Current Grants

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

Albany, NY High School Strings Program: This public school program serving kids grades 9-12 is growing, and needs more quality inventory to support that growth. Much of their inventory is of lower quality and condition. We’ve offered $3,000 in matching funds to encourage this growing program and help them build a stronger inventory.

Atlanta, GA” Mt. Vernon Presbyterian School: This school serves kids grades 8-12; the program is growing, and they’re starting a new 4th and 5th grade program. They wish to expand their inventory to support students and families unable to afford rental fees for instruments. The student population is ethnically mixed,. CFKF is offering $2,710 in matching funds in support of 13 instruments to encourage this program’s vision.

Baltimore, MD Mt. Washington School: This large public school system is starting a new string program to build on other existing music offerings there for kids grades 5-7. The student population is ethnically diverse, and we have offered $3,500 in matching funds to encourage the creation and growth of this exciting new program.

Bayfield, CO: Be Heard Music Conservatory: This program serves elementary schools in the mostly rural area of Bayfield and Durango for kids grades 1-5. The student population is predominantly Caucasian with a small Native American presence. The program continues to grow, and there’s a strong need for more inventory to meet that growth. We offered  $2,500 in matching funds to encourage this program’s growth in a rural area of Colorado.

Boston, MA: Boston Arts Academy: This program serves students grades 9-12 as the only visual and performing arts school in Boston; their ensembles perform all over Boston, and an audition is required for admittance. They have a strong need for more new instruments to augment their aging inventory. We’ve offered matching support for 5 instruments with 1,975 to help this unique school in Boston.

Boston, MA: Boston Bridge Charter School: This is the second grant we’ve offered to Boston Bridge; this charter school’s students are accepted through a lottery system, and the student population is almost entirely students of color. We’ve offered $3,000 in matching funds to encourage this program’s growth and help them grow a sustainable inventory of new instruments.

Boston, MA: Boston String Academy: This program serves a broad community of minority and immigrant families around Boston; their goal with this grant is to establish a solid string program in Allston, MA at their partner Gardner Pilot Academy. CFKF has offered matching support for 12 violins to encourage this program’s growth from our Boston String Project fund.

Bozeman, MT Public Schools: This is our first request from Bozeman in some time; the orchestral program there continues to thrive. This school, Chief Joseph Middle School, has no cellos available for use in their building, and CFKF has offered $1,391 in matching funds to encourage this program’s growth in the town of CFKF’s origin.

Buffalo, NY: Buffalo String Works: This is an inspirational program that serves the refugee and immigrant community in Buffalo with music training. These kids come from such countries as Somalia, Eritrea, Afghanistan, Iraq and Burma. Their students go to several of the area public schools; we’ve offered $1,486 in matching funds to encourage this growing program’s exciting vision with 4 new instruments.

Buffalo, NY: Olmsted School Foundation: This program supports a thriving and quickly growing string program serving kids K—12. The city of Buffalo has a poverty rate of nearly 50% for children, and 64% of the students in this program qualify for the Federal free lunch program, CFKF has offered $3,000 in matching funds to encourage this program’s growth.

Chicago, IL: Chicago West Community Center: This community center serves students pre-K through adult in an area of Chicago plagued by poverty and crime. We gave a grant there several years ago, and the program continues to grow and need more inventory. CFKF is offering $3,316 in matching funds to encourage this Center’s ability to provide the musical experience to kids in a challenging environment.

Conyers, GA: Bread of Life Development Ministries:  This is a new program hoping to bring the musical experience to children grades K-5 in a small Georgia community. They requested support for several new instruments, and CFKF has offered $2,000 in matching funds to encourage this program’s growth in a rural area in the Georgia where we have little presence.

Eagle Mountain, UT: Rockwell Charter HS: This is an open enrollment Charter School in a rural area of Utah; the program currently has no inventory of instruments, so this grant would help establish one in order to help encourage students unable to afford or rent one to be able to participate. They need support for 12 instruments, and we’ve offered $2,258 in matching funds.

Flint, MI: Ballet Folklore: This community program utilizes Mariachi, taught by classically trained musicians, to inspire kids through culturally relevant music. They work with 80 students grades 2-12, and are limited in growth by their small inventory. The population there is predominantly Hispanic. We’ve offered $1,000 in matching funds to support this growing program and help them revitalize that inventory.

Greenfield, IN: Public School Foundation: This small community near Indianapolis has a growing middle school string program with a need for more instruments for families unable to afford to buy or rent them, as well as a need to augment a very small inventory. CFKF has offered $2,000 in matching funds to encourage this program’s instrumental needs in a fairly rural area.

