Each year, large companies and organizations across North America award sizable grants to community-based programs that demonstrate the ability to serve the needs of specific groups in their region. Grants can often range from $50,000–$100,000. To secure such significant funding, a program must prepare an extensive grant application that often requires high-level writing skills and a well-produced video or other project as evidence of past success. Too often, deserving programs that lack the resources or skills to create such materials can never qualify.
With this situation in mind, MTNA awards Program Enrichment Grants that provide “seed funds” to assist in the creation of application materials that can lead to larger funding from other organizations.
Below are descriptions of recently awarded projects.
Youth Music EducationProject description:The purpose of Project 440’s project is to distinguish its unique role in music education in Philadelphia and to strengthen its impact on underserved youth by building a stronger, more diversified funding base.
Youth Opera Promotional Package Project description: The purpose of our project is to develop a promotional package to help increase funding opportunities for Citywide Youth Opera.
Promotional DVD For Youth Program Project description: The Mundi Project’s purpose is to inspire youth by creating open access to piano, music, and the arts. The organization pursues this vision by operating the Piano Bank Program (Utah’s Piano Adoption Program) and the Piano Ambassador Program (community outreach through workshops, concerts, and community performances). Funds are being requested to develop a Mundi Project DVD including videos, a Financial Audit, and Annual Report required of larger funding requests.
Music Program Promotional Package Project description: A promotional package centering on the music program would be extremely effective in raising funds.
Grant Application Launch Project description: Launch a series of grant applications to request funding for the 2012 Festival & Competition, as well as quarterly master classes and workshops. Help fund the grant writing process.