Current Grants

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

Alameda, CA: Bay Area Music Project:  This program serves kids K-8 in the Alameda area near Oakland with after-school music, academics and other activities.  They work with both an elementary school and a Title 1 feeder school; the student population is ethnically diverse. CFKF offered a grant of $1,000 in matching funds to support this inspiring model.

Albuquerque, NM: Tierra Adentro of New Mexico: This charter school serves kids grades 6-12 from around the Albuquerque area, including students from the Navaho and Pueblo reservations nearby. They have an active music program and need more guitars to provide needed instruments for their music program, which teaches flamenco and some popular Spanish music. We’ve offered matching support for 6 guitars.

Anaheim, CA: Anaheim, CA ESD: This elementary school district in urban Anaheim has an innovative program whereby students grades 4-6 rotate through different kinds of instruments. During this time, ukuleles are ideal instruments to work with during Covid; they also have violins and guitars. We’ve offered a matchinggrant of $1,500 to support this worthy program.

Batavia, OH: Clemont NE Community Schools:  These K-5 schools serve a rural area of Ohio; the area is large, with endemic pockets of rural poverty. Most of the students have never touched a stringed instrument. We have offered agrant of $850 in matching funds to support this rural and growing program’s need for ukuleles.

Bay Harbor, MI: Dorothy Gerber String Program: This string program serves kids K-12 in rural northern Michigan (some on Beaver Island are only reachable by air in the winter). They have a need for more instruments so that students unable to afford rentals or purchase can participate. We’ve offered $1,500 in matching funds to support this program serving kids in a rural area of the Midwest.

Bloomfield, KY Elementary School Music Program: This is a Title 1 school serving kids grades K-5 in a rural area of Kentucky. They are building a school-wide music program to supplement their academic program; they started the program with bucket drums. The kids responded enthusiastically and want more musical experiences. CFKF gave support for 20 ukeleles to support this worthy program.

Boston, MA: Boston Arts Academy: BAA is Boston’s only public arts high school; they have a growing program and need more inventory for both home use (during Covid) and to replace rental instruments. We’ve offered support for 6 instruments to support this important program serving the arts 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 Music Project: This large program serves kids pre-K through high school from around Boston; their Morning Music program serves kids pre-K through middle school, which is the focus of this grant. 6 years ago we gave a grant to Josiah Quincy Elementary; BMP now hosts programming at 4 elementary schools, and they are planning on programming at two more schools. They also provide a host of other skill-building activities, including composition and recording skills. CFKF has offered $2,000 in matching funds to support this very thorough and broad-based program.

Bronx, NY: Heilbrunn School of Music: This inner-city music school provides lessons and instruments to underserved kids grades K-12 in the South Bronx. They need more inventory in order to provide instruments for more kids, and to have instruments they can take home to practice. We’ve offered a grant of $2,000 in matching funds to support their instrumental needs.

Brooklyn, NY: Noel Pointer Foundation: We’ve given one grant to NPF; they offer music instruction in 22 schools across Brooklyn, and they have a great need for more instruments that students can practice at home with, particularly during Covid. CFKF’s offered a grant of $2,000 in matching funds to support this worthy and venerable program serving kids most at risk.

Brookville, IN: An Orchestrated Journey 4H: This is the first 4H program we’re supporting; they serve kids grades K-12 at their center in a rural area of eastern Indiana. They’ve adapted well to the pandemic with a combination of online and distanced in-person learning, and need more instruments for students to be able to learn in this hybrid environment. We’ve offered $533 in matching funds to support this program in a rural area of the Midwest.

Canton, GA: Madedonia Elementary School: This is a new program that aims to offer the musical experience to kids grades K-5 while avoiding issues around singing during Covid. They’re building a ukulele program, and we’ve offered $1,000 in matching funds to support them.

Cascade, ID: SD PTO: This small rural Title I school in western Idaho wishes to build a new string program for 3rd and 4th grade; this will continue later through 6th grade, with the goal of students being able to participate in an extracurricular area orchestra.  CFKF’s offered a grant of $2,000 in matching funds to support this program’s inventory needs in a rural area of Idaho.

Chicago, IL: Chicago Bulls College Prep Music Program: This private high school offers free tuition and rigorous academics in Chicago Near West Side,, one of Chicago’s most underserved areas. Their music program consists of orchestra and guitar, and has a strong need for more inventory; all of their instruments need to be shared, CFKF has offered matching support for 4 new instruments to help them build their inventory.

