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Grants to USA Nonprofits and Schools for Music Education for Children

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The Mockingbird Foundation Grant

The Mockingbird Foundation


Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #181377

Grant Description

Grants of up to $10,000 to USA nonprofit organizations and schools for projects to enhance music education for children. An initial inquiry must be submitted prior to applying. Funding is intended to support projects in the areas of creative musical expression and instruction for children and youth.

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

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.

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Eligibility:

  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Geographic Focus: U.S., with an interest in geographic diversity throughout the U.S. (The Fondation cannot fund organizations outside the U.S., but have funded programs in all 50 U.S. States and Washington, D.C.)
- Recipient Restrictions: 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.
- The organization 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. 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.
- Special Interests: The Foundation is particularly interested in organizations with low overhead, innovative approaches, and/or collaborative elements to their work, but these are not restrictive.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:

- June 15 – Inquiries open via an online form that closes Jan 15. After a brief administrative vetting, each inquiry is randomly assigned to multiple reviewers.

- Jan 17 – First-Stage Review starts, with volunteers each receiving a docket of between 20 and 200 submissions. Each reviewer select three inquiries from their docket, typically due around Feb 21.

- Feb 22 – Second-Stage Review starts, as a subset of reviewers collaboratively considers all selections made. A final slate of 5 applicants is due to the executive director by Mar 13.

- Mar 15 – Invitations are sent to submit full proposals, through a second online form, due April 15.

- April 16 – Proposal Review starts, with final dockets integrating full proposals and initial inquiries.

- Mid-June – Final funding decisions and announcements

Initial Inquiry: 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.

Additional Funding Information:

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.

Contact Information:

To submit the initial inquiry, see: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/round28inquiry

Please email ellis@mbird.org for any questions.

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