Capital Support

Capital Support page

Mortensen Hall at Rutgers University; The Presser Foundation has funded a suite of ten practice rooms within the building named “The Presser Foundation Practice Suite.”

Proposal Deadline:  February 1

Decision Notification: May 1

Introduction & Purpose

The Trustees of The Presser Foundation created the Capital Support Committee in 1998 to consider requests for grants of any size for support of a capital project that advances the cause of music education or otherwise supports music philanthropy.

Capital projects include the construction of new facilities; renovation, repair or expansion of existing facilities. It does not include grants to cover general operating expenses, equipment and musical instruments.


Non-profit, 501(c)(3) music performance, presenting or educational organizations that are located in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware or Maryland and are within a 100-mile radius of Philadelphia are eligible to apply. Grants will be made with preference to organizations having a music building previously supported by Theodore Presser, the Presser Foundation, or bearing the name “Presser”, regardless of location.

Multi-year requests will be considered.  The first grant distribution will be made when construction commences.


Proposals will be judged on:

  • the strengths and accomplishments of the applicant organization,
  • the relationship of the project to the applicant’s capabilities and to the needs of the 
  • the long term impact of the project on the applicant and the community,
  • the value and feasibility of the project.

Online Grant Management  

The Presser Foundation has implemented an online grant management system powered by Foundant.  The system allows for all prospective and current grantees to submit proposals and reports online.


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