Chicago, IL: Peoples’ Music School:  We gave a grant here last year; they serve low-income families from around Chicago from nearly 50 zip codes. Their goal is to provide quality instruments to as many kids as possible in order to maximize their musical experience and keep them involved.  We’ve offered $1,500 in matching funds to again support this well-run and expansive program serving kids most at risk.

Cleveland, OH: Cleveland School of the Arts: This School serves kids grades 9-12; they have a strong need for more instruments for kids whose families cannot afford to rent them. Their student population comes mainly from around Cleveland; we’ve offered a grant of $2,000 in matching funds to encourage the growth of this program and its need for more instruments.

Cleveland, OH: Play It Forward Cleveland: This organization offers free instruction and instruments to kids around the area who have no access to either at their schools; they work in partnership with the Cleveland Orchestra and the City of Cleveland, among other orgs. They serve kids grades 6-12.  The student population comes from areas with high poverty and greatest need in Cleveland; they are getting CFKF support for 20 instruments.

Columbus, OH: Columbus MS Orchestra: This middle-school program in Columbus has insufficient inventory for their large program; students have to share instruments, and are unable to take them home to practice. We’ve offered $2,000 in matching funds to encourage this program’s growth.

Detroit, MI: Detroit Public Schools Foundation: This large public school system requested support for its orchestral program for kids grades 5-12; they have a strong need for more inventory as the program grows, as well as for replacement of aging and unplayable instruments. The system as a whole has made a substantial new commitment this year to music education, an exciting development after years of terminated music programs. This system’s student population comes from one of the highest poverty rates in the U.S.; they’ve been offered $2000 in matching funds to support this very encouraging new initiative.

Detroit, MI: Detroit Suzuki Academy of Music:  This program serves children pre-K through grade 12 with private and group lessons; emphasis is on family involvement.They need more inventory for families unable to afford instrument rentals. We’ve offered support for 4 violins.

Detroit, MI: Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts: This quickly growing new school serving students grades 9-10 in Detroit has inspired over 1/3 of the students to become involved in music; they need a new infusion of inventory to keep pace with demand. They’ve been offered $2000 in matching funds to encourage this growing initiative in an economically challenged area.

Dover, DE: Code Purple Kent County: This is a new program serving kids K-12 that is purposed to support the areas of Dover and Kent County. They presently only have small ensembles, and are planning their first orchestra in 2021. This is presently the only string program in the area. CFKF has offered $1,500 in matching funds to support this new program serving kids most at risk in Deleware.

Ft. Collins, CO: Off the Hook Arts: Off the Hook Arts is a recent private initiative aimed at creating musical opportunity for disadvantaged kids grades 1-5; they are expanding quickly at 2 locations in Ft. Collins with their Meadowlark program offering violin and guitar instruction. This is the only musical opportunity for underserved kids in the area; CFKF is offering $2000 in matching funds to continue encouraging this private program’s growth and the underserved kids they support.

Greenfield, IN: Central School Foundation: This program serves kids grades 7-12 around Hancock County; they need an influx of more instruments to provide them to students whose families can’t afford to own or rent them. CFKF is offering $1,000 in matching funds to support this program in a rural area of Indiana.

Hazelwood, MO: Blossom Wood Day School:  This school, located in a high-risk northern county of St. Louis, offers after-school and summer programming to kids ages 4-12. The student population is almost entirely African-American, the majority are single-parent families; they need more inventory to support families that can’t afford rentals. We’ve offered $2000 in matching funds to support this program in a socio-economically challenged area.

Henderson, KY: East Heights and Jefferson EMP:  Henderson is a rural community a fairly short drive from Evansville, Indiana. This program plans to offer ukulele instruction to kids grades K-5 to give them a hands-on experience of learning, music-reading and performing. This would be their first string program; they’ve mainly provided choral instruction. We’ve offered $760 in matching funds to support this rural program in an area we don’t have a lot of presence.

Henderson, NV: Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation: This program serves children from birth through age 22; last year they worked with 96 young people. They provide audible and tactile experience of various instruments through individual and group lessons. CFKF is offering $2,000 in matching funds to support this program to serve this worthy program in a state we don’t have a large presence in.

Hyattsville, MD: DeMatha Catholic HS:  This faith-based school serving students grades 9-12 wishes to expand their inventory of excellent quality new instruments to provide inclusion for families otherwise unable to participate along with providing incentive for recruitment. The school serves an ethnically diverse population of boys, and over 60% of the students in this program qualify for financial support. CFKF is providing $1496 in matching support for 6 beautiful new instruments.

Kansas City, MO: Heartland Chamber Music: This is our second grant offering to Heartland; they serve economically challenged kids in KC, and need support for more instruments for their first-year violin and cello students. The program serves kids grades K-5 from almost all Title I schools. CFKF is offering $1,500 in matching funds to support this vibrant program’s needs for more and better instruments.

