Funding Resources

D’Addario Foundation

Adopt a Classroom
Donors find and fund a classroom by searching for a teacher they know, a school they have a connection with, or a subject they’re passionate about. 100% of your tax-deductible donation goes to the classroom. Teachers purchase supplies online. Since every classroom is different, our partners provide a wide selection of everything from pencils and paper to iPads and projectors. Students have the supplies they need to succeed. It’s amazing what teachers and students can accomplish together when they have the proper resources.

Arts Midwest
Arts Midwest Touring Fund engages people in meaningful experiences with the fine arts of dance, music, theater, and other performing arts forms. Inter-state touring and the engagement of professional artists is central to the work of Arts Midwest.The program provides financial support to presenting organizations in the Midwest. Funded engagements feature public performances and community engagement activities by professional touring artists that reach underserved audiences and foster exchanges between artists and Midwest communities. During the 2014-2015 funding cycle, Arts Midwest Touring Fund awarded over $400,000 to more than 165 presenting organizations across the nine-state region.

The ASCAP Foundation considers proposals from other 501(c)(3) organizations engaging in music education and talent development programs that are consistent with the mission and objectives of The ASCAP Foundation and which support programs for aspiring songwriters and composers.

Founder Jamie Rosenberg discovered a unique insight – getting funding to teachers and schools, and tracking it is much harder than it should be. Teachers don’t have the time to manage cash, checks, receipts and forms. School district and school administrators, education foundations, and PTAs spend a ridiculous amount of time reconciling paperwork and receipts even for the smallest of transactions, and stress about the audit each year.
The understanding and obsession with solving this problem is what makes us tick. We know that if we can simplify the incredibly frustrating process of solving for classroom needs, our students will be smarter, and administrators and teachers will all be happier.

Classics for Kids
The CFKF believes that playing a stringed instrument can transform a child, giving them experiences and skills that can make them more successful in life. To help realize this ideal, we support strings programs serving kids around America through our matching grants for beautiful new instruments. These quality instruments inspire kids to practice more, stay involved with their strings programs, and reap the many life benefits that this exposure brings. Teachers benefit not only from excited, engaged kids, but also through instruments that are easier to work with and maintain, improving both the classroom environment and the educational experience for their students. Public schools, community music schools and youth orchestras are just some of our partners. To learn more and apply, check out our stringed instrument grants.

Cultural Trust
Endowment Challenge Grants incentivize giving to Iowa’s nonprofit cultural organizations by providing up to $30,000 in matching dollars to endowment funds dedicated to supplementing the operating budgets these institutions. Applicants are required to demonstrate that they have adopted and implemented strategies to secure their long-term stability and sustainability. Grant recipients are required to raise $3 in new endowment funds raised specifically for this campaign for every dollar awarded in grant funds.
Cultural Trust Stability Grants seek to help Iowa cultural organizations make measurable progress toward goals of fiscal stability and implementing best practices in organizational strategic planning and management. Applicants may apply for up to $2,500, and are required to provide $1 of matching funds for every dollar requested.

Donors Choose is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests on our site, and you can give any amount to the project that most inspires you.

Fender Music Foundation
The Fender Music Foundation makes the gift of music available to people across the country by providing resources for music education programs. Our grants are awarded to schools, local music programs and national music programs across the United States. As of June 2012, we awarded grants to 50 community music programs, 7 national music programs, 37 music therapy programs, and 59 school music programs. We have reached state specific programs in 30 states. And have directly given over 150,000 people the opportunity to make music.

Give a Note Foundation
Give a Note Foundation is committed to nurturing new and existing music programs through  grants and awareness campaigns. Since 2011, Give a Note Foundation has provided more than $1.1 million in grants to schools in 75 communities in the U.S. At the same time, we have conducted five national awareness campaigns that highlight the importance of music education for all students.

Grant Makers in the Arts
GIA provides valuable professional development for arts grantmakers through conferences, workshops, and webinars; publications including the peer-reviewed GIA Reader; research and policy work across the field of philanthropy; and communication tools on our website.

Jack Kent Cook Young Artist Award
Since 2005, From the Top and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation have awarded more than $2 million in scholarships to exceptional young musicians with financial need.
In addition to providing these young artists with an opportunity to perform on From the Top’s national broadcasts, recipients are awarded up to $10,000 to help offset the often prohibitively expensive costs of studying classical music at a high level. Each year, From the Top chooses approximately 20 exceptional pre-collegiate musicians ages 8-18 to receive the Award.

The Mockingbird Foundation
Non-profit organization founded by Phish fans in 1996 to generate charitable proceeds from the Phish community. Geographic focus in U.S., grants range from $100 to $5,000 on a one-time basis. Typically awarded to nonprofit organizations with tax exempt status under 501(c)(3), or public schools. Especially focused on music education for children and programs which benefit disenfranchised groups.

Mr. Holland’s Opus
The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation keeps music alive in our schools by providing durable, high-quality musical instruments to deserving, under-funded music programs nationwide. By increasing the school’s inventory of quality, playable instruments, music teachers are given the tools they need to deliver a quality music education to students who want to learn, re-energize their program, attract new students and instill a sense of pride and worth for the students and the entire school.

The Wallace Foundation
Five major initiatives under which grants are available: School Leadership, After School, Summer/Expanded Learning, Arts Education, and Building Audiences for the Arts. Foundation identifies prospective grantees and invites them through screening and “requests for proposals” to submit grant applications. Does not award to religious, international, conferences, health, medical, social service, environmental/conservation, emergency funds, private foundations, or individuals.

Farmers Thanks Americas Teachers

Throughout the year, Thank America’s Teachers and Farmers Insurance will give away more than $1 million in educational grants to our nation’s teachers, supporting proposals and exciting projects that make a difference.  It’s also about giving them the ability to make a big impact in their classrooms and community.

D’Addario Foundation

The D’Addario Foundation is a unique non-profit grant-making organization providing monetary and product support to high-quality sustainable music instruction programs on the frontline to improve access to music education. We support programs that bring music back into communities and schools and get kids playing as early and as frequently as possible. The D’Addario Foundation believes in the transformative power of music and that mentoring and building communities through music can positively affect social change.