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Take Note Colorado (TNC) Grant Program

Grants to Colorado Individuals and Organizations
for Youth Music Education Programs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

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Take Note Colorado (TNC)

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

10/18/21 4:00 PM


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Colorado individuals and organizations for youth music education programs in eligible locations. Funding is intended to increase access to musical instruction for children in grades K-12, especially in underserved and rural communities. Programs may take place throughout the state, except in the city and county of Denver.

The Take Note Colorado grant program is a responsive, competitive opportunity for individuals and organizations statewide to offer highly inclusive, culturally relevant, and student-centered music instruction. 

Strong applications will:

  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of a population that lacks access to music and the economic, social, racial, geographic or other reasons for this lack of access;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to creating student-centered programs wherein student voices and perspectives are central to the proposed work;
  • Identify a specific challenge and opportunity to advance equity in music education;
  • Propose to fill a specific gap with highly innovative, inclusive and culturally relevant programming that can be shown, in the application, to be responsive to student needs and interests;
  • Demonstrate staff and organizational experience in providing instruments and instruction to diverse communities in impactful ways;
  • Include an evaluation plan to understand whether or not the project succeeded in increasing access (Who was impacted by the program and how do you know?);
  • Involve staff and partners who can connect with and relate to students served;
  • Emphasize ongoing, active music making and other experiential approaches to music instruction;
  • Conduct programming impactfully online or by following current public health guidelines for in-person activities;
  • Provide a detailed budget that includes other funding sources or plans to secure other funding.

Proposals may also have strong community partnerships, plans for sustainability beyond Take Note funding, and responsible and realistic budgeting

Support Types:

  • Funds should cover access to instruments and instruction to students, including music making technology and fees for providing instruction.
  • Overhead, including transportation costs, to deliver the program must be essential to the program and not incidental operational costs or overall organizational costs.

Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, applicants must address how programs will be executed to follow state and local public health guidelines.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 195401

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $10,000

Term of Contract:

Funds may be requested for activities happening within 12 months of the grant open date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Individuals, nonprofits, and music instruction businesses that serve or can serve students throughout Colorado, except Denver City and County, are eligible to apply.

Applicant Eligibility:
- Teaching artists, nonprofit music providers, library districts, municipalities or quasi-governmental entities, creative districts, and music businesses are eligible to apply.
- Schools (private and public) and school districts are ineligible. Representatives from schools and school districts with ideas on how to deliver equitable and innovative music instruction should contact Take Note directly.

Applications will not be considered for:
- General operating support for normal business activities.
- Professional development or training that does not result directly in instruction to students.
- Instruments without instruction.
- Activities that enhance music instruction for students who already receive it, unless the enhancements specifically expand participation to groups who lack access.
- Performance fees or tickets to music performances not tied to a program that expands access.
- Private lessons.
- Non-music equipment.

Pre-proposal Conference:

There will be a Q&A session at 2:00pm on October 5 via Zoom.


Pre-Application Information:

Applications for Round 2 of the 2021 Grant Program will be accepted starting Monday, September 27, 2021 and the submission application deadline is 4:00 pm, Monday, October 18, 2021.

Notification of grant awards will be completed in late November and funds will be distributed in December, 2021.

To help you submit your grant, please see this Grant Workshop video as a resource:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Colorado: Statewide, excluding Denver City and County

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