Knoxville, TN: Boys and Girls Club of the Tennessee Valley: This Club works with kids grades K-12 through its Youth Arts initiative to provide them with access to the arts in four of its community settings, including low-income housing. We’re offering $1,850 in matching funds to support this worthy program serving kids most at risk in an area of Tennessee we have little presence in so far.

Lenoir City, TN: Intermediate School: This middle school has a need for more ukuleles to supplement their inventory; 50 students have to share 12 instruments. We’ve offered $950  in matching support for 20 ukeleles tosupport this program in rural Tennessee.

Lexington, MI: Camp Cavell: This is our 2nd grant to Camp Cavell; this is a summer program, and their desire is to provide a musical opportunity that’s a gateway to the music experience, while being affordable. The students come from around Southeast Michigan (including Detroit and a total of 35 cities and towns) we’ve offered $500 in matching funds to help them purchase 10 ukeleles and to continue encouraging their summer program’s growth and the underserved kids they support.

Los Angeles, CA: A Place Called Home: This was our second request from APCH; we gave them a grant last year. They serve kids grades 2-12 from around LA; they need more instruments to loan to students, particularly now when there’s no in-person teaching. CFKF has offered a grant of $2,000 in matching funds to support this program serving kids most at risk in LA.

Los Angeles: Friends of Gardner: This school offers ukulele instruction to kids grades 4-5; they need more inventory so that students can take instruments home to practice, and so they can build a ukulele ensemble. We’ve offered a matching grant of $1900 to support this worthy program and their building program.

Los Angeles, CA: Harmony Project: We supported this large urban program several years ago. This large program serves kids grades K-12 with year-round comprehensive music instruction. This program often offers the only musical opportunity in an area where cultural offerings are scant. The student population is multiethnic, and many families involved are below the poverty level, with 100% of the students in this program qualifying for the Federal free lunch program. We’ve offered $2,500 in matching funds to further support this great program and the kids they serve.

Miami, FL: Youth Enlightenment System Corp: This organization is building a full orchestra program and needs to expand its inventory of instruments to reach that goal.  They work with students ages 3-20, and have existing band and chorus programs. CFKF is offering $1,500 in matching funds to encourage the growth of this program.

Medford, MA: Tufts University: Tufts has created an outreach program for kids grades K-12, along with the goal of providing instruments to each student involved. CFKF has offered $2,000 in matching funds to encourage this program and the venerable institution that runs it.

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.

Miami, FL: Area Stage Co.: This musical theater company in Miami is creating a new program to teach ukulele and guitar for kids involved grades K-12, with the goal of having them perform musically as well as theatrically. We’re offering matching support for 25 ukeleles and guitars to encourage this innovative program.

Miami, FL: Guitars over Guns Organization:  This innovative organization offers after-school music programs to at-risk kids in Chicago and Miami; they’re currently looking at expansion to another major metropolitan area. A goal is to offer the musical experience to youth during a period of the day when most violence and crime happen in their neighborhoods. The population served is almost 100% African-American and Hispanic; 99% of the students in this program qualify for the Federal free lunch program. We’ve offered matching support for 16 guitars and ukuleles to this innovative and inspiring model for support of kids at risk.

Miami, FL: Hive Prep:  This Title I Charter school serves kids grades K-8; they have an active violin program and wish to both expand that program and include other instruments. The school’s demographic is almost completely African-American and Hispanic; most students live in poverty. CFKF is offering $2000 in matching funds to support this school’s work.

Milwaukee, WI: Milwaukee Public Schools: This is our second grant to MPS; they’re working on expanding equitable music instruction across the district, and this grant will support their effort to provide first-time access to music to three more schools serving kids grades K-8. We’ve offered grant of $2,000 in matching funds to continue support for this exciting large initiative.

Montgomery, AL: Black Seed Arts Academy: This arts school serving underprivileged kids grades K-12 needs to grow their inventory to allow their students more access to good instruments both at school and home. They come from various socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds, and the school employs a holistic approach to the musical and theater arts, immersing kids in culture. They requested support for 8 instruments at a cost of $5,815, and we’re offering $2,907 in matching funds to encourage this school’s vision and the kids they support in an area of the South we are working to expand our presence in.

New Orleans, LA: Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra: This orchestra has created a program called Music for Life for kids grades 3-8 in economically challenged areas of New Orleans. Their goal is to provide stringed instruments to one of their sites where kids currently have to share them. The majority of the families served are low-income; CFKF has offered $2000 in matching funds to encourage this growing program’s vision.

