Instrument Grants of up to $25K
Over 214 community organizations supported
What: The MusiCounts TD Community Music Program provides musical instruments and equipment to community centres, after-school programs and other community non-profit organizations. MusiCounts supports both new and existing music programs. Community organizations who need instruments to ensure their music program’s sustained growth are encouraged to apply, as are community organizations who hope to begin offering a music program with MusiCounts’ help. The MusiCounts TD Community Music Program is offered in allotments up to $25,000 to deserving programs who are in need of MusiCounts’ support.
Who Can Apply: The MusiCounts TD Community Music Program is open to non-profit organizations that operate outside of Provincial Departments of Education. Non-profit and/or registered charitable organizations with pre-existing or new music programs are eligible for consideration. The community music program must be youth-oriented.
When: The application period takes place in early to mid spring. Please note that applications to the MusiCounts TD Community Music Program are now closed.
How: Please review all information and criteria below, then fill out an online application through our submissions portal below during the designated application period.
Information On This Page
- Application Process & Timelines
- Materials & Information You Need To Apply
- Sample Application
- Eligibility Criteria
- Evaluation Criteria
- Frequently Asked Questions
Applications Now Closed
Materials & Information You Need To Apply
1. Information on your community organization
- Broadly: What are your organization’s overall goals and missions?
- What aspect of your organization is requesting support from MusiCounts, and why?
- If there is currently a music program: what does this look like?
- If you are hoping to start a new program: what will this look like, and what is your plan to successfully implement this?
2. Inventory of current musical instruments and equipment
- What instruments does your program already have, and what condition are the instruments in?
3. Musical instrument and equipment wishlist
- What instruments and equipment do you hope to acquire via the MusiCounts TD Community Music Program?
- This must include estimated costs for each instruments and piece of equipment you hope to acquire.
4. Additional information, including:
- The participant community your program serves. For example, does your music program serve any in-need, at-risk or marginalized communities?
- Do your program’s participants face any barriers to accessing music education? Or any other barriers that your program helps to remove?
- What impact will receiving new instruments from the MusiCounts TD Community Music Program have on your organization, both in the short term and in the years to come?
- A calendar timetable for the execution of your music program
- How will you measure the success of the program?
- How do you plan to publicize this program in your community?
5. Supporting information:
Each application may include up to 3 supporting documents, each of which may not exceed 2 pages. You should only include these as supplemental information to your application; the key details should be in your application form. Supporting documents may include letters from community members, program participants, parents, or program staff. This may also include photos, news articles, or other key information that you think would adjudication committee should see.
6. Financial Information:
- Budget for the program
- The other funding sources that support this program (top 5)
- Your organization’s tax number (or registered charitable number, if applicable)
- Last available audited financial statement (if applicable)
7. A list of your organization's board members
The MusiCounts TD Community Music Program is open to non-profit organizations that operate outside of Provincial Departments of Education. Non-profit and/or registered charitable organizations with pre-existing or new music programs are eligible for consideration. The community music program should be comprised of children and youth participants (individuals 25 or younger).
The following organizations are not eligible to receive support from the MusiCounts TD Community Music Program:
- School music programs - if you are a school music program, please consider applying for the MusiCounts Band Aid Program
- Programs outside of Canada
- Programs that have received funding through the MusiCounts TD Community Music Program in the last 5 years
- Private foundations
- Political Organizations
- Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, ability, or sexual orientation
- Organizations that are not open to members of the general public
- Research organizations or projects
- Fundraising events
MusiCounts TD Community Music Program Impact Numbers
There are many factors considered when we evaluate MusiCounts TD Community Music Program applications. Each program is unique, but below are the main criteria used to evaluate applications:
- Need level: does your application successfully articulate the reasons why these new instruments are necessary to the success of your music program?
- Community served: does your music program engage with youth that are somehow socioeconomically disadvantaged or underserved?
- Program framework: does your application show that you have a well-thought-out plan in place to successfully utilize the instruments and equipment that you’re requesting?
- Impact potential: does your application effectively communicate the ways in which recieving a MusiCounts TD Community Music Program grant will be meaningful, impactful and transformative to the organization and its participants?