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Grants to USA Music Nonprofits and Music
Schools in Multiple States for One-Time Projects

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The Presser Foundation

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Grants starting at $5,000 to Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, and Delaware nonprofit music organizations and schools located within a 75-mile radius of Philadelphia to support special one-time projects. Requests must be for projects that fall outside the scope of the organization’s regular programming and operations.

These grants are given to music organizations for non-capital projects outside the scope of normal operations, unique and first-time collaborations, anniversary or other milestone celebrations and efforts that the Trustees of the Foundation may encourage or initiate through a request for proposals to the field or to specific organizations.

Proposals will be judged on:
-The strengths and accomplishments of the applicant organization(s);
-The relationship of the project to the applicant’s capabilities and to the needs of the community;
-The long term impact of the project on the applicant and the community; and
-The value and feasibility of the project.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174138

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Foundation will consider requests for grants typically between $5,000 and $100,000.

Term of Contract:

Multi-year requests will be considered and should be submitted for projects that are greater than a year in duration. Second grants for subsequent years of a project will not be considered.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

-Nonprofit, 501(c)(3) music performance, music presenting or music education organizations.
-Pre-collegiate music education organizations include: after school music programs, community music schools, music preparatory divisions and youth instrumental and vocal programs.
-The size and scope of the organization is considered when proposals are reviewed.
-Organizations that are in Pennsylvania (including Harrisburg), New Jersey, Delaware or Maryland and are within a 75-mile radius of Philadelphia are eligible to apply.
-Organizations in the New York and Baltimore metropolitan areas will not be considered for funding.

Activities that are a regular part of an organization’s operation including annual festivals or other events, and/or larger than normal music productions or programming will not be considered for special project funding.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant contributions will not to exceed 50% of Special Project’s budget.

The Presser Foundation uses an online grant management system powered by Foundant. The system allows for all prospective and current grantees to submit proposals and reports online.

-Proposal Deadline: October 15
-Decision Notification: January 1

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Teresa Araco Rodgers, Executive Director

Janine Baschoff, Grants Manager

The Presser Foundation
1501 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

P: 267.519.5350
F: 267.519.5349

Grant Coverage Areas:

Organizations that are in Pennsylvania (including Harrisburg), New Jersey, Delaware or Maryland and are within a 75-mile radius of Philadelphia are eligible to apply.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Delaware;   Maryland;   New Jersey;   Pennsylvania