New York City, NY: Bloomingdale SOM:  This private music school serves kids grades 1-12 from Manhattan and other boroughs with strings education; they wish to expand their offerings to include more violas, cellos, and ukuleles for beginners. They offer beginning instruction, an intermediate orchestra, and chamber orchestra for more advanced students. We’ve offered a grant of $1500 in matching funds to support this private program’s growth.

New York City, NY: Third Street Music School Partners Program:  Third Street is the oldest community music school in America (125 years old); they offer music instruction and instruments to an ethnically diverse student population from PS 42 in NYC (they offer all of this and dance in 20+ high needs schools in this area). Covid has necessitated the need for many more instruments; CFKF has offered matching support to help build more inventory for worthy and venerable program.

NYC, NY: WHIN Community Music School:  This public charter school serves kids grades K-5 in the Washington Heights and Inwood areas of New York. They have a strong need for more instruments to both build inventory and to replace damaged instruments (their need has increased during the pandemic for instruments the kids can have at home). CFKF is offering $1,500 in matching funds to encourage this school and the at-risk kids they serve.

Oakland, CA: Oakland Youth Chorus:  This organization offers choral music and culturally relevant instrumental performance programming to several schools in a high-risk and economically challenged area around Oakland. We’ve offered $2000 in matching funds to support this innovative program’s new direction to help them purchase ukuleles to augment their kids’ musical experience.

Odessa, TX: Ector County ISD Education Foundation: This middle school string program needs an infusion of more new instruments to better allow access to the program from those unable to afford rental or purchase of instruments. CFKF is offering $1,500 in matching funds to support this established program serving kids most at risk in an area of Texas we haven’t had a presence in yet.

Paducah, KY: Concord Elementary School: This elementary Title I school wishes to begin a new program to provide ukulele instruction in the curriculum; the area has a strong string program in the middle and high schools that the students could participate in afterward. We’re offering $1,000 in matching funds to support this new program in Paducah.

Philadelphia, PA: Philadelphia Orchestra: This prestigious orchestra has created the School Ensemble Program serving kids grades K-3 and 5-8 in two different public schools serving several hundred kids. They provide orchestral training (by PSO teaching artists and musicians) as well as instruments; there’s a strong need for more inventory, as many students have to share them. These programs are located in West Philadelphia; CFKF has offered $5,000 in matching funds to further support this exciting young program and the kids they serve.

Philadelphia, PA: West Park Cultural Center: This small program in an underserved area of Philadelphia is starting a guitar program (first online during Covid, then in-person after) to provide musical experience and community connection.  Kids in this program and the area are drawn to the arts, and this would be their first playing opportunity. CFKF has offered $750 in matching funds to support this new direction.

Placerville, CA: El Dorado HS Music: This Title I high school is working on providing more access to music for their ethnically diverse student population. Placerville is a small former mining town in a very rural agricultural area. CFKF’s offered $450 in matching funds to help them build a ukulele class.

Plattsburgh, NY: Plattsburgh City SD: This string program serving kids grades 5-9 has an active orchestra program, but needs an infusion of new (and better) instruments in order to better serve the students and have age-appropriate sizes available. CFKF is offering $1,000 in matching funds to support this solid program in upstate New York.

Port Arthur, TX: Bob Hope String Program: This program serves a large area of southeast Texas; this request is for their charter middle school program. They have a strong need for more inventory to support the influx of students into middle school from the area. These schools are Title I. CFKF is offering $1,500 in matching funds to support this program and build our presence this area of Texas.

Portland, ME: Palaver Strings: This is our second grant offer to Palaver; they serve kids pre-K and 1st grade in the Portland area. The program is growing; this grant will help provide new instruments for beginners, and larger instruments for their advancing grade. CFKF has offered $1,000 in matching funds to support this building program.

Portland, OR: Bravo Youth Orchestra: This program serves kids grades pre-K-9 in one of the poorest areas of Portland, providing music instruction to over 600 students in 6 schools in the Roosevelt School District there; we’ve offered $2500 in matching funds to continue encouraging this program’s expansion.

Raleigh, NC: Community Music School: This school serves kids grades 3-12 from around Raleigh; they only work with students from economically disadvantages families. They’re building a sequential music program designed to bring music to kids as early in their development as possible. CFKF has offered a grant of $950 in matching funds to support their purchase of 20 ukeleles.

Rancho Mirage, CA: Steinway Society Riverside County: This organization provides musical experiences and instruments to schools all around the Coachella Valley in southern CA. This particular program is offering musical support for kids grades 3 and 4 including instruction and ukuleles. We’ve offered recommend $5320 in matching funds for many new ukuleles to encourage this program’s vision and all of the kids in the area they support.

