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 October 30, 2020 OPEN
Grant Decisions Made By January 20, 2021
Grant Awards Mailed Starting January 31, 2021
Seeking Support Second Half of Year
Grant Proposal Deadline April 17, 2020 CLOSED
Grant Decisions Made By September 21, 2020
Grant Awards Mailed Starting September 30, 2020
General Guidelines
  1. If you are a new applicant, you must first submit a letter of inquiry after carefully reading our funding objectives. Letter of inquiries are accepted on a rolling basis.  Please keep in mind that depending on volume it may take up to a month to receive an evaluative response. 


  2. New applicants may not submit a full grant proposal until they are formally invited to do so. 

  3. Organizations are eligible to apply for support once per year.

  4. Whether you have been funded before or not, all applicants must reapply each year for continued support unless they have been told otherwise. Organizations will not receive a reminder from the Foundation about proposal deadlines.

  5. If your proposal is accepted following the 10/30/20 deadline, then you will receive your grant, at the earliest, 1/31/21. If your proposal is accepted following the 4/17/20 deadline, then you will receive your grant, at the earliest, 9/30/20. 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. 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 our funding objectives.

  8. Please review our FAQs before submitting a proposal. If you have any questions, please submit them to