

  5. Where your project includes the performance of new or specially commissioned works you must provide full biographical details of the composer and their works. If you are commissioning a new work the Trust will not consider your application unless there is at least one further performance guaranteed after the première. Please give expected duration of new work(s).

  6. Details of all outstanding applications for funding to other bodies including national Arts Councils, grant-making Trusts and charities, individuals and commercial sponsors.

  7. The most recent set of audited accounts for your organisation and the budget for your current year.

  8. A recent concert programme for an event given by yourself, if you are applying as an individual, or by your organisation

  9. Your charity and/or company registration numbers where applicable.

    For applications for recording projects only, which should come from the recording company except in the case of privately made recordings, where a recording company is engaged only to manufacture and/or distribute but takes no financial risk.

  10. Details of pressing size, distribution and marketing.

  11. Recording and release dates. Grants will generally be made on release of a recording.

  12. Please note

    The Trust will usually only fund up to 50% of the cost of any event. If you have not yet raised 50% you may still apply but any grant from the Trust will be contingent upon your raising the balance from other sources.

    Any significant changes to your project must be notified to the Trust immediately and, particularly in the case of changes in repertoire, may result in a grant being withdrawn or modified.

    The Trustees usually meet three times a year, in February, June and October, to consider applications. Applications for consideration at these meetings should reach the Administrator by 2 January, 1 May or 1 September. Prospective applicants are advised to check the exact meeting deadlines in plenty of time. The Trustees do not consider applications between meetings nor do they make retrospective grants. It is never too early to submit an application and the Trustees are happy to consider applications for any event well in advance of its planned date(s).

    Email applications are welcomed, but please post any documents you were not able to email and a signed copy of your covering letter.

    The RVW Trust is funded by performance royalties from Ralph Vaughan Williams's music. To enable the Trust to continue its work beyond 2028, when most of Vaughan Williams's music comes out of copyright, the Trustees have decided to set part of its income aside each year in order to build up reserves towards that point. It is therefore likely that the number and size of future grants will reflect this.

    Data Protection

    The RVW Trust does not use your data for any other purpose than assessing your application for funding; we do not share it with third parties. In making your funding application, you agree that it can be used for this purpose. If you do not agree to this, please inform us in writing when you make your application. If you have any queries regarding the personal information we hold about you, please address them to the Administrator, at the address below.


    All correspondence should be addressed to:

    RVW Trust
    13 Calico Row
    Plantation Wharf
    London SW11 3YH

    Tel. 020 7223 3385