Roselle, NJ: Roselle Board of Education:  This public school string orchestra program wishes to expand its offering to 7th and 8th grade kids, and to build more quality inventory so that more kids can participate. The program is in a highly urban area of Union County with high rates of gang membership and poverty. We’ve offered $2000 in matching funds to support this program’s ability to offer the musical experience.

Salinas, CA: El Sistema USA/Salinas Inc.:  This program in a largely agricultural area serves kids grades 1-12 in Salinas; they have a need for more new instruments to inspire continued participation, and to have sufficient inventory for new students this coming summer. We are offering $2,000 in matching funds to support this Sistema program in a new community in California.

San Antonio, TX: Classical Music Institute: This program serves kids grades 2-12 from around the Bexar County area of San Antonio; their goal with this grant is to provide greater access to instruments so that students can take them home to practice. We’ve offered matching support of $2,063 for 7 instruments.

Sandpoint, ID: Music Conservatory of Sandpoint:  This is our second grant to Sandpoint; they are building a lending Library of instruments for the kids in their Conservatory serving grades K-12. Students would take out instruments on loan, like a book from the library. This is the only organization in the area that offers music, working with the schools in an after-school setting. We have offered matching support for 6 instruments to support this interesting model for MCS.

Santa Fe, NM: Santa Fe Youth Symphony: This is the second grant we’ve offered to Santa Fe; we gave a grant there a few years ago. They have a strong need for more violins for their growing program. There are no other string programs in Santa Fe available for this age group. They serve kids grades K-5; we’ve offered $2,500 in matching funds to encourage this youth symphony program and the kids they support in an area we have little presence.

Sidney, ME: Snow Pond Center for the Arts: This longstanding organization in rural central Maine provides music instruction and instruments to kids from around the area; they’re starting a new program for students in Grade 3, with the eventual goal of building a full string orchestra program. CFKF has offered matching support of $1,479 for 6 violins to encourage this rural program.

St. Louis, MO: St. Frances Cabrini Academy: This school serves kids grades K-8; they have a general music class, but are starting a new string program to give the students a chance to learn an instrument and to create opportunities to bridge cultural divides and bring students together. They serve students from around South St. Louis; we’ve offered a grant of $2,000 in matching funds to support this interesting new program.

Stamford, CT: Intempo:  Intempo serves kids K-12 from around the Stamford area; they need access to more and better instruments to cover increasing demand for their services. They need 6 instruments, and we’ve offered a grant of $1,559 in matching funds to support this program serving kids and families in need.

Tucson, AZ: Arts for All Inc.:  This program serves kids K-12 from all around the Tucson area; for many, this is the only musical opportunity they have.  Arts for All wishes to expand its instrument instruction to include ukuleles; we’ve offered $450 in matching funds to support this program’ growth.

Tucson, AZ: Quest for Education and Arts: This private program offers string ensemble and orchestra training to students K-12 in southern Arizona. They wish to expand their ability to offer instruments for use by low-income students involved in the program. We’ve offered a grant of $2,000 in matching funds to support this program.

Veazie, ME: Veazie Community School:  This school serves kids pre-K through 8th grade; they wish to expand the number of students who can play ukulele or guitar. CFKF is offering $1,500 in matching funds to support this program in rural Maine.

Wadsworth, OH: Access the Arts: This new initiative to create a musical experience in the Medina County Juvenile Detention Center aims to provide a positive artistic experience for detained kids grades 6-12. Many of these youths are depressed and have little family support; the hope is to provide hope and joy through music. We’ve offered matching support of $2275 for 22 guitars and ukeleles to support this unique program and the challenged kids they serve.

West Valley City, UT: Monticello Academy:  This charter middle school has a comprehensive required music program including music appreciation; students in that class will play ukulele to learn to play and read music, perhaps enabling them to participate in other performance programs. CFKF is offering $1,425 in matching funds to support this program and its great model.

Williamsburg, VA: Providence Classical School: This school started a new string program last year for kids in 2nd grade; they’re building on this so that 3rd graders will have access to violins as well, with the hope to add viola soon. CFKF’s offering agrant of $1,500 in matching funds to encourage this growing program.

Wilmington, DE: The Music School of Delaware: This inspiring new initiative, supporting kids ages 2 and up, has been created to deliver El-Sistema-based learning to nearly 1,000 children in the Wilmington area. CFKF has offered matching support of $3,040 for 15 violins to encourage this program’s exciting beginnings; this is our first grant in Delaware.