The Dance CAT’s are funded by the Department for Education’s (DfE) Music and Dance Scheme (MDS). This scheme currently enables around 2,000 exceptionally talented children to have access to the best specialist music and dance training available alongside a good academic education.

The DfE offer grants which are means-tested based on family’s annual earnings per tax year, with deductions and allowances made for dependents in accordance with their guidelines.

Families’ financial circumstances are reviewed annually and support is available to families whose income falls below £65,840 per annum (2016/2017). Students who are eligible and who make sufficient progress will be entitled to receive financial assistance until they graduate or exit from the programme.

To qualify for a MDS national grant the applicant must have been resident in the British Islands for three years prior, be a member of the European Economic Area or Switzerland or be a refugee of the child of a refugee (conditions apply).

Relevant income 2016/2017:(after deducting £2030 per dependent including the grant holder) Amount of grant awarded Parental Contribution
up to £29,927 £3,649 nil
£29,928 to £33,917 £3,284 £365
£33,918 to £37,908 £2,918 £731
£37,909 to £41,899 £2,554 £1,095
£41,900 to £45,889 £2,189 £1,460
£45,890 to £49,879 £1,824 £1,825
£49,880 to £53,871 £1,460 £2,189
£53,872 to £57,861 £1,095 £2,554
£57,862 to £61,851 £730 £2,919
£61,852 to £65,839 £366 £3,283
£65,840 or more nil £3,649

For more information about the scheme visit the Department for Education.