Got a question about Access Folk Small Project Grants? You'll find answers to some commonly asked questions here.

Questions about projects

What counts as folk singing?

We’re not interested in providing a strict definition of what counts as folk singing. 

Folk singing includes singing that is:

Funding isn’t available for singing that:

If you are unsure whether the type(s) of singing you want to focus your application around are eligible, please contact us to discuss.

What are the challenges that are outlined in the Accessing Folk Singing in England Report or Access Folk Podcast Series?

The report and podcasts suggest a number of first and second level changes that will potentially support participation from a variety of historically marginalised groups. Changes include:

These changes are based on consultation with individuals and groups on challenges related to belief, religion and politics, disability, gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, age, and class and socio-economic status. Get more specific information related to your project ideas by reading the full report or listening to the podcast.

Will you help me organise my activity?

We will give advice based on our existing research and organise online meetups to help share information and give support, but we will not get involved in designing or delivering the logistics of individual projects. You must be able to organise your own activity independently.

What if it doesn’t work?

That's no problem at all from our perspective. In fact, learning what doesn’t work is as useful for us as learning what does. You'll still receive the agreed funding and be expected to reflect and give feedback on what happened. An Access Folk researcher will help with this.

Questions about funding

How much funding is available?

We are planning to fund six (6) new groups and six (6) existing groups. We are awarding up to £1,000 per project. You can download the Call for Access Folk Small Project Applications for full terms and conditions.

What can money be spent on?

There are few restrictions on what the funds can be spent on, as long as they support the project you have proposed. Please keep in mind that this funding is intended to support the setup of activities while they become established, not their ongoing costs.

Some of the costs your grant might cover include: 

If you are unsure whether your costs are eligible, please contact us.

Questions about applying

When is the deadline to apply?

The application process will have three deadline rounds and project starts will be staggered. If you apply for the first round but are not successful, you will automatically be reconsidered in the following rounds. Our deadlines are:

Can I get advice about my application?

Yes. We’re providing guidance in different formats. You can:

Get more information about our available guidance by visiting our Get Help page.

Can anyone apply?

Yes, individuals, small informal groups, or long established organisations are all welcome to apply. You do not need any special constitutions or bank accounts. 

Do I need any research experience or qualifications?

No. The Access Folk research team will work with you to gather the data they need. They are experienced at working with a lot of different kinds of people in different ways and it is their responsibility to make that an easy process for you to engage with.  All you need to do is be willing to talk to them and share what you know. 

How do we assess your application?

When we assess your proposal, we consider:

All proposals will be reviewed by a panel including members of the Access Folk academic team and our Board Members. Download a copy of our selection criteria.

Learn more about who we are.

How long does it take to get a response to my application?

We evaluate submissions beginning on 23 January, 30 March, and 1 June 2024. Your application will be included in the next round of evaluations. We'll endeavour to make our decisions as quickly as possible, but it may take up to 6 weeks to receive our response and feedback if there is a large volume of submissions.

What happens if I receive funding?

We'll get in touch to finish negotiating the terms of our partnership. We'll provide you with feedback from the selection panel about your proposed project, discuss project timelines, types of support you'll need, and how the research elements will work, and ask you to sign a partnership letter and commitment to share our values. You can preview a standard template for these documents by visiting the Accepting your funding page on our website.

What happens if my application isn't successful?

We'll still provide you with feedback from the selection panel. If you applied for the 22 January or 29 March deadline, we encourage you to think carefully about the feedback, ask us questions, update your application, and reapply. Get more information on our Support if your project is not funded page

Other questions

Where can I download a copy of the Call for Access Folk Small Project Applications?

You can download the full Call for Access Folk Small Project Applications here. You can also access a copy on our What's Involved? page.

Do I have to have a Google account to download the PDF files on this website?

No. When you click on one of our download links, a new browser tab will open with your document. You can then use the download and print icons (see screenshot below) to save or print the PDF to a location of your choosing. These controls are typically in the top right corner of your screen. You do not need to sign into a Google account to complete these actions.

What if I have other questions?

Please contact us. We will be happy to help.

What's next?


Submit your application.

What's involved? 

Download the Call for Access Folk Small Project Applications, learn about your role in action research, and find out if your project fits the criteria for funding.

Am I ready? 

Take a short quiz that asks you questions about your project. It will help you think about your proposal and whether you’re ready to apply.

Other resources.

Access podcasts and reports about the current state of folk singing in England, and other resources that can help inform your application.

Accepting your funding.

Get information on how to accept your funding, download project documents, and preview our agreements.