AHS Grant Funded Programs

Past AHS Grant Recipients  

American Harp Society, Inc.
Grants Program

Revised 12/27/16

Initially conceived in 2010 as a five year project, the success of the AHS Grants Program has resulted in annual extensions by the Board of Directors. As of fall 2016, 115 projects have been funded totaling almost $120,000. Grant recipients are individuals or other non-profit organizations that have affiliations and common goals with the Society.

The American Harp Society, Inc. welcomes grant applications for projects that will further the mission statement of the Society. Please review the grant guidelines and submit your application for consideration. The AHS is excited to be able to offer a grants program and we encourage you to be creative in promoting the harp! 

A complete listing and description of past grant recipients is accessible here.


Grant guidelines

  • Grant requests must meet the goals of the mission statement of the American Harp Society.
  • In addition to being members of the American Harp Society, Inc., for the current 2016-2017 membership year, grant applicants must have also been members of the AHS, Inc., for the past three consecutive membership years (2013-2014 through 2015-2016).
  • Both new and ongoing programs will be considered.
  • Grants must be submitted by either of two yearly deadlines: October 15, 2016, or March 15, 2017. Notification of awards will be received by November 15, 2016 and April 15, 2017, respectively. Grants received after the October deadline will be considered in the second period. No applications will be considered after March 15, 2017.
  • Grant applications requesting funding for past events, operating expenses, commercial recordings, and/or to purchase equipment or harps will not be considered.
  • Grants may be awarded annually to Not-for-Profits and/or Chapters of the American Harp Society, and/or individuals affiliated with chapters of the American Harp Society. Each individual or chapter may submit only one application per fiscal year. Current members of the AHS Board of Directors and Grant Committee are not eligible to apply.
  • Grants must be submitted electronically. (See below.)
  • The American Harp Society, Inc. must be recognized as a sponsor in any publicity for the recipient event.
  • Any unused portion of the grant funds must be returned to the AHS upon completion of the project.

Submitting an Application

Please complete the online application, and send the requested supporting materials to GrantApplication@harpsociety.org.  The following information will be required on the application:

  • Applicant name (Chapter, Not-For-Profit, or individual member)
  • Contact person/Principal Investigator (first & last name, title, phone, email)
  • Project name
  • Project narrative (brief summary indicating how you plan to use the grant funds requested)
  • Proposed budget
  • Timeline for completion of the project
  • Description of the anticipated impact of the project

Upon receipt of a grant request, the grant committee will review it and submit a recommendation to the Board/Executive Committee for approval.

Requirements after receiving the grant

  • Grant recipients must email reports on the progress of the project at six month intervals OR AS REQUESTED, as well as a final report upon completion to GrantApplication@harpsociety.org.
  • A written final report documenting the outcome of the grant and its impact must be digital in format.
  • Grant recipients are encouraged to include additional supporting digital documentation such as photos, links to video or audio recording files from performances, letters or video from scholarship recipients, etc. with the final report.
  • A PDF score of commissioned works funded by the AHS Grant program must be submitted with the final report.
  • Grant recipients are responsible for any insurance requirements and agree to indemnify and hold harmless the American Harp Society, Inc.
  • Grant recipients agree to comply with all federal, state, and local laws.
  • Grant recipients must comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards as it relates to persons with disabilities.
  • Grant recipients may not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, ancestry or national origin, handicap, sexual orientation, marital status, or gender in any programs or activities.
  • All completed projects must prominently display acknowledgement of the grant with the following statement: “Made possible by a grant from the American Harp Society, Inc.”

Enjoying the Grants Program and its projects?  Please consider supporting it and other AHS programs with your contribution today.