2015 Second Quarter Grants

Many grants awarded in the second quarter!

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

Bloomington, IN: Habitat4Kids: This new program aims to support underserved kids with strings instruction for kindergartners. It was created by renowned violinist and conductor Joseph Swenson and will be taught by graduate students at Indiana University. CFKF is giving support for many new instruments for this innovative new program.

Brooklyn, NY: Noel Pointer Foundation: This organization provides music instruction and support to music programs around NYC; their program is building an inventory of high-quality instruments for their more advanced students in the Saturday Strings program. The great majority of students are African-American and Hispanic. We are giving them support for 10 new violins.

Burlington, NC: Williams HSO: This school has an active string program serving a diverse population in a Title I school; CFKF is supporting their need for several new instruments.

Charlotte, NC: Piedmont Middle School: This middle school program serves an ethnically diverse population; they receive very little support for instrument acquisition, and students typically have to share instruments. CFKF has offered grant support for 2 violas and 1 bass for this program.

Chicago, IL: Chicago West Community Music Center: This program is one of the few in this geographic area that supports music in a very challenging environment. They wish to begin a community orchestra with strings, and our support for 6 cellos will allow access to strings for those otherwise unable to participate.

East St. Louis, IL: Sister Thea Bowman Catholic School: This program serves children ages 5-14 in one of the most impoverished areas in the U.S. Students there are involved in a curriculum aimed at helping them break the cycle of poverty; 98% of the families involved are eligible for the Federal Free Lunch program. CFKF has offered support for their purchase of 15 violins.

Hawthorne, CA: Arts Alive: This program, in one of the most economically challenged areas of Los Angeles, CA, is growing quickly and wishes to expand accessibility to an after-schools string program. They are beginning a new string ensemble this coming fall, while providing access to violins otherwise inaccessible to the families there. We supported their request for 14 violins.

Larkspur, CA: Enriching Lives Through Music (ELM): This quickly growing string program, serving Title I schools located in the Canal area of San Rafael, needed an influx of new instruments to keep pace with demand and allow access to families there to strings programs. CFKF has offered support for a varied package of new instruments.

Madera, CA: This Title I school, Monroe Elementary, in the most impoverished area of Madera, has a goal of starting a string program with our support for instruments. 100% of the 4th and 5th grade students there qualify for the Federal Free Lunch program. We are supporting this exciting new program’s need for many new instruments.

New York City, NY: Harmony Program: This large program provides strings instruction to kids grades 3-6 in the Washington Heights and Flatbush areas of NYC. 87% of the students qualify for the Federal Free Lunch program. The goal of this grant is to expand offerings in an area that has very little strings instruction opportunity otherwise. CFKF is supporting this organization with a matching grant for many new instruments.

Robertsdale, AL: Robertsdale Elementary: This new program, serving an ethnically mixed population of students grades 4-6, is creating a new string program in this economically impoverished area. 70% of the students there qualify for the Federal Free Lunch program. CFKF has offered support for their purchase of 20 violins.

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.

Santa Barbara, CA: Harding University Partnership Elementary School: This program offers strings instruction to students grades 4-6 in an economically challenged area of Santa Barbara; 63% qualify for the Federal Free Lunch program. CFKF supported their need for a new cello for their program.

Santa Rosa, CA: Symphony Simply Strings: This afterschool program, run by the Santa Rosa Symphony, is introducing El Sistema-based strings to kids grades 2-4 in the Roseland area, which has a very high poverty rate This program integrates music with other mentorship and healthy snacks. They are receiving support for 21 new violins.