Choral Arts New England Emergency Grant Guidelines [Fall 2020]

(The application deadline has now passsed.)

The CoViD-19 crisis has had an enormous impact on choral organizations and Choral Arts New England is proud to support our choral communities as they weather these uncertain times. We will be increasing our total giving over the next 12 months to help meet the needs of our choral community.

Choral Arts New England Emergency Grants are a special initiative to provide immediate assistance to organizations experiencing difficulty due to circumstances related to COVID-19. Applications will be accepted via our online application form until 11:59 p.m. on November 15, 2020. In addition, we  expect to continue offering Alfred Nash Patterson grants early next year, as we have in every year since 1985.


  • Applicants must be nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations in good standing
  • Applicants must be located in one of the six New England states (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut or Rhode Island)
  • Emergency Grants will be made in amounts of approximately $500 (or less)
  • Emergency Grants will be given with a preference towards organizations with smaller operating budgets
  • Preference will be given to groups that have not received money from CANE in our last grant cycle, but all groups are eligible to apply
  • Funds may be used for operating costs or other needs [see application form]
  • CANE will disburse awarded funds as soon as practicable

The following criteria will be used by reviewers to rank grant applications:

  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Demonstrated history reflecting any of the following:
    • Creativity and vision
    • Contributions to the artistic development and well-being of the general public
    • Benefit to underserved populations
    • Consistent organizational financial health prior to March 2020