How can I get funding for a WindStars program?


My school doesn't have money for new programs. Are there other places to look for funding for a WindStars program?

We understand, it can be tough to get funding for a new program. Start by talking with your school administration or department chair. If there is no money currently available through the district, keep asking! In the meantime, there are grants and crowdsourcing platforms to help you fund your projects now.


Title IV Federal Funding: 

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) includes an opportunity for school districts to apply for funds to meet the mandate of ESSA—that all public-school K-12 students have access to a well-rounded education. Music and arts are designated as “well-rounded subjects” within ESSA.

Overview information about Title IV: 

Easy to Understand Infographic:

NAfME Recorded Webinars about Title IV:



This is a federal database to search and apply for grants. This is great if you have time to look through what is available. Make sure you use keywords to narrow down the search!




DonorsChoose is a United States based nonprofit organization that allows teachers working in public schools to request specific items they would like for their classroom. Friends, families and strangers can donate money towards funding your project. 


Mockingbird Foundation:

MFI is particularly interested in projects that encourage and foster creative expression in any musical form (including composition, instrumentation, vocalization, or improvisation), but also recognizes broader and more basic needs within conventional instruction. MFI encourages applications associated with diverse or unusual musical styles, genres, forms, and philosophies.



While not very specific, we have spoken with many teachers who have received grants through grocery or department stores. Visit corporate websites or look for local information boards. Ask your town/city officials or research through local social media channels. There may be opportunities that you just need to ask about!  Below is one current example we found.


Kinder Morgan Foundation:

An organization is eligible to apply if it is located within 30 miles of the following areas of Kinder Morgan’s operations: Birmingham, AL 35209, Phoenix, AZ 85044, Tucson, AZ 85711, Concord, CA 94520, Carson, CA 90810, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, Lakewood, CO 80228, Tampa, FL 33619, Alpharetta, GA 30005, Downers Grove, IL 60515, Chicago, IL 60633, Shreveport, LA 71106, Port Sulphur, LA 70083, Harvey, LA 70058, Williston, ND 58801, Port Newark, NJ 07114, Tulsa, OK 74137, Midland, TX 79705, Pasadena, TX 77503, Houston, TX 77002, El Paso, TX 79904, Norfolk, VA 23523.


Did you successfully receive a grant to fund your music project?

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