Music education builds self-confidence, creativity, discipline and the ability to reconcile conflicting ideas. If your program is aligned with these beliefs and goals, we want to help. Please be sure to follow the guidelines and apply below.

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Seeking Support First Half of Year
Grant Proposal Deadline September 30, 2019 CLOSED
Grant Decisions Made By January 20, 2020
Grant Awards Mailed Starting January 31, 2020
Seeking Support Second Half of Year
Grant Proposal Deadline March 31, 2020 OPEN
Grant Decisions Made By July 20, 2020
Grant Awards Mailed Starting July 31, 2020
General Guidelines
  1. Organizations are eligible to apply for support once per year.

  2. If you are a new applicant, you must fit the criteria outlined on this website in order to be considered.  Please follow the directions to submit a letter of inquiry.  The D’Addario Foundation reserves the right to not respond to inquiries that clearly do not meet our objectives.

  3. New applicants may not formally apply for support until you are invited to submit a grant proposal.

  4. Whether you have been funded before or not, ALL applicants must reapply each year for continued support. You will not receive a reminder from the Foundation about the proposal deadlines. It’s your responsibility to submit on time.

  5. If your proposal is accepted for the first half of the year (September), then you will receive your grant by mid-January of the following year at the earliest.  If your proposal is accepted for the second half of the year (March), then you will receive your grant by starting mid-July of that same year. Do not expect your grant to arrive before that point, and please plan accordingly.

  6. The D’Addario Foundation prefers not to provide funding for the purpose of purchasing equipment or instruments.  If you have instrument needs we recommend reaching out to the following organizations: Hungry for Music, Instruments in the Cloud,  Todd Rundgren’s Spirit of Harmony Foundation, Guitars 4 Gifts, Reverb Gives, or the Guitar Center Music Foundation

  7. Please review the FAQ’s before submitting a proposal.  If you have any questions, please submit them to

  8. Grantee organizations that have reached term limit may re-apply for support after a three year grace period if they continue to meet the funding objectives of the D’Addario Foundation.