11 Grants Perfectly Suited for Community Choruses

Tori Cook February 16, 2017

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Signing grants for choruses

Let’s face it, researching grants for choirs is literally THE worst. There is a ridiculous number of grants to sift through online, and after searching through seemingly thousands, you’ll be lucky to find just one for which your chorus is actually eligible.

Unfortunately, there’s no “community chorus grant database” out there… wouldn't that be nice? And so, as choir leaders, we are forced to spend countless hours of research to find the right grants for our chorus. In this article, I will help you narrow down the best-suited grants specifically for adult community choruses.

Are you ready? Let’s dig in.

National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has multiple grant opportunities for which community choruses can apply. NEA grants can be used for “projects” which include specific events or activities focusing on a variety of subjects such as creating art, delivering art to underserved populations, enriching local communities through art, and art research.

Funding amounts: $10,000 to $200,000

Deadlines: Various

Find out more: https://www.arts.gov/grants

 

Knight Foundation

The Knight Foundation supports four program areas: journalism, communities, technology, and (you guessed it) the arts! Preference is given to organizations who display artistic excellence, authenticity and inclusion, and technological innovation.

Funding amounts: Not listed

Deadlines: None; this is an ongoing application process

Find out more: http://www.knightfoundation.org/programs/arts

 

U.S. Bank Foundation

You might not expect a bank to be a primary supporter of music programs, but the U.S. Bank Foundation takes the cake for financially supporting a multitude of music programs across the country. Under their “work, home, play” programs, choruses fall under the “play” category which focuses on arts and culture. They specifically support community music programs for adults and children alike with equal opportunity and preference given to low or moderate income areas.

Funding amounts: Not listed

Deadlines: February 1 – March 15

Find out more: https://www.usbank.com/community/community-possible-grant-program.aspx

 

Wells Fargo Frank and Lydia Bergen Foundation

Falling in suit with the U.S. Bank Foundation, the Wells Fargo Bergen Foundation provides grants to 501(c)(3) classical music programs that perform for the purpose of educating the public in musical art forms. While it is technically not limited to geographical areas, preference is given to organizations that reside in New Jersey or New York.

Funding amounts: Up to $50,000

Deadline: July 15

Find out more: https://www.wellsfargo.com/private-foundations/bergen-foundation/

 

Arts MidWest Touring Fund

If your community chorus is planning a choir tour, see if you can offset the touring cost with the Arts MidWest Touring Fund. Your community chorus must be in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, or Wisconsin and be a presenting organization touring between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. The tour must include one public performance, one community engagement activity, and reach an underserved audience.

Funding amounts: Up to $4,000

Deadline: April 25

Find out more: https://www.artsmidwest.org/programs/paf

 

The Adolf Busch Award

Does your chorus use music to promote a civil and just society? If so, then you could be eligible for The Adolf Busch Award, whose sole purpose is to do just that.

Funding amount: $10,000

Deadline: June 30

Find out more: http://adolfbuschaward.org/

 

MAP Fund

Similarly, the MAP Fund sponsors performing arts projects that “question, disrupt, complicate, and challenge inherited notions of social and cultural hierarchy across the current American landscape.” If you can make the case that your music and performance will do this, then this grant is for you.

Funding amounts: $10,000 to $45,000

Deadlines: October TBD

Find out more: https://mapfundblog.org/the-program/

 

The Aaron Copland Fund for Music

For choruses that perform contemporary American music, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music could be a perfect fit. Check out their “Performance Program” grant option for more information.

Funding amounts: Not listed

Deadline: June 30

Find out more: https://grants.coplandfund.org/programs

 

The Amphion Foundation, Inc.

Following the theme of contemporary American music, The Amphion Foundation offers a grant for high-quality choral ensembles who commit to performing contemporary music. As their preference goes to professional choruses, community choruses must demonstrate a high artistic ability in order to be considered.

Funding amounts: $1,000 to $7,500

Deadline: April 1

Find out more: https://amphionfoundation.org/amphion-grant-application

 

National Endowment for the Humanities

The National Endowment for the Humanities offers a variety of grant programs that focus on the excellence in humanities which include delivery of historical lessons and history’s impact on society. What could portray humankind better than the arts? While there are quite a few grants to sift through, two stand out as good fits for community choruses. The first is the “Creating Humanities Communities” in which the goal is to foster community relationships and connections through a specific project. The second is the “Public Humanities Project” in which the grant will be used to analyze humanity themes and bring insight to an audience.

If your chorus is doing a piece that focuses on a humanity theme such as Whitbourn’s “Annelies” or Tippett’s “A Child of Our Time” which - (shameless plug) my chorus, Chorus pro Musica, is currently performing! - I highly recommend checking out these grants to see if you can receive funding for your performance.

Creating Humanities Communities Deadline: February 15

Public Humanities Project Deadline: August 9

Funding amounts: Not listed

Find out more: https://www.neh.gov/grants

 

Barbershop Harmony Society Outreach Vision Grants

You do not have to be a "barbershopper" to apply for this grant! The Barbershop Harmony Society offers an Outreach Vision Grant that is open to any 501(c)3 organization interested in pursuing an a cappella-based project in the community.

Funding amounts: $500 to $20,000

Deadlines: February and September, depending on your project’s implementation date

Find out more: http://www.barbershop.org/outreach/grants/

 

For tips on the grant application process, visit our blog "Best Practices: Community Chorus Grant Applications."

Do you have additional grant opportunities that are suitable for community choruses? Feel free to share in the comments below!

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Tori Cook

Tori Cook is the Director of Marketing at Chorus Connection. She directs the Harborlight Show Chorus and is President of Chorus pro Musica in the Boston area. When not making music, she daydreams about adopting a golden retriever puppy and scuba diving to exotic locations around the world.

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