Local Funding

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The Dosoco Foundation

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Fund title
Funding for Music Making that makes a Positive Impact on People’s Lives


If you’re based in Cambridgeshire and you know of a local project that needs support, you are encouraged to apply for a grant from The Dosoco Foundation, which has just opened applications for its fifth round of funding. Organisations, families and individual young people are all urged to take part and applications can be as creative as possible.

Grants are available for up to £1000 (for organisations) and up to £300 (for individuals).

The Foundation can contribute up to 50% towards project costs. The only requirements are for the project to take place in Cambridgeshire and to have the potential to enhance lives though music, particularly in these four areas:

  • Music education – are you looking to launch a novel programme in your school to teach music differently to students who struggle with conventional music teaching? Or are you working with an exceptionally talented music student with either physical, social or learning disabilities, who wants to develop their talent in new ways?
  • Music access – how about setting up a music club or choir for groups that might struggle to start something themselves?
  • Music innovation – do you have bright ideas for technology to help disabled people make music, or ideas for how sound could be used to help people interact with music in a different way?
  • Music therapy – struggling with funding for music therapy for your child? Or perhaps your organisation is looking at ways that music can be used to support positive mental health?

These are just a few ideas.  Previous funding rounds, together totalling more than £14,000, have seen Dosoco supporting organisations and individuals to help fund choirs for people with dementia; provide instruments and tuition for young people with autism or those with illness or additional needs; pay for music therapy sessions, music workshops or high-tech equipment; and facilitate music training for teachers.

Dosoco is a Community Interest Company set up for social good – specifically, to benefit the community through music-related projects that have the power to unlock people's worlds. This is its fifth round of funding, following significant success with local projects since its inception in 2013.

The closing date for applications is Friday 26th May and awards will be announced by the end of June.

For more information about Dosoco and to apply, please go to www.thedosocofoundation.org  and click on 'grants'.

The Dosoco Foundation

Dosoco supports music-related projects that have the power to unlock people's worlds and have a positive social impact as a result. The foundation supports four areas (music therapy, music access, music education and the innovative use of sound and music for social good) by providing grants to individuals and organisations across Cambridgeshire.  In the future, Dosoco hopes to be offering workshops and commissioning its own music-related activities to increase access to and participation with music-making opportunities.  The Dosoco Foundation is funded by profits from We Are Sound gigs, private donations and its own fund-raising activities.  In its three years of activity, Dosoco has donated over £14K to Cambridgeshire based projects.   www.twitter.com/thedosoco

Posted by CAN network on 3rd May 2017.