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D'Addario Foundation Grant

Grants to USA Nonprofits for Music Education
Program Support and Product Donations

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Grants averaging $2,500 and product donations to USA nonprofits for programs that provide music education in schools and local communities. New applicants must submit a letter of inquiry by January 31, 2018. Funding is intended to improve access to music instruction and to give children nationwide greater opportunities to play music early and often.

The D'Addario Foundation believes in the transformative power of music to build self-confidence, creativity and discipline and that mentoring and building communities through music can positively affect social change. Programs that align with these beliefs and goals are optimum candidates for grant requests.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178253

Number of Grants:

Average of over 200 grants each year.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants average $2,500.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Financial Aid and Product Donations:
Nonprofit organizations designated as 501(c)(3) (or the equivalent in the applicant's country), applying for programs that align with the Foundation mission, may request to receive products as a donation. Such requests must also be initiated through submission of a letter of inquiry. If invited to apply, note that on the grant application, there is a section that specifically asks if the requesting organization has a need for a product donation in addition to a cash award.

Note that the Foundation prefers not to provide monetary support for the purchase of instruments, but does provide in-kind donations in the form of product accessories quite often.

The Foundation does not fund individuals; religious, veteran or fraternal organizations; telethons, benefits, or fundraisers; capital campaigns, endowments or building fund drives; political or lobbying organizations; vocal or piano programs; performances; songwriting workshops; drum circles; band boosters; or private schools.

Although support is intended primarily for private sector non-profit programs, existing in-school music programs seeking additional support may still write a letter of inquiry.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Schedule:

Letter of Inquiry Deadline: July 31, 2017
Grant Application Deadline: September 30, 2017
Grant Decisions Made By: January 1, 2018
Grant Awards Mailed Starting: January 31, 2018

Letter of Inquiry Deadline: January 31, 2018
Response will be forthcoming within a month of submission.
Grant Application Deadline: March 30, 2018
Grant Decisions Made By: July 08, 2018
Grant Awards Mailed Starting: July 15, 2018

Grant Application FAQs:

All new not-for-profit organizations must submit a letter of inquiry first before filling out a grant application. Once the letter of inquiry is received, applicants will be contacted only if they are being invited to formally apply.

Organizations that have received a grant award previously need not a submit a letter of inquiry for continued support. Previous grantees are asked to go directly to the full grant application and apply by the appropriate deadline.

Whether previously funded before or not, all applicants must reapply each year for continued support.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

New applicants should follow these instructions for submitting their initial letter of inquiry:

Questions may be addressed and LOIs sent to:

Previous awardees and new applicants who have been invited to apply must submit their application via the Foundation website:

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming