Grant Making

Grant Making Areas

The Presser Foundation has five primary areas of interest:

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.

Deadlines & Notifications

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

Grant Making AreaProposal DeadlineDecision Notification
Advancement of MusicNovember 15thMarch 1st
Assistance To Music TeachersOngoingOngoing
Capital Support*February 1stMay 1st
Special Projects**September 15thNovember 1st
Undergraduate Scholar AwardSeptember 1stNovember 15th

*Given the environment of continued uncertainty due to COVID-19, the Capital Support Committee is open to considering proposals including the capital needs of music organizations to support music programming efforts during this current and next fiscal years. Capital needs can include (but are not limited to) hardwaresoftwareequipment and supplies. Applicants are invited to contact Teresa Rodgers, Executive Director, with questions before submitting.

*Please note significant changes to the Grant Guidelines for Special Projects. We strongly encourage careful review. Newly established mu*Please note significant changes to 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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