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Innovate Application Details

Click here for the Innovate 2020-2021 Application Brief and FAQ Document

Click here for the Innovate 2020-2021 Application Form


Before submitting an application please book a telephone surgery with a member of the Sound Connections team. We will only accept applications from applicants who have had a telephone surgery. These surgeries help you and us to assess whether this fund is right for your project. Telephone surgeries will take place during February, and can be booked by emailing

We recommend that you are familiar with the application form in time for your Innovate pre-application surgery, so that any questions can be covered at this stage. 

Your proposal

Please read the application brief and FAQs document carefully. Please ensure that your project activity is mindful of the recommended considerations outlined. Please be realistic about what you want to achieve and indicate clearly the planned outcomes and outputs. Please note that although we understand that participant numbers will be estimates at this stage, we only expect small variances so please be realistic. Projects must take place between June 2020 and February 2021.

Monitoring and evaluation

Your proposal must include ways to evaluate your activity. The tools and methods you choose must be appropriate. If working with referral partners, please tell us about your partnership and the evidence they can share with you about the impact the project will have on the participants. Remember this information should be useful for you as well as informing us of your progress.

Match funding

We can offer grants of up to £2,000. If your activity includes match funding, ensure that the source is clearly shown. We understand that at application stage some match funding will be unconfirmed. Please note that you are not eligible to apply if you are also seeking funds from the National Foundation for Youth Music.

Development and legacy

Please consider how you will continue delivering activity or embedding new learning after our funding has ceased. Thinking about the future from the start allows you to build steps to achieve this into your activity. We can help you share your learning and connect with new partners.

Submitting your application

Please type your answers into the form provided. Save your application with your name as part of the file name. Applications must be emailed along with your project budget to with the subject line ‘INNOVATE PROPOSAL’ by 5pm on Monday 23 March. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

We have thought about making the application process as clear, simple and accessible as possible, and continue to work on making sure this is the case. We would be really pleased to hear from you if you need additional support preparing an application, or need us to make reasonable adjustments in order to apply to Innovate.

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