Chapter Grants

CRO Grants (CRO = Chapters and Recorder Orchestras)
The members of the ARS Board of Directors invite you to consider ways which will make your chapter or recorder orchestra stronger, and allow it to provide better playing and educational opportunities for your members. In the Fall of 2018, it was decided to offer the grants to Recorder Orchestras as well as chapters. To help in the endeavor, the ARS has allocated funds for use by eligible groups.

Since September 1991, chapters needing help to increase their membership and enhance their programs have been invited to apply for $150-$500 per fiscal year. The funds must be used in the fiscal year in which the monies are awarded - note that the ARS fiscal year is Sept. 1 through Aug 31. (For example: a group applying in May of 2019 would be able to use the proceeds from September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2020).  Funds can be used for an in-person or virtual event.

The Chapters, Consorts, and Recorder Orchestras Committee awards these grants to CROs demonstrating the greatest need and/or best use of the grant. Where competition for funds exists, the ARS will give preference to CROs that plan to use grant proceeds for membership-development purposes.

ARS CRO Grants are available only to chapters or recorder orchestras having at least 10 ARS members.

Grant applications are due each year on May 15 for projects starting at any time after September 1.

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Download Chapter/Recorder Orchestra Grant Application & Guidelines form:  PDF    Word

Diversity & Inclusion Grant 
Any individual, chapter, recorder orchestra, or consort may apply. ARS Membership is a requirement. Partner Workshops and Businesses are also eligible. Join here:

Requests for grants that might fall under the scope of the Diversity & Inclusion Grant include, but are not limited to:
  • Funding for a program involving recorder instruction for students from backgrounds historically underrepresented in the recorder field;
  • Funding for a program designed to increase diversity among recorder music audiences;
  • Funding to chapters, consorts, or orchestras for diversity training among its membership;
  • Funding for technology designed to increase and diversify access to recorder instruction, playing opportunities, or performances;
  • Funding for programs designed to enable recorder enthusiasts from underrepresented backgrounds to feel welcome and included in local chapter or orchestra activities.
Your application will be reviewed by the ARS Diversity & Inclusion Grants Committee.

Deadline: Applications are accepted from May 1 – June 15 every year (for funds to be used during the 12 months following approval of grant). 

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