Greenville, SC: Legacy Early College Middle School: This growing program serves kids grades 5-8 in an area with significant poverty. They are requesting a new infusion of instruments to meet their growth and reduce rental costs for instruments. (we gave our first grant there in 2017). 100% of the students in this program qualify for the Federal free lunch program. We’ve offered $3,046 in matching funds to encourage this program’s growth for a program serving particularly disadvantaged kids.

Indianapolis, IN: Pride Academy: This is our second grant from this program serving kids grades K-6; they are continuing to grow and need more violins. There is not an orchestral program, but the students learn the violin and reading music through group lessons. We’ve offered a grant of $1,500 in matching funds to encourage this program’s further growth.

Kansas City MO Heartland Chamber Music:  This active and growing program serving low-income families and children ages pre-K-5th grade has a large program for violin and viola and wishes to add cello to their offerings. We’ve offered $3,000 in matching funds to expand their instrumental offerings and encourage this growing program’s vision..

Little Rock, AR: Wildwood Academy of Music and the Arts: This summer program serves students grades K-12 serving 6 counties near Little Rock, but has attendees from as far away as Iowa and Texas. The student population is diverse; they had no instruments and had been borrowing them from other school districts. We’ve offered $3,000 in matching funds to further encourage the growth of this interesting and quickly growing program, our first in Arkansas.

Los Angeles, CA: A Place Called Home: This organization serves low-income families and kids grades 2-12 with string ensemble programs; at this point they are offering violin instruction and wish to expand to include other stringed instruments. The student population is predominantly Latino. CFKF has offered $3,000 in matching funds to encourage this program’s growth.

Memphis, TN: Redwood Training Group: This organization, serving kids K-12, wishes to expand its music theory program with more instruments. They only have keyboard and percussion at the moment and wish to add guitars to help students with comprehension and support better outcomes for math and English. We’ve offered $1,000 in matching funds to encourage this program’s innovative approach and build an inventory of new guitars.

Mesa, AZ: Heritage Academy Mesa: This program operates an orchestra for kids grades 7-12; they need more cellos and basses to continue to grow and expand lower strings participation. We’ve offered $1,660 in matching funds to encourage this program’s growth in an area we have little presence.

Milwaukee, WI Public Schools: This large district is quite committed to improving the quality of its growing string program and their inventory. CFKF has offered support for 11 beautiful new instruments with a $4,085 matching grant.

New York City, NY: Opportunity Music Project:  This organization delivers a strings experience to students from all around NYC; they have a strong need to strengthen their inventory of basses to a growing class.  We’ve offered matching funds to encourage this program’s growth.

New Orleans, LA: Walter Plessy School: This innovative arts-integrated school in the French Quarter of New Orleans serves a diverse low-income population of students grades 2-7 with an active a growing string program. They have a strong need for an inventory of instruments (they’ve been renting for the past 5 years) and to provide free use of quality instruments; CFKF is offering $3,500 in matching funds to encourage this exciting program’s growth.

Newark, NJ: Gray Charter School: This multi-ethnic charter school’s plan is to have all students grades 1-8 playing the violin, with one goal being their performing alongside members of the New Jersey Symphony. The school operates in a high poverty area of Newark; CFKF has offered $3,000 in matching funds to encourage this program’s considerable expansion.

Oklahoma City, OK: El Sistema Oklahoma: This large program serves kids grades 3-10 at 11 schools in the northern part of Oklahoma City. They have a strong need for more new inventory for their growing student population. CFKF’s offered $2,500 in matching funds to encourage this program’s growth; this will be our second Oklahoma grant.

Omaha, NE: Omaha Conservatory of Music:  This program currently offers free instruction to string students grades 3-8 in underserved areas around Omaha; they’d like to start a double bass offering as well for their String Sprouts program, which operates in 14 different locations. The student population is multi-ethnic; CFKF has offered $3,000 in matching funds to encourage this active and innovative program’s growth; this will be our first grant in Nebraska.

Palmer, AK: Birchtree Charter School: This is our second grant for this growing string program serving grades 4-8 in the general vicinity of Anchorage. Strings are a core curriculum class; they wish to expand their inventory particularly of lower instruments (viola, cello, bass) so that students unable to rent or buy have access. CFKF has offered a grant of $1,500 in matching funds to encourage this program’s growth.

Peoria, AZ: Centennial HS Instrumental Music: This is a new program in the Phoenix metro area that wishes to provide string instruction for students grades 9-12 (they have an active feeder program for earlier grades; our grant will support the creation of a high school program). We’ve offered $1,854 in matching funds for 4 new instruments to encourage this new program’s expansion.

