Funding For Students With Disabilities

The Mike Devenney Scholarship
The Mike Devenney Scholarship helps talented and independent minded disabled students, both undergraduate and postgraduate with some of the costs of studying at higher education institutions. They may be able to assist with fees, equipment and/or accommodation costs.
Applicants must be British and disabled and can be of any age. Closing date for applications is the beginning of July.

Musicians Benevolent Fund - Phoenix Grants for Musicians with Disabilities
The Phoenix Grants scheme helps students and professional musicians who have a physical or sensory impairment that affects their ability to perform. Grants can be used toward:
- Purchasing specially adapted instruments or adapting existing instruments
- Instrumental/compositional accessories or aids such as instrument cases, computer software or braille facilities
- Study or performance-related expenses, including provision of wheelchairs or travel expenses
- Additional private lessons necessary due to a disability
They are not able to help with tuition fees, buying non-adapted musical instruments or to pay off debts.

Elizabeth Eagle-Bott Memorial Fund
Awards to blind or partially sighted musicians, for musical study, projects and events for the benefit of local, national and international communities. To qualify, applicants, or people supported by applicants, must be both:
- registrable as sight impaired or seriously sight impaired (partially sighted or blind); and
- a UK citizen.
Priority is given to classical musicians, especially organists.
Applications are to be made to RNIB by 31 March each year. There is no application fee. Interview and audition expenses will be met by the fund. For further information about these awards and for an application form, please contact [email protected] or ring the RNIB's Music Advisory Service on 020 7391 2273.

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