Funding & Support

The Ensemble seeks to connect and inform all people who are committed to ensemble music education for youth empowerment and social change.

Funding for Youth-Led Community Service Projects


The pandemic has led many to confront longstanding inequities in their communities—none more so than our young people, who have made their voices heard in unprecedented ways. The Karma for Cara Foundation’s Microgrant Program seeks to support these young people as they work to improve their communities around the world. Available to youth ages 18 or younger, grants range from $250 to $1,000 and are given to young people working on community service projects, from rebuilding school playgrounds to helping senior citizens prepare for winter. Many of our students have creative community service projects in mind—let’s share this opportunity with them. Application deadlines are quarterly throughout the year, and this year’s final deadline is October 1. Visit Karma for Cara Foundation’s website to apply online.

Funding for Community-Minded Musicians


The Sparkplug Foundation provides grants to start-up nonprofit organizations, or new projects of established nonprofits, that are addressing the fields of music, education, and community organizing in the U.S. or Palestine/Israel. In the Music category, Sparkplug supports emerging professional musicians in developing new work, sharing existing work with a wider community, bringing together musicians to collaborate, or facilitating new workshops that bring music to oppressed communities. The grant application process can be initiated on their website any time before October 11.

Google Ad Grants Available to Nonprofits in Selected Countries


Google Ad Grants help nonprofits share their causes with the world. The program provides up to $10,000 per month of in-kind Google search advertising for nonprofits. These ads allow organizations to raise awareness, attract new donors, and recruit new volunteers. Applications are accepted from any organization registered as a charitable organization in an eligible country. There is no deadline to apply; visit the Google Ad Grants website to review the FAQs, which include a video detailing how to launch a successful ad grants campaign.

Grants Aid Marginalized Populations in the U.S., East Africa, and Central America


Jewish Helping Hands’ Tikkun Olam Grant Program helps vulnerable populations across the world by supporting projects focused on economic development and social empowerment, with a particular emphasis on those demographics that have been overlooked or marginalized. Projects in the United States, East Africa, and Central America, as well as regions worldwide with impoverished Jewish populations, are given priority. Grants range up to $10,000 for projects in the U.S. and up to $5,000 for projects in other countries. Initial inquiry forms must be submitted by September 14, 2021; invited full applications will be due December 14, 2021. Visit the Jewish Helping Hands website to learn more.

Wallace Foundation Seeks Arts Organizations of Color to Join New Research Initiative


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MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett Give High-Impact Arts Organizations Transformational Funding Gifts


MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett are gifting $2.739 billion to 268 organizations that work to support and center new voices and “build power from within communities.” In a short post on her blog titled “Seeding by Ceding,” Scott explains her perspective, describing how wealth has established and maintained systems of inequity, and advocating for donors to be decentralized from processes of change.

Sphinx Offering Opportunities for Arts Organizations, Leaders, and Students


The Sphinx Organization is offering several upcoming opportunities for funding support and professional development.

Performing Artists Encouraged to Apply for International Showcase


Western Arts Alliance is opening its international showcase application for the Performing Arts Discovery program (PAD) 2021 season. Launched by the National Endowment for the Arts to promote U.S. artists to international programmers, PAD welcomes artists of any art form or genre who are ready to tour internationally. Those who identify as LGBTQ+ and/or BIPOC are especially encouraged to apply. There is no fee to apply and submissions are due by June 25; find out more via Western Arts Alliance.

The Lewis Prize for Music Opens Applications for 2022 Accelerator Awards


The Lewis Prize for Music is now accepting 2022 Accelerator Awards applications. Accelerator Awards are open to Creative Youth Development (CYD) music organizations seeking to influence youth-serving systems so that all young people have access to learning, creating, and performing experiences that reflect their culture and identity. Applications are open until July 16, 2021, at 5 p.m. PST.

USA TODAY Grant for Community-Building Opens This June


The USA TODAY NETWORK has started a crowdfunding and grantmaking program from the Gannett Foundation that aims to invest in community-building initiatives across the country. The A Community Thrives initiative allows programs to share their community improvement ideas on a national stage to gain a wider network of support, publicity, and donations.


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