OVERVIEW: The Fender Music Foundation provides support for music education programs nationally by providing resources and instruments for those in need and by advocating for the benefits of music education. Grants are awarded to schools, local music programs, and national music programs across the country.
IP TAKE: The Fender Music Foundation doesn't offer cash grants, but does offer a number of avenues of support for under-served communities in the way of in-kind gifts and musical instruction programs geared towards youth and schools.
PROFILE: The Fender Music Foundation extends their support to various schools, local and national music programs, and music therapy programs in the form of musical instruments, equipment, and instruction. Their currency of support is lightly used and slightly blemished instruments--predominantly acoustic, electric, and bass guitars, with some occasional woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments, as well as keyboards and microphones when available. DJ equipment and computers are not offered.
Organizations applying for support must be a 501(c)3 nonprofit and fit into one of four categories: In-school music class, after-school music program not run by the school, community music program, or music therapy program. Organizations must also have been functioning for at least one year, accept all comers, have very low fees or no fees at all, give instruction at least once a week for eight months out of the year, and be a program that plans to exist for the foreseeable future.
There are no application fees or deadlines, but if your organization is accepted, you are required to pay a $10-$30 shipping cost per item. You must also complete all steps in the grant application process within 24 hours to be considered. All told there are very few hoops to jump through for organizations who qualify. Take a look at the Foundation's FAQs for additional info and resources.