OVERVIEW: The Sprint Foundation’s music-related grants are typically awarded to smaller and local music organizations. The foundation does, on occasion, award grants to larger musical institutions.
IP TAKE: Grantseekers located outside of the Kansas City, Missouri area may have a bit more of a difficult time getting their hands on a grant. Sprint gives funding preference to groups located within the company’s hometown region.
PROFILE: The philanthropic arm of telecommunications giant Sprint, the Sprint Foundation, was established in 1989. It has since supported hundreds of nonprofit organizations each year. The awards music-related grants out of its arts and culture program.
Sprint awards most of its music grants to local productions and companies. Grants range from $1,000 to $10,000. Because its corporate sister is located in Overland Park, Kansas, the foundation prioritizes organizations located in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area. However, it occasionally awards grants to groups beyond this region.
It's latest tax filings reveal a tendency to fund local organizations; however, it still funds various organizations across the United States. For example, the Stamford Symphony Orchestra, located in Stamford, Connecticut, is a past grantee.
The Sprint Foundation accepts unsolicited grant proposals throughout the year via its online portal. The formal review process can take up to 90 days. Sprint does not make grants to individuals.
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