Frequently Asked Questions

Does the Foundation follow an open-grant process or is there a timeline?

The D’Addario Foundation does not follow an open-grant process. We have two deadlines for submission: January 15th (funds awarded starting March 1st) or April 30th (funds awarded starting August 1st). Please keep in mind if you are applying for support for the first time, you must first submit a letter of inquiry before being invited to submit a formal grant proposal.

When can I submit a letter of inquiry?

We accept letter of inquiries from new applicants on a rolling basis. LOIs can be submitted via email to

What if I am applying for support of a program that takes place over the course of the year?

If you need funding in the beginning of the calendar year, follow the grant proposal guidelines for the January 15th deadline. If you need funding at the beginning of the academic year, follow the guidelines for the April 30th deadline.

How should we submit our proposal?

You can find information on how to submit an initial letter of inquiry if you are new to the D’Addario Foundation via the grants section on our website. Information on how to submit a full grant proposal, once invited, can also be found in that section.

How often can I apply for a grant from the Foundation?

Organizations are welcome to apply for grants once every calendar year.

What if I miss a deadline... Are exceptions made?

No. We ask that you make the best effort possible to submit your proposal by the end of the day on January 15th or April 30th.

How will I know if my proposal is received?

Proposals submitted will receive a confirmation email in return. If you do not receive a confirmation within a reasonable amount of time, please check in with us at

If I apply for funding and am denied, how soon can I re-apply?

Depending on the circumstance of your denial, you may re-apply for funding in the next calendar year’s round.

If I am only seeking a product donation from D'Addario, D'Addario Bowed, Evans, Rico, Planet Waves, HQ, ProMark or Pure Sound should I apply for a Foundation grant?

As long as your organization fits within our mission and is a 501(c) (3) or the equivalent in your country, it is possible to receive product as a donation.  Submit a letter of inquiry via the grants section on our website.

Is it possible to receive product from D’Addario, D’Addario Orchestral, D’Addario Woodwinds, Promark, or Evans, in addition to a monetary award?

Yes. On the grant proposal, there is a section that specifically asks if your organization has a need for a product donation in addition to a cash award.

How many organizations are funded each year?

While there is no fixed number, we average over 200 grants each year.

What is the average amount given per grant?

The average dollar amount granted is approximately $2,500.

What types of things do you not fund?


  • Individuals
  • Religious, veteran or fraternal organizations
  • Telethons, benefits, or fundraisers
  • Capital campaigns, endowments or building fund drives
  • Political or lobbying organizations
  • Short-term initiatives such as performances, masterclasses, festivals, workshops, concerts, summer camps, drum circles, or competitions
  • Band boosters or private schools
  • Instruments or equipment requests

If you apply for support of any of the above mentioned please be advised that you may not receive a response.

Do you provide support for the purchase of instruments?

We prefer not to provide monetary support for the purchase of instruments, although we provide in-kind donations in the form of product accessories quite often.

What if I have reached my funding term limit?

Grantee organizations that have been told they’ve 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.