Current Grants

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

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.

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.

Baton Rouge, LA Kids’ Orchestra: This is our 3rd request for support from this well-run string program for at-risk kids grades K-5 in Baton Rouge.  Each new instrument they receive allows one more child to participate in the program; their growth is limited by their inventory of instruments. CFKF has offered  $3,000 in matching funds to further encourage the growth of this program.

Boston MA Boston Bridge Academy: This charter school serving kids pre-K through 6th grade has a program where every child starts on a string instrument in 1st grade; the program’s growing and they needed an infusion of larger instruments. CFKF offered a matching grant from our Boston String Project fund to encourage this program’s growth.

Boston, MA Josiah Quincy Orchestra: this program provides string instruction to several schools in the Boston area (Dorchester, South End, Chinatown etc.) for kids pre-K through 7th grade that would otherwise have no string program to attend. These students have had to rent instruments, and this grant will provide instruments to students otherwise unable to afford them. We have offered $5,000 in matching funds to further encourage the growth of this program from our Boston String Project restricted account.

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.

Conway SC Academy of Hope Charter School: This is a public charter school serving kids grades 3-8 in an area of high poverty. Their goal is to provide a free instrument to each child involved in music, and this grant will go toward that goal. We’ve offered $2,500 in matching funds to further encourage the growth of this program for underserved kids.

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.

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.

Flint MI Carman-Ainsworth Middle School: This is our third request from Flint; they have a quickly growing program in a very hard-hit area economically. They are adding a 5th grade program to an existing program for grades 6-8. CFKF has given $4,000 in matching funds to encourage this program’s growth.

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.

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.

Jacksonville FL Cathedral Arts Project: This is an after-school program for underserved kids in the Jacksonville area grades 3-5. There’s a strong need to replace its aging inventory of violins and to enhance their quality. The student population is mainly Hispanic and African-American; CFKF has offered a matching grant to further encourage the growth of this after-school program.

Lammersville, CA Mountain House High School: This ethnically diverse high school serving students grades 10-12 in California’s rural Central Valley seeks to increase accessibility to their program through a larger inventory of new instruments. CFKF has offered $3,000 in matching support to encourage this growing program, and allow disadvantaged students there the opportunity to participate.

Lancaster, OH Fairfield County Strings: This program, which was created due to the lack of any string program in the public schools in this largely rural area, serves kids K-12. They come from 7-10 different schools in the area to learn strings. CFKF has offered matching funds for this growing program as part of our support for rural initiatives.

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.

Lexington, MI Camp Cavell Conservatory: This new program seeks to give at-risk children from the Detroit and Pontiac area a musical experience in a summer camp setting. We have offered support for 10 ukeleles for this innovative new program.

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.

Louisville, KY West End School: This school serves kids grades pre-K through 8th grade in the economically challenged west side of Louisville. This grant will allow the string program to grow from violins only to a full string program. CFKF has offered matching support for 14 instruments from our Hilger reserve fund to encourage this growing 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 our second grant request from this district; the program is growing rapidly, and they wish to start new string programs in 3 elementary schools serving kids grade 4 there. We have offered $4,000 in matching support to encourage this growing and very committed program for at-risk kids there.

Manassas, VA MAPS: This is our second grant to MAPS; they are a faith-based school serving a diverse population of kids ages 5-14.  CFKF has offered a second-round grant to encourage this well-run program.

Manassas VA Parkside Middle School: This suburban middle school west of DC wants to ensure access to instruments for students otherwise unable to participate. The student population is diverse, and CFKF offered matching support for 20 violins to support their need.

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.

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.

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.

New Haven, CT Music Haven:  This excellent program serves students most in need around New Haven. This is our second grant to Music Haven; we have offered a matching grant of $1370 for new instruments to encourage this innovative and growing program.

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.

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.

Oak Park, Il Chicago West Side Community Center: This organization is building upon an existing orchestra for a very diverse population, and needs instruments to be able to start including younger students. CFKF has offered support for 5 new instruments to support this program in a challenging economic environment.

Phoenix AZ Sounds Academy: This program offers chamber music instruction for kids K-12 from throughout the metro Phoenix area.  They serve Title 1 schools and economically challenged neighborhoods; we’ve offered a matching grant to encourage this innovative program offering the chamber music experience in Arizona.

Portland, OR Metropolitan Youth Symphony: This organization’s Project Prelude is building new programs in 3 elementary schools serving grades 4-5 in the Beaverton area. They bring in experienced young volunteers to teach beginning strings in these schools, which have no strings offerings through the public schools. CFKF has offered matching support for 20 new violins to encourage this well-run and innovative program in a state we are growing our presence in.

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.

Seattle WA Friends of Garfield Orchestra: This is the 3rd grant request we’ve had from this program; it’s grown steadily in the meantime, and they have a strong need for cellos and violins. Most of the students involved that they are working to support can’t afford instruments; CFKF has offered a matching grant to allow this important access to quality instruments.

St. Louis MO Classical Guitar Society: This is our second grant request from this organization serving kids grades 4-6 with guitar instruction; the number of schools participating since our last grant has grown from 7 to 12 schools. They work in the economically and socially challenged community of Fergusen. We’ve given this innovative organization matching funds from our Deon Hilger reserve fund to encourage the growth of this well-run program.

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.

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.

Tucson AZ Hollinger K-8 Music Program: This program has an active string program for kids grades 6-8, and they wish to extend this program to grades 3-5. CFKF has supported this expansion with a matching grant for new instruments.

Tulsa, OK Harmony Project: This organization fills a crucial gap in string education in Tulsa; they provide string instruction to several schools serving kids elementary through high school that would otherwise have no string program. They are one of several Harmony Projects nationally (we’ve served LA and NYC so far). CFKF has offered a matching grant for many new instruments from our Hilger restricted account to encourage this well-run and innovative program in Oklahoma.

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.

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.

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.

Wethersfield, CT PS: This public school serving kids grades 4-6 is growing very rapidly, and they have a strong need for more new instruments; they have scholarships for rental instruments, but need instruments to be available to those particularly in need who can’t afford rentals. CFKF has offered $3,000 in matching support for 18 new instruments.