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Value                                       Up to US$3,000

Duration                                 1 to 2 years

Application deadline             June 21st each year

Results announced               August each year

Apply                                       Application form and brief CV 


ISME Project Development Grants provide support over one to two years to individuals/teams to support projects in the initial or early stages. The grants enable the development of new projects that may involve, but are not limited to:

  • developing programs, research and/or related activities in music education, including knowledge mobilization and the meaningful involvement of music educators; or 
  • designing and implementing new approaches for music education that may result in best practices or models that either can be adapted by others or have the potential to be scaled up to a regional, national or international level. 

Development projects may involve local, national and/or international collaboration.

Value and Duration

ISME Project Development Grants are valued at up to $3,000 over one to two years. 


Applications must be submitted by the applicant (Project Coordinator). Applicants (and Co-applicants if any) must be members of ISME.

ISME aims to optimize the use of resources available for members to access. Therefore, ISME will not fund the same project or research-related activity with more than one grant at the same time.

Report Requirement

ISME Project Development Grant holders (Project Coordinator) will be required to report on the use of grant funds each year during the period of the grant, and on outcomes at the end of the grant period. Successful applicants will be informed of reporting requirements upon receiving their Notice of Award.

Application Process

Applicants must complete the application form and follow the accompanying instructions. Applicants are also required to submit a brief CV (1-2 pages). Applications must be submitted electronically by email on or before the deadline. Use Project Development Grant as the subject of the e-mail.

Evaluation and Adjudication

ISME Project Development Grant applications are adjudicated, and available funds are awarded, through a competitive process. ISME is committed to ensuring high-quality adjudication of all proposals.

ISME Project Development Grants are adjudicated by members of the ISME Board. The exact number and composition of review committees will be determined by the number and nature of proposals received. Member of the ISME Board involved in the review process, if not in a conflict of interest with the applicant or any team members, are asked to evaluate the proposal based on the evaluation criteria below. 

Committee members read all applications submitted by a given closing date. Members, as a group, then evaluate and rank all the proposals assigned to their committee. 

ISME makes funding decisions based on the recommendations of the adjudication committee and on the funds available. Committee discussions will be guided by the principle of minimum essential funding.

Evaluation Criteria and Scoring

The following criteria and scoring schemes are used by the adjudication committees to evaluate ISME Development Project Grant applications:

Relevance: The aim and importance of the endeavor to furthering ISME’s mission and building on and maintaining ISME’s Core Values –  (50%):

  • originality or significance of the proposed project; and
  • potential for the project to have influence and impact within the music education locally, nationally and/or internationally.

Feasibility: The plan to achieve viable and meaningful and outcomes (20%):

  • probability that the project objectives will be met within the timeline proposed;
  • appropriateness of the requested budget and justification of proposed costs; 
  • indications of financial and in-kind contributions for other sources, where appropriate; and
  • appropriateness of the strategies for conducting the activity/activities proposed.

Capability: The expertise to succeed (30%):

  • quality, quantity and significance of past experience and published and/or other outputs of the applicant and any co-applicants relative to their roles in the project and their respective stages of career; and
  • potential of the project in terms of future funding and sustainability plans beyond the initial development phase.

Scoring table

Adjudication committee members assign a score for each of the three criteria based on the scoring table below. The appropriate weighting is then applied to arrive at a final score. Applications must receive a score of 3.0 or higher for each of the three criteria to be recommended for funding. 

Score Descriptor


Very good - excellent


Good - very good


Satisfactory - good

Below 3


Communication of Results

Applicants (Project Coordinator) will be informed of the competition results by email within two months of the application deadline. All applicants will receive, in addition to ISME’s notice of decision, a summary of the adjudication committee’s evaluation of their proposal, where applicable. 

How to apply

Applications will be managed online. More information coming soon.

Contact Information

For more information about the ISME Project Development Grants funding opportunity, please contact the Secretary General.