Grants for Individual Projects



The total amount of money available for individual projects is determined by the Executive Committee of the Hartford Chapter AGO, and varies from year to year. The dispersal of grant monies is decided by the Jolidon Fund Subcommittee, which meets monthly from September through May. Applications are accepted from January 1 through March 1 for projects scheduled between September of the same year and August of the following year. (Deadline of March 1, 2017 for projects taking place between September 1, 2017 and August 31, 2018.)

The purpose of the Jolidon Fund is to bring new audiences to the pipe organ, and to deepen appreciation of the instrument in the general public. The Fund does not award individual grants to choral or orchestral projects, unless the organ plays a premier role in such a project.

Although other projects are not excluded, preference goes to projects that:

– demonstrate innovation
– enable events that would otherwise not take place
– initiate projects where there is currently little awareness of the musical potential of the organ

The Jolidon Fund Subcommittee would like to encourage members of AGO Region I, especially Hartford Chapter members, and most especially organists in smaller or mid-sized houses of worship, who may not have the resources for organ-oriented public outreach, to apply for funding for new projects.

Projects that have received funding in the past include:


  • $3,000 to New Haven Regional Convention, sponsorship of opening recital by Peter Richard Conte.
  • $1,000 to Somers Congregational Church, recital by Christopher Houlihan on new organ as part of the celebration of the rebuilding of the church after the devastating fire.
  • $1,000 to First Congregational Church of Southington, silent movie accompanied by Jason Roberts.
  • $1,000 for tuning and additional musician support for CD recording of the new organ at Somers Congregational Church.
  • $2,000 to support of start-up costs (legal filing fees, website development, etc.) for the Albert Schweitzer Foundation as it becomes an independent entity, separate from First Church Wethersfield.
  • $2,000 to The Hartford Chorale, support of organist’s (Larry Allen) fee for Duruflé Requiem concert in the spring.
  • $2,000 to Joyful Noise of Torrington (Chorus Angelicus, Gaudeamus, etc.) for support of organist’s fees (Ezequiel Menendez) for a series of local concerts featuring the music of John Rutter.
  • $1,000 to Music Series of South Church, New Britain, support for solo organ recital by Raul Ramirez, Feb. 8, 2015.


  • $2,500 to the Region I POE (July) based at Smith College, with events from Hartford to Deerfield, MA
  • $1,500 to Music Series at South Church for concert by “Organized Rhythm,” organ/percussion duo with Clive Driskill-Smith and Joseph Gramley. (April)
  • $2,000 to CT Virtuosi Orchestra of New Britain, for a concert of Organ Concertos (Poulenc and Wells) taking place in Manchester and New Britain (May).
  • 2,000 to the Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival (Sept) to fund the First Prize award in the High School Division.
  • $1,200 to Margaretha Christina de Jong for the commissioning of a new composition for Organ and Cello, performed in September 2016 by Christa Rakich and cellist Kathy Schiano.
  • $1,500 to the Somers Congregational Church for an Organ Recital/Informance by organist Keith Reas (April 2016).  This event and the next one in the list are part of the ongoing program to feature the new instrument and increase its exposure.
  • $1,500 to the Somers Congregational Church for a unique program called “Four Hands Four Feet” featuring an organ duo from Germany and Poland. (Fall) See note above.
  • $500 to the New London Chapter, for help with chapter programming in general.
  • $700 to St. John’s Episcopal Church, WH, for “Pipes Alive!” which is a series of six 30-minute Sunday organ recitals. (Jan.-June) This event and the next in the list celebrate the 20th anniversary of the church’s Austin Organ.
  • $1,000 to St. John’s Episcopal Church in support of a performance of Rutter’s Requiem (May) with solo organ works as well.  Features organist and former St. John’s Organist/Choirmaster Ralph Valentine.

Application Form for 2017-2018 grant

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