Current Grants

CFKF is currently partnering with the following schools and communities. To see partners from previous years, please visit our grant history.

Albuquerque, NM: New Mexico Philharmonic: This organization has created a program entitled Young Musicians Initiative whereby children grades K-6 in two Title I schools and one school on the Navajo reservation receive stringed instrument instruction. 100% of the children qualify for the federal free lunch program. They have been offered a grant for 6 new instruments from our Deon Hilger fund.

Asuza, CA USD: This school district, located 30 miles east of downtown LA, is expanding an existing string program to provide access to second language learners grades 9-12. This is part of a larger plan to support underserved populations through extended day activities. We supported their request with a $5,000 matching grant.

Aurora, CO: Vanguard Classical School: This new charter school for grades 6-11 serves mainly low-income and minority families; we are giving support for several new instruments to students otherwise unable to participate in a small ensemble program.

Baton Rouge, LA: Baton Rouge Kids Orchestra: This is our second grant to this quickly-growing after-school program that can only serve students that they have instruments available for.  We gave $2,000 in matching support for this well-organized and run program.

Boston, MA: Bridge Boston Charter School: This is our second grant to Bridge Boston; the first grant was quite successful toward building participation in strings there. 100% of the children qualify for Federal free lunch, and 40% of the kids there are English language learners. CFKF is giving them matching support for 8 instruments.

Bowie, MD: Youth Jazz Orchestra: This community is building a jazz orchestra to engage a predominantly at-risk and ethnically diverse population. CFKF is providing support for several new instruments for this innovative program.

Brooklyn, NY: PS 230: this ethnically diverse school serving grades 2-5 wishes to build a string program to complement their active band program; they have received a $2,000 matching grant from CFKF to support this exciting new initiative.

Cincinnati, OH: Cincinnati Public Schools Itinerant String Program: This large school district serving children grades 1-6 proposes to greatly increase access to instruments for four schools that are classified as Title I near downtown Cincinnati. The student population is mixed and predominantly black; CFKF has offered an initial $2500 matching grant to support this large new initiative.

Davenport, FL: Horizons Elementary:  This is a new string program serving kids grades 4-5 in a rural community in one of the poorest areas in central Florida. CFKF provided $3,848 in matching funds to this exciting new initiative.

Denver, CO City Strings: Augustana Arts administers this program, which runs six string programs serving children grades 3–10 in particularly needy areas of Denver. The students served are primarily Black and Hispanic; there is a chronic shortage of instruments, both in numbers and condition, to serve the children involved. CFKF has offered them a matching grant to support their need for 20 new instruments.

Earlimart, CA SD:  This public school string program serving children in grade 3 was recently created in this rural community near Bakersfield, California. The area is primarily agricultural, and nearly half of the families there live below the poverty line. They wish to expand the program to offer cellos; at present they only have violins, and they’ve been offered our support for 4 new cellos.

Fergus Falls, MN: Fergus Falls Orchestras: This traditional string program, serving kids grades 4-12 in this rural community in Minnesota, wishes to expand access to strings for students and families unable to participate due to rental fees. CFKF has offered a $1,000 grant to support their request.

Flint, MI: Carmen-Ainsworth: This is the third grant application from Flint, which supports a quickly growing string program. Flint is an economically challenged community that nonetheless supports this active program. We offered them a grant to help them gain access to beautiful new cellos.

Greenville, SC: Legacy Charter School: This rapidly expanding program serves an ethnically diverse population grades K-4; his program is funded exclusively through a local Foundation. Their goal is to build strings participation and begin a middle school program soon, and CFKF is supporting this initiative with a matching grant.

Gulfport, MS: TSA Mississippi Gulf Coast Kroc Center: This Salvation Army Kroc Center supports a largely disadvantaged population with a variety or programs including music in Biloxi and the surrounding area that was hard hit by Katrina. 65% of the students qualify for the Federal free lunch program, and the population is quite diverse. We have given them support for 8 instruments from Deon Hilger’s generous gift in 2015.

Hartford, CT: Kinsella: This privately run program supports children grades 1-12 from the public schools in Hartford. This grand will allow them to expand their string program along with a greater variety of instruments. CFKF has given a match of $1,000 to support this broadly based initiative.

Hyde Park, MA: Youth and Family Enrichment Services began a private string instruction program for underserved youth in 2011, and has grown significantly; they are being supported with a matching grant for many new instruments.

