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Grants to USA and British Columbia Nonprofits and Schools in Eligible
Regions to Increase Access to Music Education for Underserved Students

Music Education Partnership Grants

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Chorus America

Conf. Date:

01/12/22

Deadline Date:

02/07/22 Midnight EST

Description:

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Grants of up to $50,000 to USA and British Columbia nonprofit organizations and schools in eligible regions to increase access to musical education for underserved students. BIPOC-led projects are strongly encouraged, in addition to applicants led by and serving historically marginalized communities. The program will fund projects designed to increase access to choral music education and promote non-arts learning and cultural literacy, all while upholding the principles of access, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Organizations and schools in these four regions are eligible to apply for this inaugural cycle: British Columbia and Northwest, Central Appalachia, Southwest, and the Upper Midwest.

British Columbia and the Northwest
Includes the Canadian province of British Columbia, and the following US states: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.

Central Appalachia
As defined by the Appalachian Regional Commission.
Includes Eastern Kentucky, Southern Ohio, Western North Carolina, Eastern Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, and all of West Virginia. See Supporting Documents below for full list of eligible counties for some of these states.

Southwest
Includes US states: Arizona, New Mexico, and Southern California (see Supporting Documents below for full list of eligible counties in California)

Upper Midwest
Includes US states: Iowa, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin 

Chorus America invites nonprofit organizations and schools to apply to the Music Education Partnership Grants program which, through a new funding partnership, will support collaborations between community organizations and elementary, middle, or junior high schools during the 2022-23 school year.

Singing with others in a group is a powerful tool for cross-cultural learning, developing empathy, and building community. Early participation in music is critical for life-long participation, yet many elementary, middle, and junior high schools lack dedicated music specialists. By focusing grants on students’ earliest musical experiences, Chorus America hopes to support communities who seek to support, but not replace, rich and diverse musical opportunities for young learners.

Grants will fund programs and projects that aim to: 

  • Increase access to singing-based music education for elementary and middle/junior high students from historically marginalized communities, 
  • Promote cross-cultural exchange and learning, and 
  • Uphold the principles of access, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 199833

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$900,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Chorus America will award grants ranging between $15,000 - $50,000 to each region.

Term of Contract:

All funded projects will be part of a peer-learning network, which will convene during the 2022-23 school year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The funding partner for this program has made a commitment to serving organizations in specific US and Canadian regions where music engagement opportunities for students may be limited by socioeconomics, geography, or related factors. During the inaugural year of this program, only organizations and schools in these regions will be eligible to apply.

Within each region, applications will be considered in 2 categories:

- Organizations with budgets less than $150,000 or volunteer-run
- Organizations with budgets of $150,000 or greater and at least 1 paid staff member

All applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

Partnership Project Requirement. This grant program is designed to support partnerships between community-based organizations and elementary and/or middle/junior high schools. Organizations applying do not need to be exclusively dedicated to the arts but must propose a project focused on group singing. All projects eligible for consideration must include plans to partner with a school (or schools) serving elementary, middle, or junior high school(s).

Nonprofit Status and Fiscally Sponsored Projects. All applicants must be either a public school, 501(c)3 US tax-exempt charitable organization, or registered Canadian charity per the Canadian Revenue Agency. Fiscally sponsored projects are also eligible to apply; the fiscal sponsor must provide documentation of their 501(c)3 US tax-exempt status or qualification as a registered Canadian charity with the Canadian Revenue Agency.

Consideration for Faith-based Organizations/Repertoire. Proposals will be considered from faith-based organizations that engage in non-religious programming. Note: Repertoire taught and performed may have a faith-based origin, however, the repertoire should be referenced for its musical teaching objectives and history, and not as a tool for religious practice or religious instruction.

Ineligible Expenses. The Music Education Partnership Grants program is a project-based funding opportunity for community-based nonprofit organizations and schools. Chorus America does not fund:

- Capital campaigns
- Endowment funds
- Fundraising activities or events
- Faith-based organizations for religious purposes
- Individuals
- Lobbying or political activities
- PTAs or booster clubs
- Subgranting: Projects that intend to redistribute funds at their own discretion

Pre-proposal Conference:

Informational Webinars

Chorus America will host multiple informational webinars to walk through the application process, with opportunity for live Q&A:

- Register for the Thursday, Dec. 9 Webinar (2PM Eastern/1PM Central/Noon Mountain/11AM Pacific/10AM Alaska)

- Register for the Wednesday, Jan. 12 Webinar (2PM Eastern/1PM Central/Noon Mountain/11AM Pacific/10AM Alaska)

*Advance registration required; please click the date above to register.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- November 15, 2021: Application portal opens
- Applications due Monday February 7, 2022
- Early April: Finalists invited to participate in virtual learning sessions (a 30-45 minute online conversation between the applicant and review panelists designed to support the planning efforts for each project, as well as ask clarifying questions)
- April 26 – May 13, 2022: Virtual learning sessions (30-45 minutes each)
- Late May 2022: Funding decisions announced
- 2022-23 School Year: Grantees run funded projects

First-time grant applicants are encouraged to submit an application.

Criteria and Eligibility:
https://www.chorusamerica.org/music-ed-grants/criteria-eligibility

Timeline and Selection Process:
https://www.chorusamerica.org/music-ed-grants/timeline-selection-process

Application Toolkit:
https://www.chorusamerica.org/music-ed-grants/apply

Help and FAQ:
https://www.chorusamerica.org/music-ed-grants/help-faq

Contact Information:

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

Apply online: https://apply-chorusamerica.smapply.io/prog/MEPG2022/

If you have a question that is not addressed in the FAQ section, staff members are happy to set up a meeting to assist you. Please see the contact information below.

André Coleman
Associate Director of Philanthropy
Click to schedule a meeting: ChorusAmerica1@chorusamerica.org/bookings/" target="_blank">https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/ChorusAmerica1@chorusamerica.org/bookings/

Ask André about:
- Eligibility
- Accessing the online application portal
- Application submission
- General application guidance

Quick, non-urgent questions: andre@chorusamerica.org

Kimberly Theodore Sidey
Program Officer, Music Education Grants
Click to schedule a meeting: ChorusAmerica1@chorusamerica.org/bookings/" target="_blank">https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/ChorusAmerica1@chorusamerica.org/bookings/

Ask Kimberly about:

- Eligibility
- Your program and general application guidance
- Scoring rubrics and application review
- Panelist feedback

Quick, non-urgent questions: kim@chorusamerica.org

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USA: Alaska;   Arizona;   California;   Idaho;   Iowa;   Kentucky;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Montana;   New Mexico;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oregon;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Virginia;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin

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Canada: British Columbia;

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