Special Projects

Special Projects Page

A Performance By Astral Artists

Proposal Deadline:  October 15

Decision Notification:  January 1

Introduction & Purpose

The Trustees of The Presser Foundation created the Special Projects Committee in 1998 to consider requests for grants typically between $5,000 and $100,000 annually (grant contribution not to exceed 50% of Special Project’s budget) for one-time special projects in music. These grants are given to music organizations for non-capital projects outside the scope of normal operations, unique and first-time collaborations, anniversary or other milestone celebrations and efforts that the Trustees of the Foundation may encourage or initiate through a request for proposals to the field or to specific organizations.

Activities that are a regular part of an organization’s operation including annual festivals or other events, and/or larger than normal music productions or programming will not be considered for special project funding.


  • Non-profit, 501(c)(3) music performance, music presenting or music education organizations.
  • Pre-collegiate music education organizations include: after school music programs, community music schools, music preparatory divisions and youth instrumental and vocal programs.
  • The size and scope of the organization is considered when proposals are reviewed.
  • Organizations that are in Pennsylvania (including Harrisburg), New Jersey, Delaware or Maryland and are within a 75-mile radius of Philadelphia are eligible to apply.
  • Organizations in the New York and Baltimore metropolitan areas will not be considered for funding.

Multi-year requests will be considered and should be submitted for projects that are greater than a year in duration. Second grants for subsequent years of a project will not be considered.


Proposals will be judged on:

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

Online Grant Management  

The Presser Foundation uses 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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