About Us

The Fidelio Charitable Trust was established in 2008, thanks to an endowment from the late Tony Wingate, in support of the Arts in the United Kingdom. Tony was an inspirational teacher and had a great love of the arts, particularly music.

The Trustees aim to help individuals and groups who would not be able to carry out a project or activity without financial support, particularly those who are at an early stage in their careers. Such individuals and groups must be recommended by an appropriate institution, college, Arts Festival or similar organisation. Applications by those seeking support for themselves or their school age children (e.g. for course or competition fees) will not be considered.

The person representing the recommending institution or organisation must vouch for the competence and skill of those for whom they are applying and state how they were selected. They should explain their professional relationship with the individual or group, and describe accurately the project or activity for which money is required and by when. Funding is not available for work already undertaken.

It is important to give as much detail as possible about how much money is needed and how the proposed budget is made up. Fidelio's funds are limited and no single grant will normally be greater than £5,000. The trustees, while willing to provide support, may sometimes only be able to part-fund a project or activity.