In September 2021, Continuo Foundation announced its second round grant awards to 23 projects, extending support to 14 new period-instrument ensembles and 9 who also received first round grants. Many concerts remain available to stream online, so please consult our Grantee Events Calendar for details.   
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Continuo Foundation was delighted to announce its third round of grant awards to 25 period-instrument ensembles, for projects from April to September 2022. This includes fourteen groups who are new to Continuo grants and eleven who have had a grant from us before. 
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Continuo Foundation announced its first round grant awards to 23 period-instrument ensembles in March 2021. It was a joy to see these excellent projects go ahead, and to see ensembles playing together again. Many concerts remain available to stream online, so please consult our Grantee Events Calendar for details. 
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From the outset, Continuo Foundation's grant making strategy was designed to take place in phases - from survival to recovery and, finally, sustainability. 

The objective of our first round was to restore confidence and provide inspiration across the UK historical performance sector. Our grants enabled ensembles to proceed with artistic projects, and to engage musicians, despite the uncertainty around Covid restrictions.
Grant Round 2 continued this support for a further six months, for projects through the end of March 2022. These grants awards were also designed to encourage live performances and touring of programmes to regions across the UK, particularly those with little provision. 

The objectives of Grant Round 3 include extending Continuo's community of grantee ensembles, supporting recently formed ensembles who were hindered by Covid from establishing a performance track record and continuing to encourage live performances in areas of the UK with little access to excellent live music.

Looking ahead, Continuo Foundation aims to carry out two rounds of grants per year. Our ability to provide this level of support to ensembles, and to foster the engagement of larger audiences of all ages across the UK, will be dependent upon our fundraising success.