Indianapolis, IN: Judah Ministries Pride Academy: This is a Child Care Center serving kids pre-K through 6th grade that has invested in the creation of a music program where every child receives free music instruction. CFKF invested in this innovative program with a $2,000 matching grant.

Jackson, OH: Christian Life Academy: This is a new string program in an area of Ohio that’s mostly rural; CFKF has offered matching support to help them build a more substantial inventory of stringed instruments with a matching grant.

Juneau, AK JAMM: CFKF has given 2 grants to this very well-run and rapidly expanding program serving children grades K-6. The student population there is ethnically diverse, and they have received a matching grant for 6 new cellos.

Kissimmee, FL: SD of Osceola County: This program, serving grades K-12, has a fairly new and quickly growing string program, and presently has an inadequate inventory to meet that demand. CFKF granted $3,000 in matching funds to this growing program.

Lapwai, ID: SD 341: This exciting new program, serving primarily Native American students grades 7-12, aims to create a new string program for the Nez Pierce Nation. 91% of these children are identified as socioeconomically disadvantaged, and 91% qualify for the Federal free lunch program. We are offering them a $3,000 grant to support this exciting new initiative, funded by a generous gift by Deon Hilger.

Los Angeles, CA: The Harmony Project: This is our second matching grant to Harmony, which supports a very respected music program in the LA area for over 2,000 underserved kids. This grant will allow them to expand their offering of instruments to the kids they serve.

Los Angeles, CA: Mariachi Juvenil: This program serves children grades 6-12 in an economically challenged area of LA; CFKF gave a matching to support their purchase of several new instruments for this innovative program.

Lynchburg, VA: CSD: This program is an established and very active string program serving and ethnically diverse mix of kids K-12 in the metropolitan Lynchburg area. They had a substantial need for more instruments; and our matching grant will allow much greater access to the strings experience for families otherwise unable to participate.

Madera, CA USD: This is the second grant request from Madera, which has a rapidly growing string program serving children in the 4th grade. The district is creating two new string programs in the elementary schools there, and they wish to expand their inventory to support that growth. 100% of the children there qualify for Federal free lunch. They requested support for 40 instruments, which CFKF supported with a $3,000 matching grant.

Manassas, VA: Manassas Adventist Preparatory School: This is the second grant to Manassas, which has a small but well-run string program. CFKF gave a modest grant to support their purchase of 4 new instruments.

Manitou Springs, CO: Arts Academy: This is a new initiative that hopes to offer strings instruction to all of its 3rd graders. CFKF has offered a matching grant of $2,000 to encourage the creation and growth of this innovative new program.

Mayer, AZ: Mayer Elementary PTO: This group wishes to begin a grade 4-8 string program in this very rural area school district; the PTO was formed to help support the creation or continuity of arts programs where there was little school support. The area is depressed economically; 34% of the students qualify as homeless. CFKF has offered this program support for their purchase of 7 new instruments.

Mayfield, KY: Graves County Orchestra has received matching support for several new cellos.

Middlebury, VT: Community Music Center: This new program, serving a largely rural area around Middlebury, aims to allow participation in strings regardless of financial circumstances. There is little strings instruction in the area, and this program fills that gap; CFKF has given matching support for several new instruments.

Milton, MA: Wilson-Kindelan School: This is a new string program serving children grades K-1 from the communities of Mattapan, Quincy, Dorchester and Randolph, MA. Most of the children served are single-parent or grandparent-raised. They are bringing in a Sistema Fellow (from the New England Conservatory program) to run the program; their hope is to expand the program through 5th grade in a few years. We offered a $3000 matching grant to this new initiative from our Boston String Project reserve.

Monterey, CA: MP USD: This substantial new initiative serving grades K through 12 aims to revitalize string education for 4 schools supporting several hundred students in the Monterey area. Many students are English language learners, and 73% qualify for the federal free lunch program. We are supporting their growth with a $2,000 matching grant.

Moreland, CA: Music in Moreland: This quickly growing middle school program serving an ethnically diverse population supports 6 schools in the Moreland CA area with strings instruction. Our support for several new instruments will allow more students to participate regardless of need.

Moreno Valley, CA: Music Changing Lives has been awarded a matching grant for several new violins, violas an cellos to encourage participation by underserved families.

