Preschool Music Grants

Music is an important part of a preschool’s curriculum. Kids love the creative outlet so much they hardly notice the lessons in cooperation and teamwork that making music teaches. Instruments for 3-and 4-year-olds are typically plastic but can quickly become expensive and preschools can find it challenging to sustain their music programs. If the school is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit corporation, patron and private foundations, the federal government and major corporations have programs for funding preschool music grants.

  1. Patron Organizations

    • The Muzak Heart & Soul Foundation funds music education with a focus on stimulating creative potential among all children; they require that applicants accept children into their music program regardless of ability to pay. Awards range between $1,000 and $12,000 and are dispersed annually. Your preschool music program may also win funding from The ASCAP Foundation’s grant program. Average awards are $2,500; the organization supports educational and talent development programs. There are many more foundations focused on music and the arts that may be a match for your preschool’s need; mine the comprehensive list of music patron foundations at Music Education Online.

    Private Foundations

    • Preschool music grant needs may also be met by foundations focused on more general funding; the David and Lucile Packard Foundation funds a wide variety of projects that benefit and enrich children. Eligibility is limited to organizations serving northern California. The Hershey Foundation supports both early childhood education and arts programs; they may fund your music program if your preschool is in Northeast Ohio. Many private foundations limit their giving to specific geographic areas; use a reputable website like the Foundation Center to start your foundation search close home.

    Federal Funding

    • Community enrichment and livability are the focus of the Our Town grant offered by the National Endowment of the Arts; if your preschool can demonstrate a significant contribution to the community, you may win an award of $25,000 to $250,000. Federal funds for preschools are generally limited to those which serve economically disadvantaged or disabled children; the Department of Education may award funding to support your preschool music program if you service disabled kids.

    Major Corporations

    • “Early childhood education and development that is directly related to creativity” are at the top of the list of the LEGO Children’s Fund’s area of support. Applications are accepted year-round and grants of $500 to $5,000 are awarded quarterly. If your preschool is in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, Target offers general operating grants to organizations that provide affordable and accessible arts experiences to the community. Your music program may qualify depending on the population you serve. Many major corporations limit their giving geographically, preferring to fund projects in communities where they are headquartered or have large facilities. Look first to the businesses near your location for preschool music grants.

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