The St. Croix Valley Foundation’s competitive grants programs are the result of the generosity of many wonderful donors who wish to support the people and communities of the St. Croix Valley.
Music Education – Projects that enhance the quality of school-based music education programs and enrich student’s musical skills and appreciation. The online application is now closed. The next due date is September 30, 2019 with funding decisions made in November.
Other Interest Areas – SCVF will consider funding projects outside of these grant programs, although funding is very limited. If your organization is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization and would like to be considered through this process, please contact Angie Pilgrim at 715-386-9490 or via email.
An organization is limited to one proposal for each grant program. An applicant may submit a proposal for a different SCVF grant program during the same grant cycle if they are eligible.
Donors to SCVF have established a variety of grant programs representing interest areas and initiatives that offer annual grants to deserving organizations. Donors can contribute to these existing funds or create their own to represent their own charitable interests.
BENEFITS OF VALLEY IMPACT FUNDS
The SCVF provides donors with the opportunity to create or add to Valley Impact Funds for causes that are closest to their hearts. The Foundation has funds addressing a variety of causes including music education, the arts, health and wellness, the environment, and animals. The advantage of these funds is their mission is unchanging yet they remain current and flexible. We cannot guess tomorrow’s issues or know which organizations can best address those issues at that time.
However, through Valley Impact Funds and the competitive grants programs, the SCVF places grant dollars in the most capable hands at the right time, in perpetuity.
The Music Education grant application is now closed; notifications will be mailed mid-November.
Music Education grants are given each December and are made possible by a donor whose gift established an endowment fund. The donor, herself once a music teacher, wished to give the gift of music to students of all ages, from pre-school through high school. The goal of the endowed field of interest fund is to enhance the quality of music education programs in area schools.
Public and private schools’ located in Washington and Chisago counties in Minnesota and Burnett, Pierce, Polk, and St. Croix Counties in Wisconsin are eligible. Nonprofit arts organizations cannot apply for a music education grant but can work with a school to apply. Applicants must have no outstanding final reports due to the SCVF.GRANT RANGE
Grants can range from $500 to $5,000. Proposals may be awarded partial funding.
Grants must be used within one year from the date of the award. Grants can fund materials such as sheet music, instruments, and other items; guest artists and instructors; community outreach; concerts; composition; inter- or intra-school collaborations; and other expenses that contribute to music education. Funds may supplement, but not replace, schools’ music education budgets. Funds may not be used for scholarships for individuals, uniforms, staff salaries, or expenses already incurred by the applicant. Preference is given to hands-on vocal or musical activities over technological innovations.