The Trust awards cash grants, offers guidance, and loans bagpipes. Most of our support is for piping and drumming tuition that takes place in state schools during the school day, and for schools pipe bands.  Please read the following carefully to see the options that best suit your situation. 

We work with a variety of partners that manage programmes on a local level including Local Education Authorities, Feis, Parent Councils, Schools,  Community Pipe Bands and constituted Steering Groups. We can help set up steering groups when required.

Our contribution is flexible with the overall aim of developing and supporting well managed and sustainable programmes.

Our support falls broadly into four categories: 


1. START UP funding and guidance

This package of guidance, and one-off funding of up to £10,000, enables programmes to get started in areas where most families can afford a modest fee towards tuition.  SSPDT can pay for first year costs such as a free Kick Start weekend, introductory tutor demonstration workshops, a hardship fund for those that cannot afford all or some tuition fees, and website or other communication costs.  Thereafter the majority of tuition fees continue to be covered through parental contribution, and the steering group organises fundraising for other costs such as the hardship fund or uniform.

If this suits your area, please contact us to set up an initial telephone conversation.


2. Match Funding for up to Three Years, and guidance

In areas where tuition needs to be offered free to pupils, or at a subsidised rate of between £1 and £4 per lesson, an organisation or steering group must first raise funds and then apply to SSPDT for match funding, which may be awarded for a period of up to three years.  In these cases, our grant awards are usually less than £10,000 per annum. In exceptional cases they can be up to £20,000 per annum or more.  We can help set up a steering group and give guidance about running a tuition and pipe band programme.
If this suits your area, please contact us to set up an initial telephone conversation.


3. Open Grant Fund

You can apply to our Open Grant Fund for a one-off cash award up to the value of £5,000. We usually match fund. You can apply for the costs of instruments, workshops, and activities on and off school premises. Please read the guidelines carefully.

Open Grant Guidelines

Open Grant Application Form


4.  Bagpipe Loan 

The Trust also loans bagpipes for a period of up to three years, only to organisations that provide tuition during school time. In some cases SSPDT will provide cash grants as well as instrument loan.

Bagpipe Loan Application Form