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 but rather has two deadlines for submission September 30th (funds awarded starting January 15th) or March 31st (funds awarded starting July 31st).  Please keep in mind if you are applying for support for the first time, you must submit a letter of inquiry first before being invited to submit a formal grant proposal.

When can I submit a letter of inquiry?

Starting February 1, 2019, we will be accepting inquiries for support from new applicants in a rolling manner.

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 year, follow the grant proposal guidelines for the September 30th deadline. If you need funding in the summer months or at the start of a school year follow guidelines for the March 31st 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 September 30th or March 31st.

How will I know if my proposal is received?

Proposals submitted via our website will receive a confirmation email in return. If you do not receive a confirmation from the D’Addario Foundation 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 grant section on our website.

Is it possible to receive product from D'Addario, D'Addario Bowed, Evans, Rico, Planet Waves, HQ or Pure Sound in addition to a cash 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 generally 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 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.