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Grants available for teaching music

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The St. Croix Valley Community Foundation has announced the availability of $30,000 in grants to enhance music education in the region's public and private schools.

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Each year, the foundation awards grants to enhance the music education experience for K-12 students in the St. Croix Valley including Washington and Chisago counties in Minnesota and Pierce, Polk and St. Croix counties in Wisconsin.

The Music Education Fund at the foundation was created by an anonymous donor with a love for music. Following the donor's wishes, the foundation will fund proposals that supplement, but do not replace, a school's music budget. Equal weight will be given to all grades from kindergarten through high school.

A committee of reviewers will evaluate the proposals considering their potential impact on students, innovation and creativity, budget clarity and potential long-range benefits. Applicants may apply for materials such as sheet music and instruments; guest artists and instructors; community outreach performances and inter-school cooperative programs. The committee will consider other ideas as well. Funds are not available for scholarships, uniforms or staff salaries.

Most grants will fall in a range of $500 to $5,000. Proposals are due Monday, Oct. 6. To apply, call the foundation at (715) 386-9490 or visit www.scvcf.org/grant_guidelines_music_education.htm for grant guidelines and application form.

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