Jessie’s Fund supports children with disabilities through the therapeutic use of music. 

This includes music therapy or creative music projects – activities in which the children themselves are participating and finding expression through music. 7

Jessie's Fund prioritises children with complex needs or life-limiting conditions. 

The majority of larger grants go to organisations and tend to be between £2,000 and £4,000. Grants to individuals are usually not more than £500.

Jessie's Fund asks that applications to be submitted by downloading a form and emailing it to [email protected] or posting it to Jessie’s Fund, 15 Priory Street, York YO1 6ET. 

Applications from organisations are considered three times a year.

The next application deadline is 16th May 2016Applications for grants for individuals are considered at the end of each month.

Applicants will be informed of the outcome within four weeks of the closing date.

Jessie's Fund - 

  • Accepts applications for work with individual children or from organisations
  • Supports work with children and young people up to the age of 19 who have significant disabilities or long-term illness
  • Prioritises those who are not able to communicate verbally
  • First applications also receive priority
  • All applications must be for participatory musical activities, whether for music therapy or creative music-making
  • Applications for help for individuals should be accompanied by a supporting letter from a healthcare professional where possible
  • Prefers applications from organisations demonstrating that they are raising funds from other sources in addition to applying to Jessie’s Fund
  • Accepts applications for help in purchasing musical instruments only where these will be used in an organisation
  • Prefer organisations to demonstrate that there is commitment to continue projects beyond any potential funding from Jessie’s Fund
  • Where possible asks organisations to include their most recent annual report and accounts
  • Please be clear about the amount you are applying for and about any other potential sources of funding for your project
  • Is unlikely to consider applications from organisations which have received a grant from us within the previous two years
  • Are unlikely to help large organisations which run full-scale fundraising departments. The exception to this is children’s hospices which are establishing a post for a music therapist.
  • Asks for a report to be submitted at the end of the period of funding. 

Click here to download an application form

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