Grant Making

The Presser Foundation has five primary areas of interest:

Grant Making page

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1.  Advancement of Music: Provide general operating support to worthy music organizations in the Greater Philadelphia Area.

2. Assistance to Music Teachers: Administer financial support to retired or disabled music teachers in need.

3. Capital Support: Provide grants for the construction and renovation of suitable buildings for musical instruction and performance.

4.  Special Projects: Provide support to milestone celebrations, innovative projects and unique or first-time collaborations among music organizations.

5.  Scholar Award: Provide financial awards to promising undergraduate and graduate students at qualified higher education institutions.


The Presser Foundation requires potential grantees to submit proposals by the following deadlines and will notify grantees accordingly.

Grant Making Area Proposal Deadline Decision Notification
Advancement of Music November 15th March 1st
Assistance To Music Teachers Ongoing Ongoing
Capital Support February 1st May 1st
Special Projects* October 15th January 1st
Undergraduate Scholar Award September 1st November 15th

*Please note significant changes to the Grant Guidelines for Special Projects. We strongly encourage careful review. Newly established music organizations (within 3 years) should apply under Special Projects for general operating support typically provided through Advancement of Music.


Online Grant Management

The Presser Foundation uses an online grant management system powered by Foundant.  The system allows for all prospective and current grantees to submit proposals and reports online.


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