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HUDSON – The St. Croix Valley Foundation (SCVF) is accepting applications for its competitive grants program for music education. Music Education Grants support programs that improve the quality of Kindergarten to Grade 12 music programs for schools located in the Sainte-Croix Valley.


Public and private schools located in Washington and Chisago counties in Minnesota and Burnett, Pierce, Polk and St. Croix counties in Wisconsin are eligible. Grants range from $ 500 to $ 5,000 and are evaluated based on innovation, need, impact, goals and budget. This year, the SCVF plans to allocate $ 34,000 to music education programs throughout the valley.

Further information is available at Proposals can be submitted until October 22, 2021 and the awards will be announced in December.


The Music Education Valley Impact Fund of the St. Croix Valley Foundation was established by Nyda Swanson in 2002. The widow of Earl Swanson, former CEO of Andersen Corporation, always wanted to support the cause close to her heart: music. The St. Croix Valley Foundation has helped Nyda establish an endowment fund that provides annual grants for music education. Through the SCVF’s competitive grant process, the Music Education Valley Impact Fund awards grants to schools with the most effective programming – placing grants in the best hands at the right time, in perpetuity.

Kris Tjornehoj, Chairman of the SCVF Music Education Grants Committee, said:

“Since 2003, the St. Croix Valley Foundation has offered a competitive grant program to support music education. During this period, 227 grants were awarded for a total of over $ 540,000. Grants provided joint instruments, sheet music, new compositions, clinicians, technology and school concerts. Some requests are innovative, others aim to replace aging instruments that can no longer be repaired. We want music teachers to ask for money for things that will strengthen or improve their programs. Receiving a SCVF Music Education Grant recognizes the commitment of this teacher and this school to improving their program. We have been told that these grants help inspire teachers and students to do more.


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