Frequently Asked Questions

NAMM Foundation Program Grants

For the past several years, the NAMM Foundation has received hundreds of requests for Program Grants and is grateful for nonprofit organizations around the world who seek support to provide opportunities for people of all ages to learn and make music. The hundreds of requests received every year far surpass the Foundation’s budgetary resources for grants.

Staring in fall 2011, the NAMM Foundation will review and award Program Grant applications by invitation only; the application process is not open for general application for funding from the Foundation. Guidelines are provided for general information.

The Foundation has a back-log of organizations that it may consider for funding; however, for this next year, it will only fund programs that have either received grants every year – organizations that are considered “legacy grants” – or first year grants awarded last year that will likely receive an “exit” grant this coming year. Grants are only awarded, however, to organizations that meet stated project goals and demonstrate outcomes, regardless of their legacy or renewable status per submission of required interim and final reports. We discourage you from contacting Foundation staff to lobby to be considered for an invitation to apply. As stated, the hundreds of applications from previous years together with a network of NAMM members who work closely with national and community organizations help identify potential candidates for support.

If invited to apply, a project budget is required. A budget template will be provided as part of the complete application through the online process. The organization's most recent audited financial statement should also be included as an attachment with your online grant application.

Any and all supporting information that strengthens the
qualifications of the organization and its personnel to meet project
outcomes will strengthen your proposal and is welcome.

A program that is receiving support from another entity is a positive
indicator that it has already earned endorsement and support from
other funders. The opportunity to contribute to partial support of a
quality project allows NAMM Foundation to spread its grant making
funds to more organizations; an opportunity to partially fund a
program or project is encouraged.

A program that is receiving support from another entity is a positive indicator that it has already earned endorsement and support from other funders. The opportunity to contribute to partial support of a quality project allows NAMM Foundation to spread its grant making funds to more organizations; an opportunity to partially fund a program or project is encouraged.

Support is available for start-up projects; these are reviewed
relative to the ability of the program to provide services in a
realistic way. NAMM Foundation should not be considered to be
the only funder of a start-up program; multiple supporters should be
sought for start-up projects.

The NAMM Foundation is a 501©(3) non-profit organization and supports scientific research, philantrhopic and public service programs of the international music products industry.

There is not a set limit; projects are evaluated relative to the organization’s ability to meet an outlined need. During the past 3-4 years, the average program grant range has been $20,000 - $40,000. Grant award amounts also depend on the overall number of quality proposals received by the NAMM Foundation, and the availability of grant funds available per year, as determined by the NAMM Foundation Board of Directors. If invited to apply, we encourage you to request NAMM Foundation support for a reasonably low percentage of total project costs; total project costs should be shared with other funders and potential earned income.

The number of grants awarded is relative to the number of quality
proposals received and availability of grant funds.

The NAMM Foundation does not offer renewable nor multi-year grants; all current grantees must reapply annually for continuing support. Currently funded programs will be considered only if all requirements of the grant have been met. Funding will be awarded for one-year projects; narrative and financial reports will be due from funded programs on December 31 and July 31. If a new grant is awarded, first grant payment is made only upon completion of required reports.

Yes, this can be considered as a part of a program grant proposal;
however, this should represent a relatively small percentage of the
program budget, as should other equipment requests.

No. Nonprofit -based organizations seeking funds to supplement
established music education programs in schools may apply.
Programs that replace K-12 core curricular music education
programs are not eligible for funding. The Foundation does not
provide direct support to schools and school districts for core
academic music education programs. To keep music education
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This is determined by program capacity and the need that the
program and project seeks to address. The grant review process
will assess the program’s ability to meet stated goals as outlined in
the proposal.

A quality non-profit service agency and/or program generally
develops successfully with carefully managed and strategically
planned supporting and earned income. It is important to provide
information about the success of the submitting organization and
its ability to meet service needs and to attract other support and, if
applicable, earned income/fees for services. Evidence of careful
management and planning for sustainability can be achieved over
just a few years or decades, depending on the history of the
organization. The financial size of the organization matters less than
its ability to plan and manage for quality service and sustainability.

The online grant submission system allows for a set amount of characters per narrative section of the application (please check this as I believe the characters per section is variable). Font and margin size are determined by the online application system. Should you feel more space is needed, you are free to attach additional supporting documentation within the total file size allotted, which cannot exceed 10 megabytes for all attachments combined.

NAMM Foundation does not contribute to capital projects that include building or renovation, but rather offers program support, as outlined in the grant guidelines.

Award notification is made in the month of May in the year following application for programs which run on an annual cycle.

NAMM Foundation Program Grants: An interim narrative and budget report is due December 31; a final narrative and budget report is due July 31 of the following year. Report templates are distributed to grant recipient organizations at least 30 days before they are submitted via the online application system.

Statements or a submission of a strategic plan that outlines realistic growth for the organization based on sound current organization management (including control of annual financial management); organizations with cumulated deficits will not be funded. Submission of audited financial statements strongly encouraged

Historically, long-term nonprofit sustainability is achieved with a
realistic balance of earned and supporting income relative to the
service potential of the organization to meet stated need. The
ratio of earned to supporting income is also considered relative to
the earned income opportunity within the service target. Good
business and financial planning are the key to sustainability that
includes consideration for both earned and supporting income.

The Foundation does not offer private
consultation during the application process nor after grants have been
awarded. Support for grant seekers is available through the
Foundation Center,