Bursary Awards for 2021 – call for expressions of interest

The Instep Research Team (IRT) is inviting expressions of interest for bursary awards of between £50 – £3,000 for projects related to the objects of IRT.

“To promote, maintain, improve, develop and advance public education by the encouragement of the arts of clog and step dancing through research and by the holding of workshops, conferences, events and demonstrations to encourage people to participate in the said arts.”

Expressions of interest are invited initially by informal contact by email to bursaries@insteprt.co.uk All expressions of interest will be reviewed and applicants contacted by a member of IRT to discuss their project. Applicants may then be invited to formally apply or be given feedback for future projects.

The closing date for expressions of interest is June 30th 2021.

InstepRT Bursary Awards June 2019

The InstepRT assessment panel approved bursary funding for four projects in 2019.

£3,000 for Grace Smith for her Glossop Clog project.
This project aimed to provide a combination of research, performance and education, based on any local clog traditions in Glossop and surrounding areas.

£3,000 for the East Anglia Traditional Music Trust to be spread over three years.
The initial £1,000 for 2019 was to enable the continuation of the East Anglican Traditional Stepdance Day.

£2,500 for Furness Clog to support Alex Fischer in extending her ClogNet project.
The grant enabled Alex Fisher, a clog step dancer and teacher, together with two members of the Furness Clog dance group, Jane Nottingham and Tina Boyle, to deliver a module of Clog Dance to two junior schools in South Cumbria.

£1,000 for the ‘Stepping On’ Conference at Cecil Sharp House in November 2019.
The money was used to fund two aspects of the ‘Stepping On’ conference at Cecil Sharp House. Firstly, the editing and publication of the conference papers so that the outcomes were able to be recorded and made available to a wide readership. Secondly, for the evening event to enable reasonable pay and/or expenses to be paid to musicians and dance performers.