Community Engagement Grants

PURPOSE: To provide financial assistance, of up to $750, for programs and projects that bring together MTNA teachers, students and the local community, and focus on projects that engage the community in making music, appreciating music, or attending live music events. Community Engagement Grants support Pillar One of the MTNA mission: “Engage the Public,” by supporting programs/activities designed to “increase the number of all people making and teaching music.”


  • MTNA-affiliated local associations or state MTAs, as well as individual teachers may apply.
  • Proposed projects must occur during the current grant year (July 1, 2020–June 30, 2021).
  • Only one application per affiliate or individual should be submitted.
  • Fundraising or commercial events are not eligible for this grant.
  • Final reports for any previous MTNA grants have been submitted.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time, May 4, 2020.

The ideal applicant would have a project that:

  • Benefits those outside of the MTNA state, local and collegiate communities
  • Reaches multiple demographics
  • Creates an appreciation for music or additional music makers
  • Benefits an underserved population

Proposals do not have to meet all the above criteria to be awarded a Community Engagement Grant.


  • Quality (30 points)—Project is well thought out and demonstrates, supports or promotes engaging the community in making music, appreciating music or attending live music events.
  • Implementation (30 points)—Applicant demonstrates ability to successfully design/implement the project. This might include documented planning, leadership, financial management and/or timeline.
  • Benefit/Impact (40 points)—Applicant articulates who will benefit from the project and the impact that the project will have. Project might benefit the community, students, your studio, affiliate members and the like. Ideally, the project benefits more than one individual and has impact in the greater community. Project will “engage the public” and thereby increase the number of all people making and teaching music.


  • Amount of funding requested
  • Title of project (if applicable)
  • Brief description of proposed project (250 words max)
  • Description of how funds will be used (100 words max)
  • Dates of project (must fall between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021)
  • Description of project impact (250 words max)
  • Anticipated audience reached, including participant numbers, members vs. nonmembers, demographics and so on. (50 word max)

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