Moreno Valley, CA USD: This Adventist school serves children in grades K-8 in Riverside County, California. They are creating a new program to give their students experience in strings; the student population there is ethnically mixed. They  requested support for many new violins to get them started on a substantial new inventory, and we’ve offered a $2,500 match toward that goal.

Nellysford, VA: Nelson County Community Orchestra: This program for students grades 2-12 in a rural part of Virginia is a community orchestra for students of all ages that these kids participate in. Their goal is to provide more instruments to students whose families could otherwise not afford participation. CFKF has offered them a $1,500 matching grant.

New Haven, CT: Music Haven: Music Haven is an innovative new afterschool program serving a predominantly at risk population grades 2-12, and 80% qualify for the Federal free lunch program. Black and Latino students make up 82% of their enrollment. We have given a $1,000 matching grant for 3 new instruments to help them keep their upward momentum.

New York City, NY: Youth Orchestra of St. Luke: This is our second grant to St. Luke’s; our first gift was very effective toward the creation and growth of their youth orchestra serving kids grades 3-8 from the Hell’s Kitchen area of New York City. This grant will help to continue their growth of high-quality instrument inventory and reduce the need for expensive rentals. We gave matching support for 8 new instruments for this growing organization.

New York City, NY Harmony Program:  This is our second grant for this well-run program for kids grades 4-12 serving the underserved and ethnically diverse communities of New York City and Long Island. The program is expanding rapidly, and expects to double in size this coming year. CFKF gave a matching grant toward their need for 34 new instruments.

North Haven, CT ACES: This public magnet school serves children grades 6-8 in several communities north of New Haven, CT; the program is expanding to give greater opportunity for students in 7th grade to this program, which runs both during the school day and one weekend class. CFKF gave a matching grant for their request for support for 45 new instruments.

Oahu, HI: TSA Kroc Center: The Kroc Center in West Oahu is creating a string program in the fifth grade to build on an existing program for older children there. The population is native Hawaiian, and the program serves an isolated community with little access to outside services. 87% of the children qualify for the Federal free lunch program. They asked support for 12 instruments, which we encouraged with a $2,600 matching grant from our Deon Hilger fund.

Peekskill, NY: City School District: This program, serving an ethnically mixed population of students grades 3-5, aims to develop an ambitious program for string instruction throughout the district. 73% of the students qualify for the Federal free lunch program, and a major goal is to provide instruments for students unable to afford rental fees. We’ve offered them a $1,500 matching grant.

Phoenix, AZ: Western School of Science and Tech: This new string program serving middle school kids serves a low-income population; they hope to build a substantial program to offer musical opportunity to the students there. We have offered support for several instruments for this exciting new program.

Poinciana, FL: Lake Marion Creek MS: This program supports children grades 5-6; their goal is to allow more access to strings for families who could not afford instrument rental fees. CFKF gave $3,000 in matching funds to support their growth.

Richmond, VA: Richmond, VA Public Schools: The RPS Education Foundation is embarking on a large initiative to build support and inventory for most of the 26 schools they serve. Only 9 of these schools currently have an instrument inventory and rely heavily on instrument rentals. 87% of the kids qualify for the Federal Free Lunch program, and 80% of the students are African-Americana. We are supporting this large and exciting initiative with an initial $2,000 matching grant.

Rochester, NY: Rochester City School District: This large urban district is embarking on a very large initiative to greatly expand access to strings instruction across the entire district over the next five years. The city of Rochester has the 7th highest child poverty rate in the U.S.; 87% of the students qualify for the Federal Free Lunch program. CFKF has given an initial matching grant to support their development of this important new initiative.

Sacramento, CA: A.M. Winn Waldorf-Inspired K-8: This active music program has a strong need to increase their inventory of instruments so that the kids there can take them home to practice; the students also have to share instruments at the school. This Title I school will now have greater access to fine new instruments through our matching grant.

San Diego, CA: Recreational Music Center: This organization is creating three new string programs in Title I schools in San Diego County serving grades 3-5, and providing all instruments, instruction and materials. We have offered a $3,000 matching gift to support this exciting new initiative.

San Marcos, CA: San Marcos USD’s rapidly growing public school string program has received matching support for their purchase of many new violins and cellos.

San Marcos, CA Fortissimo Program: We supported the creation of this program serving children grades K– 6 two years ago, and they have expanded rapidly. Their goal is to grow from 45 to 100 students this year. The student population is ethnically mixed, serves the general community, and we supported their request for 11 new violins with a second matching grant.

