Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we reached our Grant Round 4 launch target of £100,000 and opened for grant applications on 12th July. Round 4 grants will support projects taking place between October 2022 and March 2023.

The objective of this round of grants is to provide the funds and confidence needed for ensembles to plan and carry out a range of artistically excellent projects that will bring live period music to communities across the UK, particularly in areas which lack access to high quality live music. 

Round 4 continues the new eligibility category, introduced in Round 3, designed to support more recently formed ensembles which may have lacked the performance history needed to apply successfully for our 2021 grants. Continuo is keen to extend our help these groups, primarily graduates from 2019-2022, to gain visibility and performing experience, and to establish themselves. 

The application submission deadline has now passed and decisions are expected to be announced by the 22 September.   


Applicants were invited to request amounts ranging from £2,000 to £10,000 to support UK projects scheduled to take place between October 2022 and March 2023. For recently formed ensembles (ca. June 2019 - June 2022), we stated a preference for supporting live concerts or tours. 
For example, grant proceeds could be used by a period-instrument ensemble to:
  • provide the funding to mobilise a performance at risk of being cancelled 
  • fund a new project where there is uncertainty about audience size 
  • fund a chamber recital series
  • tour an existing programme to new UK locations
  • fund the recording of new repertoire
  • create a filmed concert which can be used to generate further touring opportunities
Grant requests may be for up to a maximum of 90% of the Project Cost. Applicants were asked to provide a credible plan for the complementary project funding.
Continuo Foundation expects to award grants to approximately 20 ensembles, based on £100,000 available. Within this, we hope to make awards to 3-4 recently formed ensembles. The final numbers will depend upon the quality of the applications received and the amounts requested. 


Eligible ensembles are UK-based professional groups of at least three musicians playing period instruments, or faithful replicas, and focusing primarily on music repertoires from the Middle Ages up until the early 19th century. The proposed project may include vocalists, as long as the instrumental ensemble applying has at least three instrumentalists. Projects may also include new works commissioned for period instruments or combine early and contemporary repertoires in their programmes.

Existing Continuo Foundation grantees were eligible to apply provided they are in compliance with the terms of their grant(s).
The main objective of our grants is to mobilise projects of outstanding artistic merit which create meaningful work for freelance period musicians, and which bring period-instrument music to audiences across the UK, engaging and inspiring people and enriching communities. The key criteria for assessing applications are:
  • the artistic merit and originality of the proposed project; 
  • the number of instrumentalists engaged and the proportion of the grant funds dedicated to artists’ fees;
  • the extent to which new live or virtual audiences will be engaged; and
  • for recently formed ensembles, the extent to which the project proposed is realistic and will contribute to establishing the group's credentials and visibility.  
In choosing which projects to support, in addition to the considerations above, there will be an assessment of the artistic excellence and recent activity of each ensemble. For the avoidance of doubt, ensembles do not need to meet all of the criteria below; the list is designed to give a sense of the areas being looked at by the Advisory Panel and Trustees in their decision-making. These include: 
  • public performances since 2019, including those cancelled due to Covid-19
  • critically acclaimed recordings (including CDs, broadcasts, videos, etc.) since 2019
  • support of early-career instrumentalists and vocalists 
  • innovative programming, including works by diverse composers 
  • diversity of performers and administrators 
  • involvement in outreach and education projects 
  • registered UK charity 
The Trustees will also consider the quality of the application itself, as we believe this is a reflection of the ensemble's ability to carry out the project to a high standard.
For ensembles formed between ca. June 2019 and June 2022, the Advisory Panel will consider the areas set out below:
  • evidence of public performances (including any that were cancelled) 
  • background information on the musicians comprising the ensemble
  • the rationale for the formation of the group 
  • repertoire being explored, aspirations, etc.
The applicants in this category were asked to submit a 10-minute, unedited video of the ensemble performing together. This could be an extract from a live-streamed concert, or part of a performance filmed on a smart phone. If there is no film footage from performances, we will consider a video from a rehearsal. The video does not need to be professionally filmed - we will look for the quality of the ensemble playing, not the quality of the video. 
NB - In order to be eligible, an ensemble must have had at least one public performance before 30th June 2022.  
The application submission period is now closed.
If you are a professional UK-based ensemble of at least three period instrumentalists, and have a project you would like to carry out in the UK between October 2022 and March 2023, we welcome you to apply. 
  • To apply, ensembles should complete the Grant Application Form below and submit online.
  • We recommend that you prepare your answers in advance on a Word document that can be saved and kept as a record of your submission.
  • Please input all answers without special formatting.
  • We strongly suggest you use the Guidance Notes to complete the application
  • No applications from individual musicians, venues or promoters will be considered in this grant round.
  • The Trustees will not enter into pre-application consultations.
  • Submission deadline: Monday 15th August 2022, 5pm
  • Grant decisions expected by 22nd September 2022



To apply, please complete the Grant Application Form below.


Before you start, please download the Project Budget template and submit your completed Excel file using the upload button within the form. There is a video to help with completing the Project Budget template (Excel file) available on our YouTube channel

We strongly suggest you read the Guidance Notes to assist with completing the application. 


If you would like to keep a record of your responses, you may wish to copy the text into a Word document and/or screenshot each page before continuing or submitting.

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