Portland, ME: Palaver Strings: up until now, this group has been performance-based, but they’re starting a strings instruction program to expand their mission. They’re serving kids ages 4-6, and the student population is ethnically mixed with a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds. This grant will constitute their initial inventory of instruments., and we’re offering $4,000 in matching funds to encourage this innovative new program’s beginning.

Rapid City, SD: Chamber Music Festival of the Black Hills: This program, which has traditionally supported high-level chamber music performance throughout western South Dakota, wishes to expand its mission by providing instruments and instruction to children grades 3-5, in particular Native American students in need of instruments and instruction.  The hope is to reduce truancy rates and support better academic performance. The student population being supported is 71% Native American; We’ve offered $3,500 in matching funds to encourage this new program’s vision for our first grant in South Dakota.

San Jose, CA: School of Arts and Culture at MHP: This school serves students ages Pre-K through grade 12 in a very low-income area with considerable crime and poverty around East San Jose, helping them achieve developmental and educational milestones through music study.  The focus is on the Mariachi culture and musical traditions. The population is predominantly Hispanic, and 80% of the students in this program qualify for the Federal free lunch program. They are requesting support for 6 violins, and CFKF’s offered $1,306 in matching funds to encourage this program’s growth.

San Marcos, CA: Kids’ College: This is our third grant request from this quickly growing and innovative program (they are projecting growth from 75-125 kids this year) serving kids grades 4-6. This organization is the only source of string education there, and 85% of the children qualify for the Federal free lunch program. They requested support for 14 instruments, and we continue our support for this great program’s growth with a $2,500 match.

Santa Fe, CA: Youth Symphony Assoc.: This organization offers training for kids grades K-5 from around Santa Fe.; they serve an age group that doesn’t have offerings for strings instruction there.  The student population is ethnically mixed, and 71% of the students in the general area qualify for the Federal free lunch program. CFKF’s offered $2,500 in matching funds to encourage this well-run program’s growth.

Savannah, GA: Savannah Classical Academy: This school serving students K-12 has a goal of providing a classical education including the arts; the students for this school are chosen by city-wide lottery. They have an active string program and need more stringed instruments to serve the kids there. The student population is predominantly African-American. They requested support for 20 instruments, and we’ve offered support for this program’s growth with a $3,000 match in a state we haven’t had a presence in yet.

Springfield, MA: Community Music School: This school serves a very low-income and disadvantaged area with a large and inclusive music program; they offer string education to students from around the area ages 7-18. We gave a grant there several years ago, and they’ve grown substantially. The program is large (830 participants), and they have a great need for more inventory (many students have to share instruments). We’re offering $3,000 in matching funds to encourage this program’s expansion.

St. Cloud, MN: Talahi Community School: This elementary school is requesting support for growth of their string program. The school (recognized for its STEM program), serves many different ethnicities, including a large East African immigrant community. Most students can’t afford to own or rent instruments; 96% of the children qualify for the Federal free lunch program. They requested support for 4 instruments, and CFKF has offered $994 in matching funds to further encourage the growth of this program in a state we have a growing presence in.

St. Louis, MO Classical Guitar: This is our second grant to this organization; they serve kids grades 4-12 in 15 schools around the economically and socially challenged area of Ferguson. The program has grown substantially since our last grant, and they have a strong need for more guitars to meet that growth. CFKF has offered $2,700 in matching funds to encourage this program’s growth and their purchase of 24 new guitars.

Stockton, CA: Colonial Heights School: This public-school string program serves kids grades 4-8; they have a need for more inventory so that families unable to afford rental costs can participate in strings. We’ve offered $1,500 in matching funds to encourage this program’s growth.

Tacoma, WA: Tacoma Public Schools: This system is offering a new course in violin instruction for 4th graders as part of their standard curriculum at Franklin Elementary School. We’ve offered $2,500 in matching funds to encourage this program’s growth with more beautiful new violins.

Wilson, NC: Save Our Youth Program: This is a new string program being offered though the elementary schools in Wilson; they want to build a program that supports better outcomes for academics as well. We’ve offered $1,423 in matching funds to encourage this new program’s vision and help them purchase 9 new stringed instruments.

Winston-Salem, NC: IBF Solutions: This is a new program that provides after-school initiatives for blind and vision-impaired kids grades 4-11. They wish to build a starter inventory to help these students explore music. At this point, 11 students are involved from schools around the area. We’ve offered $952 in matching funds to encourage this innovative program’s ability to provide the musical experience to these kids and to purchase 2 violins and 2 guitars.

Worcester, MA: Support Our Fine Arts (SOFA):  This is a Magnet program designed to serve the Worcester Public Schools; they have a strong need for more and better instruments to serve their students grades 7-12 unable to rent or buy instruments. We’re offering $1,473 in matching funds to encourage this program’s growth.