Santa Cruz, CA: El Sistema Santa Cruz: This program aims to develop a stronger string program in one of the elementary schools through an El-Sistema inspired initiative. The population is both primarily at risk and economically disadvantaged, and many are English language learners. They have been offered a matching grant to expand their instrument inventory.

Somerset, NJ: Central Jersey College Prep Charter School: This program serves children grades K-1; their request was to help expand their inventory to allow more students to participate regardless of financial need. We supported this worthy program with a modest matching grant.

Stamford, CT Starfish Connection: This organization delivers the music instruction to students in the Stamford area; this grant will support their strings initiative serving children grades 3-8.  There is a strong need for more and better instruments for the kids there. The student population served is 100% minority, and 100% qualify for Federal free lunch. They received support for 3 new violins.

St. Louis, MO: Lutheran HS: This string program, located in an economically challenged area of St. Louis very close to Ferguson, wishes to build a quality string program for kids in a difficult environment. They have a very small inventory, and our grant will strengthen their ability to offer strings.

St. Louis, MO: St. Louis Classical Guitar Society: This private program, serving kids from the Ferguson area of St. Louis, provides classical guitar instruction to kids from low-income families in a particularly strife-ridden area. We have offered support for many new guitars to support this important program.

Texas Lutheran University Community Music Academy: This program serving grades 2-12, supports a diverse student population; between 40-82% qualify for the Federal free lunch program (depending on the child’s background). This is the second grant request from Texas Lutheran; the program has grown substantially since our first grant, and they have a strong need for more and larger instruments as the children grow. CFKF is supporting this program with a $2,000 matching grant.

Topeka, KS: Topeka, KS Public Schools: The Topeka public schools need substantial support to help them revitalize their aging inventory of instruments in order to encourage participation and continuation in strings grades 6-8. They have a substantial string program, but attrition is substantial after f5th grade, often due to Instruments of poor quality. The population is ethnically diverse, and approximately 80% of the students qualify for the Federal free lunch program. We have offered them a $2,000 matching grant to help them build an exciting new inventory.

Tavares FL HS Band Boosters: Tavares is a small town in Lake County FL; the high school has had a music program since 1928. Their jazz band has a barely functional bass that needs replacing. We are supporting their need for 2 new double basses with a matching grant.

Union City, NJ: Union City Music Project: UCMP’s goal is to serve the area’s at-risk youth grades K-8 through music instruction; they wish to provide instruments to children whose families can’t afford them, and the program is growing rapidly. CFKF granted matching support for a variety of new instruments.

Vista, CA: Boys and Girls Club: This program has initiated a string ensemble that needs a substantial infusion of instruments to provide access to strings for a population that would otherwise be unable to participate. CFKF has offered a $2,500 matching grant to support this program’s goals.

Walnut Creek, CA California Symphony: California Symphony’s Sound Minds program is building on an after school program they have created for elementary students in San Pablo at Downer Elementary. This program serves a predominantly Hispanic and economically challenged population; 96% of the children qualify for Federal free lunch. The program has grown significantly since its creation in 2012; there is a strong need for increasing their inventory of better and larger size instruments. We supported this need with a matching grant for several new violins, cellos, and many bows.

Waterbury, CT Brass City Charter School: This program for students pre-K-4th grade, supports primarily African-American and Latino children through a comprehensive music program in an economically challenged area. 72% of the children qualify for the Federal free lunch program. We supported their needs with a matching grant for 10 new instruments.

Watertown, MA: Friends of Watertown Music: This organization wishes to build support and stringed instrument inventory for the general Watertown MA public schools. This suburban Boston community serves a diverse and often low-income family population. We are offering them support for 3 new cellos.

West Linn, OR: Youth Music Project:This is our second grant to West Linn, which began their program with our support in 2014. They wish to expand their strings offering so that more families can participate regardless of financial need. CFKF supported this growing program with a $2,000 matching gift.

Worcester, MA: Abby Kelley Foster Charter School is being supported with a matching grant for several new stringed instruments to help build this growing string program.

Zachary, LA: Zachary CSD String Orchestra: This middle school string program, serving an ethnically diverse population, wishes to build its inventory of double basses. CFKF has offered this growing program a matching grant for their request.