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Grammy Foundation Accepting Letters of Inquiry for Grants in Music Research and Preservation Projects

Deadline: October 1, 2014 (Letters of Inquiry)

Grant award:  Up to $20,000


Funded by the Recording Academy, the Grammy Foundation‘s annual grant program provides support for music archiving and preservation efforts and scientific research projects related to the impact of music on the human condition. The research projects grant program awards funding of up to $20,000 to organizations and individuals working to research the impact of music on the human condition. Examples include the study of the effects of music on mood, cognition, and healing; the medical and occupational well-being of music professionals; and the creative process underlying music. Priority will be given to projects with strong methodological design as well those designed to address an important research question. The archiving and preservation projects grant program awards grants to organizations and individuals in support of efforts that advance the archiving and preservation of the music and recorded sound heritage of the Americas. The archiving and preservation area has two funding categories — preservation implementation (grants of up to $20,000) and planning, assessment and/or consultation (grants of up to $5,000).



Implementation Grants (Grant: Museums, Libraries and Cultural Organizations)
Agency: National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) (Public Programs)
Deadline: August 13, 2014, for projects beginning April 2015.

Updated guidelines will be posted at least two months in advance of the deadline.

Museums, Libraries and Cultural Organizations (formerly America’s Historical and Cultural Organizations) grants provide support for museums, libraries, historic places and other organizations that produce public programs in the humanities.

Grants support the following formats: Exhibitions at museums, libraries and other venues; Interpretations of historic places, sites or regions; Book/film discussion programs, living history presentations, and other face-to-face programs at libraries, community centers and other public venues; Interpretive websites and other digital formats.


NEH offers three types of Museums, Libraries and Cultural Organizations awards: Planning Grants, Implementation Grants and Chairman’s Special Award.


The Division of Public Programs encourages projects that examine connections between the humanities and science and technology. The humanities offer significant insight into scientific discovery, scientific thinking and the historical, cultural and ethical implications of various technologies. Projects might provide the historical and social contexts for scientific developments to illuminate how science is produced and scientific information is consumed. Alternatively, projects might analyze how technological innovation helps reshape cultures and understandings of our place in the world. Projects might also discuss the ethical and political implications of scientific and technological developments. Proposals must demonstrate sound humanities and science scholarship. Projects must involve collaboration between the project team and advisers drawn from the humanities and the sciences.

Eligibility: Any U.S. nonprofit organization with IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status is eligible as are state and local governmental agencies. Eligible institutions include but are not limited to public, school, academic and research libraries; museums; disciplinary and professional associations; cultural institutions; state humanities councils and institutions of higher learning. Individuals are not eligible to apply.


Anticipated funding amount: Planning awards range from $40,000 to $75,000, depending on the complexity of the project and are usually made for a period of 12 months. Basic planning grants of up to $40,000 are available for projects that include collaboration with scholars to refine humanities content, undertake archival research and conduct preliminary object research. Awards of up to $75,000 are available for the development of unusually ambitious or multifaceted exhibitions, the creation of prototypes for digital media projects and for more complex projects with the potential to reach exceptionally wide audiences. Implementation awards are usually made for a period of 12 to 36 months and typically do not exceed $400,000. Awards of up to $1,000,000 are available for Chairman’s Special Award projects that have unusual significance and promise to reach exceptionally wide audiences.

Although cost sharing is not required, NEH is rarely able to support the full costs of projects approved for funding. In most cases, NEH grants cover no more than 50-60 percent of project costs.


NEH will be releasing the guidelines two months prior.  For planning purposes, they suggest reviewing last year’s guidelines.



Surdna Foundation – Thriving Cultures Program

Deadline:  Open

Grant Award:  Depends on Project


The program supports projects that successfully connect teens to artistically rigorous and culturally relevant programs that equip them with practical skills. Grants will not support individuals; in-school arts programs; recruitment efforts at specialized public arts high schools, arts-focused charter schools, and community music schools; or one-time projects.




Fender Music Foundation

Deadline: Open

Grant Award:  up to eight (8) instruments


The Fender Music Foundation awards instruments and equipment to eligible music instruction programs. These items are lightly used, blemished, or otherwise imperfect and have been collected from manufacturers and retailers. The organization is currently awarding acoustic guitars, electric guitars, acoustic-electric guitars, bass guitars, and the equipment necessary to play these instruments.


 For more information contact:

Sheila D. Lambert

Chief, Grant Management

Department of Administration/Budget Division

State of Nevada

209 E. Musser Street, Room 205

Carson City, Nevada 89701-4298

Phone:  (775) 684-5676

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