St. Croix Valley Foundation Announces Music Education Grants to Schools



The St. Croix Valley Foundation (SCVF) is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for our Music Education competitive grant program. Music Education grants support programs that enhance the quality of K-12 music programs for schools located in the St. Croix Valley.
The Music Education Valley Impact Fund of the St. Croix Valley Foundation was established by Nyda Swanson in 2002. The widow of Earl Swanson, former CEO of Andersen Corporation, wanted to forever support the cause closest to her heart – music. Therefore, the St. Croix Valley Foundation helped Nyda establish a special endowed fund that provides annual grants for music education. Through SCVF’s competitive grant process, the Music Education Valley Impact fund will grant to the most qualified organizations with the most effective programming – placing grant dollars in the most capable hands at the right time, in perpetuity.

Public and private schools located in Washington and Chisago counties in Minnesota and Burnett, Pierce, Polk and St. Croix Counties in Wisconsin are eligible to apply. The grants range from $500 to $5,000 and are evaluated based on innovation, need, impact, goals, and budget. This year, the SCVF plans to award an estimated $31,000 to music education programs throughout the Valley.

Kris Tjornehoj, chair of SCVF’s Music Education grant panel, remarked “Since 2003, the St. Croix Valley Foundation has offered a competitive grant program for Music Education. During that period 165 grants have been awarded totaling $412,000. Grants have provided dollars for instruments, sheet music, new compositions, clinicians, technology, and joint school concerts among others. Some requests are innovative and others are needed to replace aging instruments that can no longer be repaired. We want music teachers to request money for things that will strengthen or improve their programs. Receiving a SCVF Music Education Grant recognizes the commitment of that teacher and school to better their program. We have been told that these grants help inspire both teachers and students alike to achieve more.”
The online application form is available on the St. Croix Valley Foundation website: Proposals may be submitted from now until September 30, 2017 and awards will be announced in December.

The St. Croix Valley Foundation is a regional philanthropic organization that includes local affiliated funds dedicated to building lasting resources that serve the people, communities and environment of the St. Croix Valley region. For more information, please contact Angie Pilgrim at or 715.386.9490.

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