Before applying for funding please make sure that you are familiar with the aims and objectives of the Fund.  These can be found in our page ABOUT THE FUND and are copied below:

Applications must be received by 31st January each year

Aims of the Fund

The Brereton Memorial Fund aims to support:

  • A local memorial project to commemorate the work of Philip and Gwen Brereton
  • Music education projects both in the North West area and nationally
  • The teaching of the organ at every level to students of all ages.
  • The nurturing of choral music especially church music

How Much we will Fund

The fund generally has in the region of £1000-£1500 per year to award to applicants, although this may vary from year to year.

  • We will aim to offer at least two student bursaries per year to bona-fide organ students to attend the IAO annual Congress. (applications to be made directly to the Congress Organiser)
  • We also hope to award a number of smaller grants per year.
  • The trustees of the fund have agreed to consider the award of larger bursaries for far-reaching, more ambitious educational projects. Awards of this kind will generally not represent more the 10% of the overall value of the Fund.  [currently limited to £2900]

The following list of size of bursaries awarded in the past is intended as  a guideline only:

  • for help towards musical tuition costs £300
  • towards the costs of attending a course £100
  • towards the costs of purchasing music £100

In general a time limit of 18 months is expected in which you must claim your award (or 6 months in the case of music vouchers awarded).  Time limits for projects are decided on a case by case basis.

What we will not Fund

  • We will not undertake to fund on-going costs.
  • We will not fund running costs for current activity.


The trustees of the Brereton Memorial Fund welcome applications from individuals, charities or other societies/groups for projects which further the aims of the fund.

You can apply for a grant from the Brereton Fund as:

An individual

  • wishing to take lessons on the organ
  • or wishing to embark on a research project related to the organ
  • or seeking financial support towards preparation for an organ exam

A registered Charity


Another type of group/society if :

  • You are a not-for profit group and
  • You have a constitution or a set of rules
  • You have a bank or building society account which requires at least two signatures and
  • You can enclose your most recent annual accounts or statement of income and expenditure.  (These must be audited or signed as approved by your Chair, or other senior office holder)

Applications must be received by 31st January each year 

Applications can be made on-line – or if preffered a copy of the application form can be emailed to you – please contact us to request a copy.