Mary’s Beat Grants

This grant programme is now closed.


Mary Dyer (1983-2017) was born with severe disabilities and needed others to assist her in every aspect of her life.  However, Mary lived a rich and rewarding life. Her great love was music; some of her happiest times were spent listening to live music at concerts and music therapy sessions. Mary also enjoyed being outdoors, camping, walking in her adapted wheelchair and cycling in her ‘Duet’ wheelchair bike.

In honour of her life, a fund in Mary’s name has been established to support people with physical and/or learning disabilities to access the music therapy and experience outdoor adventures that gave Mary so much pleasure.

Small grants

Grants of up to £1,000 to allow the applicant to participate in an activity which, without the grant, would not be available to them. Eligible activities include music therapy, one-off concerts and outdoor activities that will build self-confidence, encourage participation and inspire hope for the future.

Can I apply?

You must be:

What can I apply for?

Here are some examples:

We also welcome any other ideas that will make it possible to meet your specific needs to take part in an outside or musical activity.

What we can’t fund

We do not view swimming as an outdoor activity and will not consider applications for swimming costs.

We are unable to accept applications for living costs or everyday mobility/communication costs.


How to apply

You will need to complete an online application form. Submitting an online application ensures it will reach us safely. Please note you will need to complete the application in one go as it cannot be returned to.

If you are unable to complete the application form online please email with your name and address and ask for a Mary’s Beat paper application form to be posted to you.

We may ask for additional information from you to confirm the details in your application.

Further information

If you would like to find out more about your eligibility to apply, or for further advice, please contact: at Somerset Community Foundation, or call 01749 344949. You can also explore some of the grants from the fund here.


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