Music Education

The St. Croix Valley Foundation is honored to announce the recipients of our most recent competitive grant program.  This fall, the St. Croix Valley Foundation awarded $33,589.30 to 19 schools in Wisconsin and Minnesota through its Music Education grants program.

Music Education grants are given annually, each December.  They are made possible by a donor whose gift established an endowment fund.  The donor, herself once a music teacher, wished to give the gift of music to students of all ages, from pre-school through high school.

School Name

Project Title

Grant Award


Siren School District

Siren Full Band Project



North Branch Area Middle School

Baritone Saxophone, Bass Clarinet, and Wind Chime Grant



Greenwood Elementary

Native Pride Dancers and workshop



Meyer Middle School

Meyer Middle School Band Commissioned Composer Connection



St. Francis School

Folk Tale and Orff Band Instruments



Rocky Branch Elementary School

Opera for the Young performance for Rocky Branch Elementary School



River Falls High School

Christmas in the Valley



Osceola Middle School

Marching Snares for Osceola Middle School



Luck Public School

World Drumming



Frederic Elementary School

Sonor Global Beat Metallophones



Osceola Elementary School

Keyboards for All Kids



Somerset Elementary School

Classroom Piano


St. Croix

St. Croix Central Elementary School

A Season for Bells


St. Croix

New Richmond High Shcool

VOCES8 Concert


St. Croix

Pullman Elementary

Makin' Music Nashville Style



St. Peter's Catholic School

Music Program Expansion



River Grove Elementary

Start-up Supplies for New Music Program



Salem Lutheran

Dollars For Drums



Armstrong Elementary School

Beads on One String: Music Connects Us All






An anonymous donor established an endowed field of interest fund to enhance the quality of music education programs in area schools.


Public and private schools’ located in Washington and Chisago counties in Minnesota and Burnett, Pierce, Polk, and St. Croix Counties in Wisconsin are eligible. Nonprofit arts organizations cannot apply for a music education grant but can work with a school to apply. Applicants must have no outstanding final reports due to the SCVF.

Grant Range

Grants can range from $500 to $5,000. Proposals may be awarded partial funding.

Eligible Expenses

Grants must be used within one year from the date of the award. Grants can fund materials such as sheet music, instruments, and other items; guest artists and instructors; community outreach; concerts; composition; inter- or intra-school collaborations; and other expenses that contribute to music education. Funds may supplement, but not replace, schools’ music education budgets. Funds may not be used for scholarships for individuals, uniforms, staff salaries, or expenses already incurred by the applicant. Preference is given to hands-on vocal or musical activities over technological innovations.

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