Community Giving

Eckblad Williams Community Fund Grant - Spring

Online Application Open: February 14th, 2022
Deadline: April 15, 2022

Brief Description

The Eckblad Williams Community Fund (EWCF) accepts funding applications for projects that enrich options for students in ISD 742 orchestra programs, without supplanting existing funds. Projects that provide learning opportunities for those who might not otherwise have them are strongly encouraged. The following projects may be considered for grant proposals but we encourage teachers and groups to consider other ideas.

Project Examples:

  • Travel scholarships for students in orchestra classes to hear professional level musicians.
  • Grants for professional development for string teachers. Funding may include registration, meals, accommodations, and transportation.
  • Supplemental funds for repair of ISD 742 owned or donated instruments.
  • Grants for individual students to attend summer camps and institutes or to take summer lessons.
  • Purchase of additional music for special concerts, events, and performances, beyond the usual budgeted amount.
  • Payment of artists, such as string quartets and guest artists, to perform for orchestra classes.
  • Payment for the hiring of soloists, harpists, or accompanists for special events and concerts.
  • Payment for instrumentalists to support and mentor students in pit orchestras.
  • Funding for field trips for school orchestras to perform at nursing homes, festivals, workshops, or other events.
  • Student scholarships for private study for a limited period of time such as 6-8 weeks.
  • Funding Restrictions:

  • EWCF funding is intended to supplement or enhance, not replace other sources of funds.
  • EWCF will not fund requests for facility improvements, although requests for equipment procurements and repair will be considered.
  • Grants will only be paid to Nonprofit 501 C-3 organizations.
  • Grant funding levels will be $100-$900.
  • Funding Cycles:

  • Spring cycle application deadline: April 15. Funding decisions will be made in late April.

  • All applications must be submitted in person or by mail to:

    Eckblad Williams Community Fund
    c/o Central Minnesota Community Foundation
    101 7th Avenue South Suite #100
    Saint Cloud, MN 56301

    Applications can be found here -Eckblad Williams Community Fund Grant