Presser Foundation Capital Support Grants

Presser Foundation

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Deadline: Feb 1, 2022

Grant amount: US $25,000 - US $125,000

Fields of work: Classical Music Symphony/Orchestra Chamber Music

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Capital Project

Location of project: Counties in Delaware: Kent County, New Castle County, Sussex County, Counties in Maryland: Caroline County, Cecil County Show all

Location of residency: Counties in Delaware: Kent County, New Castle County, Sussex County, Counties in Maryland: Caroline County, Cecil County Show all

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About the Presser Foundation

The Presser Foundation was formally established in 1939 under various deeds of trust of the late Theodore Presser. In the charter of incorporation, The Foundation’s purposes are set forth to promote primarily the cause of musical education and musical philanthropy as follows: to provide scholarships for promising students; to increase the value of music education by erecting suitable buildings; and to administer aid to worthy teachers of music in distress.

While The Foundation’s priorities have evolved over time, it has provided much needed funding to further the cause of music for over 75 years. It has been said that Theodore Presser wanted to give back to music what he had made from it. When he died in 1925, he left no children. He had been widowed twice, and the bulk of his fortune was left to The Foundation.

The small staff and Board of Trustees continue to oversee the work of The Foundation. The Foundation is fortunate to have had a founder who clearly stated the purpose which he desired to achieve. The Board of Trustees includes prominent local and national leaders in music. All Trustees share a passion for music and all are committed to carrying out the intentions of the benefactor.

Capital Support 

Introduction & Purpose

The Trustees of The Presser Foundation created the Capital Support Committee in 1998 to consider requests for grants typically between $25,000 and $125,000 annually to support a capital project of a music organization which provides a broad range of classical symphonic, chamber, choral and/or vocal music. 

Capital projects include the construction of new facilities and renovation, repair or expansion of existing facilities.


Proposals will be judged on:

  • the strengths and accomplishments of the applicant organization;
  • the relationship of the project to the applicant’s capabilities and to the needs of the community;
  • the long term impact of the project on the applicant and the community; and
  • the value and feasibility of the project.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Non-profit, 501(c)(3) music performance, music presenting or music education organizations.
  • Pre-collegiate music education organizations include: after school music programs, community music schools, music preparatory divisions and youth instrumental and vocal programs.
  • Organizations that are in Pennsylvania (including Harrisburg), New Jersey, Delaware or Maryland and are within a 75-mile radius of Philadelphia are eligible to apply.
  • Grants will be considered at the discretion of Trustees of the Foundation to organizations having a music building previously supported by Theodore Presser, The Presser Foundation, or bearing the name “Presser”, regardless of location. These “legacy” institutions are eligible to receive support for significant capital projects.
  • Multi-year requests will be considered. The first grant distribution will be made when construction commences.


  • The Presser Foundation does not support theater, commercial music theater, dance or other non-music focused venues.
  • Capital support does not include grants to cover general operating expenses, equipment and musical instruments.
  • Organizations in the New York and Baltimore metropolitan areas will not be considered for funding.


This page was last reviewed June 30, 2021 and last updated May 25, 2021