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Purpose of the Grants Program

The grants program of Choral Arts Foundation (CAFUV) supports our mission to enhance choral music in the Upper Valley of New Hampshire and Vermont.

Who is eligible: The Foundation welcomes applications from organizations for funding choral arts-related projects that benefit the Upper Valley.

What we fund: We favor proposals that broaden the choral community in the Upper Valley, improve established choral programs, increase youth participation in choruses, and address underserved communities. Past successful proposals include requests for guest performers’ fees, commissions for new music, artists-in-residence, festivals, workshops, vocal coaching, musicianship, and seed money for related travel, among others. Please look through the listings of past grant recipients below.

What we do not fund: Generally, we do not consider applications for purchase or repair of capital equipment, advertising, promotional costs, or for any part of an organization’s normal operating budget.

Range of Awards: Grants typically range from $250 to $1,000. In general, a grant must be used within a year of receipt.

Dates and Deadlines: Grant applications are considered twice a year. Applications must be received by January 15 for approval by March 1, or June 15 for approval by August 1.

Requirements: All recipients must acknowledge the Foundation’s support in printed programs and all other promotional materials. If funds granted are not used for the purpose specified in the award letter, they must be returned to the foundation.

Application assistance: If you are not sure whether your project is eligible, please contact CAFUVgrants@gmail.com. If you need any assistance in preparing your application, a member of the CAFUV board will be happy to consult with you.

Past Recipients
August, 2017

Thetford Chamber Singers, Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Thetford Chamber Singers with commissioned works from Vermont compowers Kathy Wonson Eddy and Roger Grow

Kearsarge Chorale, A performance of Handel’s Messiah under the auspices of the chorale’s new Artistic Director Dr. Donald R. Cox

Winter 2017

Springfield Community Chorus, A celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Springfield Community Chorus and world premier of “When Music Sounds” by Zeke Hecker, and a collaboration with the Bennington Choral Society on the 4th movement of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony

Summer 2016

Handel Society, Scholarships for student member to participate in the tour of the Baltics

Winter 2016

Kearsarge Chorale, A celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the birth of legendary American choral conductor Robert Shaw

Winter 2015

Handel Society, Educational outreach performance of “Anneliese” with local schools.

Winter 2014

Valley Chords received funding to support a singing festival for young women.

Ensemble Zephyrus received funding for a concert to introduce music by local composers and benefit the Vermont Independent School of the Arts.

Kearsarge Chorale received funding for a concert featuring new music composed by their director.

Summer 2013

The Springfield (Vermont) Community Chorus received funding to support two performances of Mozart’s Requiem Mass with soloists and orchestra.

Winter 2013

The North Country Chordsmen received funding to support efforts to encourage young men to sing.

The Kearsarge Chorale received funding to help underwrite a Benjamin Britten Centennial concert.

Summer 2012

The Kearsarge Chorale received funding to present Messiah, Parts II and III by George Frideric Handel to the community in a free concert, accompanied by soloists and 16-piece chamber orchestra.

Winter 2012

The Lyme (NH) Congregational Church choir received funding to host its third church choir festival, part of a year-long celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Meeting House.

Cantabile received funding to hire a flutist to join in a performance that highlights women’s choral music and the musical versatility of the ensemble.

The Kearsarge Chorale received funding for a free concert in tribute to the choral history of St. Olaf College, in recognition of the 100th anniversary of this premier, pioneering American choir.

Summer 2011

The Springfield (Vt.) Community Chorus received support for their December 2011 performances of the Vivaldi Gloria. The two concerts, which were free of charge and open to the public,were held December 3 at 7 p.m. in the Chester (Vt.) First Baptist Church, and December 4 at 3 p.m. at the Springfield (Vt.) First Congregational Church.

The Evergreen Singers, a group that provides music for patients and families in life’s transitions, received funding to provide a workshop for the singers to strengthen their understanding of music directing for rehearsals and large group settings, music leading in homes and at bedsides, and effective roles for singers as they provide music for patients nearing the end of life and their families.

The Woodstock Area Jewish Community and the Congregation Shir Shalom received funding to hire soloists for a sing-along performance of George Frederick Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus as a community outreach program for all singers and Handel lovers in the Upper Valley. The performance was held Saturday December 17, 5:00 p.m.

Winter 2011

The Lyme (N.H.) Congregational Church received funding to host a church choir festival on March 6, 2011.

Hanover (N.H.) High School Music Department received funding for a commissioned choral piece from composer Travis Ramsey; the composition will be premiered on March 14 and 15, 2011.

The United Church of Strafford (Vt.) received funding for a Strafford Community Chorus performance of Schubert’s Mass in G on September 11, 2011.

Stevens High School (Claremont, N.H.) received funding to underwrite the cost of tickets for choral students to attend a professional performance of “Grease” on May 1, 2011.

Summer 2010

Bel Canto Chamber Singers (West Lebanon, N.H.) received support for hiring instrumentalists for a performance of J. S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor in April, 2011.

Kearsarge Chorale (New London, N.H.) received support in hiring soloists and instrumentalists for a performance of Bach’s St. John Passion to be performed on April 17, 2011.

Randolph Singers(Randolph, Vt.) received support in hiring instrumentalists and soloists for a performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria on December 5, 2010.

Sounding Joy (Randolph, Vt.) received support in hiring instrumentalists for a concert to be performed on January 8 and 9, 2011.

Winter 2010

Newport Middle High School (Newport, NH) – support for a professional vocal coach to offer a workshop for NMHS chorus classes. This project will not only improve students’ vocal techniques but also help the choral director learn to improve her own practices.

Ray Elementary School (Hanover, NH) – support for a Native American flute player to perform with the 4th grade chorus during their spring concert to complement and enrich 4th graders’ study of Native American cultures.

Valley Chords (Lebanon, NH) – support for a professional vocal coach from the Sweet Adeline International organization for a day of vocal coaching for area women who would like to improve their vocal skills in the context of an introduction to barbershop singing.


Hartland Community Arts and Hartland Community Chorus (Hartland, VT) – support for a choral/vocal workshop in September 2009

The Feminine Tone (Perkinsville, VT) –  support for hiring a Vermont Symphony Orchestra string quartet for April 25 and 26 concerts.

The Thetford Chamber Singers (Thetford, VT) – support for the expenses of May 2 and 3 concerts

ProMusica Vermont (Woodstock, VT) – support for the expenses of an April 10 concert.


Cantabile (Upper Valley) – support a series of concerts featuring Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater

Upper Valley Music Center (Lebanon, NH) – underwrite the cost of organizing the UVMC choral library as part of a regional lending library

United Church of Strafford (Strafford, VT)  — support a community performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria


Upper Valley Music Center (Lebanon, NH) – support 10th Anniversary Concert of the UVMC Youth Chorus

North Country Chordsmen (Lebanon, NH) – support sending young men to the 2007 Harmony Explosion Camp


Sounding Joy! (Randolph, VT) –  support community performances, with Northsong of Newport, of Mozart’s Requiem

Bach Study Group (Hanover, NH) – purchase music for J.S. Bach’s Coffee Cantata; music to be donated to Upper Valley Music Center when no longer needed.


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