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Grants to USA Nonprofits and Schools for Music Education for Children

The Mockingbird Foundation Grant


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Important Dates
Deadline: 01/15/24 Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $10,000 to USA nonprofit organizations and schools for projects to enhance music education for children. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to applying. Priority will be given to applicants with innovative approaches, low overhead, and/or collaborative elements to their work.

The Mockingbird Foundation, Inc. (“Mockingbird”) offers competitive grants to schools and nonprofit organizations that effect improvements in areas of importance to the Phish fan community. The programmatic focus is music education for children, defined as follows:

Music: The Foundation recognizes broad and basic needs within conventional instruction, though are particularly interested in projects that foster creative expression (whether in instrumentation, vocalization, composition, or improvisation) and encourage applications associated with diverse or unusual musical styles, genres, forms, and philosophies.

Education: Education may include the provision of instruments, texts, office materials, or equipment; the support of learning, practice, and/or performance spaces; and the provision of instructors or instruction. 

Children: The Foundation primarily funds programs serving children eighteen years of age or younger, but will consider projects which benefit college students, teachers, instructors, or adult students. The Foundation is particularly (though not exclusively) interested in programs which benefit disenfranchised groups, including those with low skill levels, income, or education; with disabilities or terminal illnesses; and in foster homes, shelters, hospitals, prisons, or other remote or isolated situations.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Grants are made only to nonprofit organizations with tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service code, or which have a sponsoring agency with this status, or which are government entities, such as a public elementary school. (Public schools are tax-exempt and thus eligible for funding, although school-based grantees cannot be independent of the school, must take place at the school, and must be supervised by the applicable municipality.) Organizations selected to submit a full proposal will be required to submit documentation of their status as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt institution, a sponsored institution, or a public school.

It is expected that nonprofit organizations who apply for support are operated and organized without discrimination in hiring staff or providing services on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin or disability.

The Foundation appreciates the fostering of self-esteem and free expression, but has never funded music therapy separate from education nor music appreciation which does not include participation.

The Foundation does not normally consider grants to individuals or to fund research, fundraising organizations or events, programs that promote or engage in religious or political doctrine, or organizations outside the United States.

Pre-Application Information
Inquiries for Round 29 are now open, and close Jan 15th.

- Inquiries open June 15th via an online form that closes January 15th.
- Full proposals from a select few are invited in March for submission in April.
- Final funding decisions will typically be announced in mid-June.

Full Schedule
- June – Inquiries open via an online form that closes Jan 15. After a brief administrative vetting, each inquiry is randomly assigned to multiple reviewers.
- Jan-March – Two-stage Review of ~900 inquiries by scores of volunteers, first selecting favorites from overlapping dockets, then ranking those favorites.
- March – Proposal Invitations sent to a tentative slate of several dozen applicants.
- May – Two-stage Review of dockets with integrated inquiries and proposals by a board committee and then the full board.
- Mid-June – Final funding decisions and announcements

Full proposals are by invitation only, and will not be considered if unsolicited. Those interested in funding should complete the Initial Inquiry Form, to provide organizational details and some brief narrative elements. No inquiries submitted via any other channel, including postal mail, will be considered.

Estimated Size of Grant
Grants range in size from $100 to $10,000.

Term of Contract
Grants are made on a one-time basis, and are non-renewable and non-transferable.

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