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Expanding Our Reach

Classics for Kids Foundation (CFKF) has embarked on an initiative aimed toward expanding its matching stringed instrument grant program to string programs in all 50 states during 2017. CFKF has to date given grants to string programs in 43 states around America; CFKF Also wishes to expand its presence in states where it has few only a modest presence.

CFKF’s’ matching grant program has been developed to support string programs in their efforts to acquire high quality new stringed instruments for their students. CFKF offers up to a 50% match for grant projects approved by its Board.  CFKF’s primary mission focus is supporting at-risk or disadvantaged youth, and rural programs in smaller communities. Applicant organizations must have nonprofit status or a nonprofit umbrella organization. CFKF considers grant requests quarterly.

Interested string programs are welcome to learn more about CFKF, and to submit a grant request through CFKF’s  website: www.classicsforkids.org. Applicants may also contact CFKF’s Executive Director Michael Reynolds at info@classicsforkids.org with questions about CFKF’s matching stringed instrument grant program.

 

States not yet served

  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • Nebraska
  • Oklahoma
  • Arkansas
  • Georgia
  • West Virginia

States with only one grant site

  • Idaho
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • Iowa
  • Mississippi
  • South Carolina
  • Vermont

2017 1st Quarter Grants

We gave over $32,000 in matching grants the 1st quarter of 2017.

Cayce, SC Busbee Creative Arts Academy: This Academy, as part of the Lexington SC School District, is creating a new string program to build on an existing band and chorus program for children in middle school. CFKF gave $4,000 in matching support for 13 new instruments.

Charlotte, NC Charlotte Lab School: This public charter school serving students grades 3-6 is creating a new string program to serve as the beginning of a full music program. CFKF gave a $2,000 matching grant to this exciting new initiative.

Cobleskill/Richmondville, NY CSD: This rural area middle school’s string program is growing steadily, and they have a strong need to replace and augment their inventory of cellos to meet the rising demand. They have received a $1,200 matching grant for 4 new cellos.

Davenport, FL School for the Arts:  This program is located in rural Davenport, substantially a bedroom community for those serving the Orlando theme parks. Their middle school orchestra program needs another sturdy cello which CFKF supported with a matching grant.

Framingham, MA PAC: This is our second grant to this well-run program for kids grades 1-4 serving the underserved and ethnically diverse (a large Brazilian population lives there) community of Framingham, MA. The program is expanding, and they are partnering with the Boys and Girls Club of Metrowest to serve the students involved; Framingham’s public schools do not currently offer strings education. CFKF gave a matching grant of $2,862 to support and encourage this very worthy program’s continued growth.

Greenville, SC Legacy Charter School: This is our second grant to this well-run program for kids grades 4-12 supporting the underserved, ethnically diverse, and economically challenged families in Greenville. The program’s growth is limited by high instrument rental costs, so CFKF is offering $4,000 in support for 15 new instruments.

Lancaster, PA Music for Everyone: This is our second grant to this innovative and far-reaching program for kids grades K-12 serving the 16 school districts in Lancaster County. The program is expanding rapidly, hence a strong need for more and better instruments. Lancaster City has the largest refugee population in America, and the student population is predominantly minority. CFKF has offered $2,500 in matching support for new instruments.

New Market, VA Shenendoah Valley Academy: This relatively small string program in the town of New Market (population around 2,500) serves an international population of students; they perform actively locally and regionally. The program’s growth is challenged by inadequate inventory, and they have received support for 4 beautiful new instruments.

New Rochelle, NY Songcatchers: This program, which supports a predominantly Hispanic and economically challenged population in this community just north of the Bronx, operates in a church basement and delivers instruction to students K-8. CFKF has offered $3,200 in matching support to help them rebuild their inventory.

St. Paul, MN Central Music Boosters Club: This public school high school orchestra program is in need of more and new stringed instruments to support their diverse student population. This grant will also allow some students to leave larger personal instruments at home to protect them from Minnesota winter weather. CFKF has offered this program a $3,135 matching grant to support their growth.

Ventura, CA New West Symphony Harmony Project: This is our second grant to this large and quickly growing program for kids in the Ventura area. This program needed a new infusion of instruments to support students as they grow. The population served is predominantly Hispanic, and many come from very difficult socioeconomic situations. They have received $2,500 in matching support for 10 beautiful new instruments from a generous gift by CFKF supporter Deon Hilger.

Wake Forest, NC Community Youth Orchestra: This small community about 15 miles from Raleigh has no public school string programs; this youth orchestra fills that void for students K-12 in the area. The student population is predominantly minority; CFKF has offered them a $1,500 matching grant to encourage this important initiative.

Wasilla, AK High School: This is a fairly new high school string program located in a rural area of Alaska; the program’s growth is being restrained by lack of access to instruments, and many students have been turned away as a result of both this and their inability to afford their own instruments. The student population is quite diverse, with Native Alaskans, Russian, African-American and many other ethnic groups. CFKF has offered $3,000 in  matching support for 8 new  instruments.

2016 4th Quarter Grants

The following grants were awarded in the forth quarter of 2016.  Congratulations to the following programs!  

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.

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.

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.

NYC, 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.

Manassas MAPS recital

Recently students from the Manassas Adventist Preparatory School appeared in a recital.  They performed original works composed for them by their teacher Gerson Hortua including a solo for each of them and a quartet with piano.  Two of the three students play on instruments the school received from the Classics for Kids Foundation.

Their teacher speaks highly of the quality and sound of the grant instruments.  “You can tell that they were made by someone who knew what he was doing, they stay in tune longer and sound better than the instruments that some other students rent from a local store.”  MAPS is hoping to build their strings program with an acquisition of more instruments in the near future.

2016 Third Quarter Grants

The following grants were awarded in the third quarter of 2016.  Congratulations to the following programs!

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Oahu, HI: The Salvation Army 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.

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.

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.

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.

In Concert — The blue violin!

Youth Orchestra of St. Luke’s students perform (on their Classics for Kids Instruments!) at a recent mainstage free school concert.
Youth Orchestra of St. Luke’s students perform (on their Classics for Kids Instruments!) at a recent mainstage free school concert.
Youth Orchestra of St. Luke’s students perform (on their Classics for Kids Instruments!) at a recent mainstage free school concert.
Youth Orchestra of St. Luke’s students perform (on their Classics for Kids Instruments!) at a recent mainstage free school concert.