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The application and launching of our VCF Project Grants program has been postponed.
Updates will be posted on this webpage and in our VCF Prelude.

Scope

The VCF Project Grants shall be awarded each year to individuals to pursue projects of modest to moderate scope. Each grant, with a range from $500 to $5,000, will provide 100% funding for the project of each awardee. Grants are generally intended for one-time projects, but occasionally they may be renewed up to three years.

Eligibility

Individuals between the ages of 10 and 50 are invited to apply (permission from a parent or legal guardian is required if you are under 18). Applicant must be a: i) U.S. citizen; ii) U.S. permanent resident; or iii) foreign national residing in the U.S. on an F, M or J visa.

Purpose

We look forward to your grant application if you have creative ideas for a project to: i) advance your study or career on the cello; or ii) raise public awareness in cello, broaden public interest and enjoyment of cello music, or foster and maintain an interest in the art of cello playing. All proposals are reviewed entirely on the basis of merit. Highest consideration is given to an original and well planned proposal that shows strength and potential of your proposed project as well as your talent, creativity and resourcefulness. Funds from the project grant may not be used to pay for college tuition, private music lessons or general living expense unless under extraordinary circumstances that are clearly explained in your grant application.

Procedure

The application form will be available on this webpage at a later date. A typed proposal and an application fee of $35 will be required to submit your application online at that time. Semi-finalists will be notified to submit supporting materials that are relevant to your proposed project, for example, a recording of your cello performance (typically repertoire of your choice), a recommendation letter from your current teacher, or a professional reference from your colleague. Depending on the scope of your proposed project and where you currently reside in the U.S., finalists may be invited to a telephone, video or in-person interview.

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