FoHM awards two types of grant.


OurMusic grants

These are given towards supporting activities which enhance a student’s progress in traditional music.  Applicants must be 23 or under and must reside within The Highland Council area.  Grants may be awarded to help with fees for study courses, course materials and related travel and accommodation costs, purchase of study material and costs of producing recordings.  They will not be given for the purchase of instruments or accessory equipment.  They will not be given for expenditure already incurred prior to the grant decision.


The minimum grant is £100, the maximum £500.  The grant is not a fixed percentage of the proposed costs.

Here are some recent OurMusic awards.  Descriptions of projects are contained in the Grant Recipients page.

  • £200 to assist a youngster attend a piping and druming course in Skye.
  • £300 to assist a youg clarsach player attend the Edinburgh Harp Festival.
  • £200 towards master class tuition for a young fiddler.


Ad Hoc grants

The main difference from OurMusic grants is that the age restriction does not apply. Grants are given towards meeting the cost of specific expenditure related to the advancement of Scottish traditional music.  This may include costs of mounting specific events, taking groups of musicians to specific events or on tour, and producing recordings. 

Here are some recent Ad Hoc awards:-

  • £800 to assist a school ceilidh band's trip to Canada.
  • £590 towards a young duo's CD production.
  • £250 towards a young music group's trip to Orkney.


To apply for a grant, applicants must lodge an application form with the Secretary at least two months before the funding is required.  If the applicant is under 16, his or her parent or guardian should also sign the form. 


The award of grants is at the sole discretion of the FoHM Committee whose decision is final and it will not enter into any correspondence on the merits of an application.  In the event of refusal, applicants may be invited to re-apply at a future date. In the event of the project not proceeding or the costs being less than anticipated, the applicant will be bound to repay the grant or such amount as is appropriate and recoverable by the applicant.


Successful applicants will be asked to submit a report to the Secretary on completion of the project. As FoHM organises events encouraging young people in traditional music, successful applicants who are performers will be asked to make themselves reasonably available to take part without fee in at least 2 such events in the year following the grant. It will be at the discretion of the Committee to publish details of grants awarded.


Grant forms and conditions can be downloaded below or are available from our Secretary, Jean Fleetwood, 56  Kingsmills Road, Inverness, IV2 3LD  jean.fleetwood@btinternet.com







In June 2014 we gave a grant to Culloden Ceilidh Band (below) to assist with their tour of Donegal.  Afterwards, each participant wrote to us giving their impressions from the tour.  Many made reference to the passion that the local people had for their traditional music and the benefits of experiencing a related but different tradition.

Here are some quotes:-

'a memorable experience'  'a fantastic experience'  'an unforgetable experience'  'really inspiring'  'an amazing experience'  'absolutely brilliant'  'an amazing opportunity'.

Congratulations to the band members and to leader/ organiser Mrs Alison Mackenzie for such enterprise.  Our best wishes go to Alison who has just retired from Head of Music at Culloden Academy.

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