By Lois R. Shea, Senior Writer and Communications Officer |
A fleet of new cellos, trumpets, trombones, flutes, violins and more will be arriving in Manchester schools and a fleet of guitars, keyboards, ukuleles and xylophones are heading to children in Laconia thanks to grants from the David M. Brooks Music Fund.
The new instruments mean more children will be able to participate in music programs because their schools will have more instruments to loan to children whose families cannot afford to buy or rent one. The grant to the Manchester district will also pay for school workshops by professional jazz musicians and for transportation for high school bands to travel to play for younger students.
The Brooks Music Fund, from which the first grants were made in 2018, supports music departments and music and voice programs in New Hampshire public schools.
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Victoria Elbroch of Kittery, Maine has been awarded the $25,000 Artist Advancement Grant, one of the largest unrestricted grants made to a single artist in the country. The fund from which the annual grant is made was created at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation by a group of generous people who wanted to help cultivate the Piscataqua Region's arts community, boost artists’ careers and help keep them living and working in the area. It may be used for anything an artist needs to advance her work
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Weekly grocery deliveries are being made to children during summer break and school vacation weeks; high school cross-country skiers will be able to participate on teams and enjoy New Hampshire’s official state sport; new art will be installed on the Franconia ArtWalk — and much more. The Charitable Foundation’s Express Grants program, which has a streamlined application process and short turnaround time, provides small grants (less than $5,000) to nonprofits in need of flexible funding to help with specific projects and programs
A few examples of recent grants making a difference in communities around the Granite State: Portsmouth Music and Arts Center builds community through the arts; Christa McAuliffe's legacy continues; Kids in Chichester get new playground equipment; Empower Coös Youth Grant Committee makes its first round of grants; Veterans get support and services; History is preserved in Manchester; The largest remaining dairy farm in the Monadnock region is conserved
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Here are just a few examples of what happens in New Hampshire communities when people give, and work, together