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David M. Brooks Music Fund

The David M. Brooks Music Fund supports music education in New Hampshire’s public schools. Brooks, of Bedford, was a U.S. Army veteran who had worked in the printing industry — and who loved music. He left a bequest in his will to create the fund in perpetuity for the teaching of light classical music and voice in New Hampshire primary and secondary schools.

  • Geographic focus

    Public schools in New Hampshire serving grades K-12.

  • Eligibility

    Funding for New Hampshire public schools to support musical instruction, equipment, programs, field trips, concerts and performances (including music licensing, professional assistance and show rights) that benefit music departments and music/voice programs. Nonprofit organizations are not eligible for funding. Public schools/school districts receiving a direct 2019 award over $7,500 from this fund are not eligible to apply.

    Preference will be given to activities that reflect Mr. Brooks’ passion for light classical music examples of which include the waltzes of Johann Strauss, the works of Gilbert and Sullivan, the symphony and operettas.

  • Grant amount

    This fund awards grants up to $7,500.

  • Application deadline

    Please check back for 2022 application deadline

Application and grant process

Step 1

Determine eligibility.

Carefully review the information above. Grants will be made through the school’s administrative unit (SAU). If you have additional questions about this grant program, please contact Gale Dean at 800‐464‐6641 ext 2201 or Gale.Dean@nhcf.org.

Step 2

Log in or create a new profile in GrantSource.

Log in to GrantSource, update your profile and access open applications. If you have never applied, please create a new profile using the “Register here” button.

Step 3

Complete and submit the online application.

Step 4

Receive funding. 

Award decisions will be announced in early June 2021. Grants will be made through the school’s administrative unit (SAU).

Step 5

Publicize your grant.

If you are awarded funding and you’d like to share the good news, please refer to our grantee press kit.

Step 6


At the end of your grant period, you will be required to complete a final report through GrantSource. Applicants who do not submit a final grant report will not be considered for future funding.


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  • Gale Dean
  • Grants Administration and Program Officer