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Catalyser Fund

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Catalyser Fund Apply by 27/05/22

The Youth Music Catalyser Fund offers grants between £30,001 and £300,000 to organisations in England who want to sustain work, scale-up delivery, or create change in sector practice. The project must support children and young people who face barriers to make, learn or earn in music, and aims to make music activity more inclusive so everyone can access it. 

Your work must meet one of our themes: 

  • Early years
  • Disabled, d/Deaf and neurodivergent young people
  • Youth justice system
  • Young people facing barriers
  • Young adults
  • Organisations and the workforce.

The deadline for Expression of Interest applications was 5pm Friday 27 May.

A Catalyser programme will be sustaining work, scaling up-work or creating change in sector practice (or all three!). A Catalyser programme could be:

  • An experienced youth charity sustaining its successful youth-led music provision over four years. 
  • A CIC who, following the successful delivery of a pilot project, wants to scale-up their programme to reach more young people and work across a wider geographic area.
  • An established music charity wanting to develop an Early Years network. They will up-skill practitioners, and influence sector practice so that more people are delivering child-centred music practice.

Check out more programme examples on our website.

Application process

A two-stage application process with two funding rounds per year. Stage 1 is a short Expression of Interest (EOI) form. If your EOI is successful, you will be invited to stage 2 where you will submit a more detailed application form. You will find out if you have been invited through to stage 2 within two months of submitting your EOI form. And you will find out if you have been awarded a grant within two months of submitting your application form.

Download the application guidance above for all the information on the Catalyser Fund and how to apply.


Access fund: support for Disabled applicants

If you identify as Disabled and need further support to make an application to Youth Music, you can apply to our Access Fund. This provides funding to cover any additional access costs that might be required for you to make an application to one of Youth Music’s funds.

Finance and budget guidance

After consulting with applicants, we know there are lots of wrong assumptions about what funders want to see in a budget. Read our principles that provide an approach to budgeting that is fair and sustainable.

Evaluation guidance

Take a look at the 'Plan' section of our evaluation guidance for information on how to create an evaluation plan in your Youth Music application.

Catalyser Fund: examples of programmes

Thinking about applying to Youth Music's Catalyser Fund? Find examples of projects supported by Youth Music that are catalysing, by sustaining, scaling-up delivery or by creating change in sector practice.

Youth Music Catalyser Fund Q&A

Join our online Q&A

10.30am – 12pm on Thursday 12 May 2022

Have questions about the Youth Music Catalyser Fund? Join our live Q&A where our team will go through information about our funds, what types of organisations and projects we want to support and how to apply. We'll also answer questions from attendees. If you can, please have a read of the guidance before attending.

Any further questions about the Catalyser Fund? Get in touch at

Thanks to the National Lottery via Arts Council England, players of People's Postcode Lottery and support from partners, fundraisers and donors.


Introducing our new funds

We’re excited to officially launch our Trailblazer Fund and Catalyser Funds. These replace Funds A, B and C, supported through our National Lottery Arts Council investment.