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Grants to USA Music Nonprofits in Multiple States
for Facility Construction and Improvements

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The Presser Foundation

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Grants to Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania nonprofit music organizations in eligible regions for capital projects to create or improve facilities for music education and presentation. Funding is intended to support organizations that provide a broad range of classical symphonic, chamber, choral, and vocal music. Eligible activities include construction, repairs, renovation, or expansion of existing facilities. Requests will be accepted from applicants located within a 75-mile radius of Philadelphia, including Harrisburg.

Proposals will be judged on:

  • The strengths and accomplishments of the applicant organization,
  • 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#: 177129

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Presser Foundation considers requests for grants typically between $25,000 and $125,000.

Estimated Total Program Funding:
The Presser Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of grantees for capital projects totaling $795,000, including $545,000 in new commitments and $250,000 satisfying previous commitments, through its Capital Support program.

Term of Contract:

Multi-year requests will be considered. The first grant distribution will be made when construction commences.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:


- Non-profit, 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.

Grants will be considered at the discretion of Trustees of the Foundation to organizations having a music building previously supported by Theodore Presser, The Presser Foundation, or bearing the name “Presser”, regardless of location. These “legacy” institutions are eligible to receive support for significant capital projects.

The Presser Foundation does not support theater, commercial music theater, dance or other non-music focused venues.

Capital projects do not include grants to cover general operating expenses, equipment and musical instruments.

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Contact Information:

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

Online application portal:

The Presser Foundation
1501 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Janine Baschoff
Grants Manager

Grant Coverage Areas:

Organizations that are located 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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USA: Delaware;   Maryland;   New Jersey;   Pennsylvania

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