GRANTS FOR PROJECTS
The Greater Hartford Chapter of the American Guild of Organists is home to the Jolidon Fund, a bequest by Marjorie Jolidon, which supports:
• Scholarships for organ study
• Grants for events/projects that prominently feature the organ.
Each year between $10,000–$30,000
is given away to qualifying candidates.
The purpose of grants through the Jolidon Fund is to bring new audiences to the pipe organ and to deepen appreciation of the instrument in the general public.
Please note that the Marjorie Jolidon Fund has a new online application process through the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving’s Grantee Portal. The application will look different than past years, but the content requested is the same.
To access the 2023 online application click here, locate the “Marjorie Jolidon Fund” application on the page and click “Apply.”
The deadline has passed for 2023-2024 applications. Applicants will receive responses by June 1st, 2023.
Applications for the 2024-2025 program year will go live in early 2024 and will be due by May 15th, 2024.
Award recipients are strongly encouraged to fill out a post-event report within 1 calendar year.
If your organization has never received or explored funding from the Foundation, you can create a new account using the "Create New Account.”
Please enter your credentials and log in. If you forgot your password, please use the “Forgot your Password” link to the left to reset your password.
If you believe your organization already has a profile, or previously received/explored funding with the Foundation, but are unsure of the login information, do not create a new profile. Doing so could result in loss of historical information for your organization. Instead, please contact Grants Administration at GrantsAdministration@hfpg.org to receive your username. Be sure to include your tax ID number (EIN) in the message.
If you have questions regarding the Marjorie Jolidon Fund funding priorities and guidelines or the content of your request, please contact Michelle Horsley, Dean, Greater Hartford Chapter American Guild of Organists at HartfordAGO@Gmail.com.
If you are having technical issues with the online application or any of the templates, please contact Grants Administration at GrantsAdministration@hfpg.org.
Preference is given to projects which:
• demonstrate innovation
• hosted in the Greater Hartford area
• enable events that would otherwise not be possible
• initiate projects where there is currently little awareness of musical potential of the organ
• are hosted by small-to mid-size organizations that may not have other additional resources
• have not been funded in past years
Grants through the Jolidon Fund are only awarded to projects that prominently feature the pipe organ. The total amount available for grants varies from year to year (as determined by the GHC-AGO Executive Board) and organizations are encouraged to re-apply for subsequent years, even if previously granted funding.
Grants are primarily given to Connecticut projects, with occasional consideration expanded to AGO Region I. A current AGO member must sponsor or co-sponsor the grant proposal.
Examples of grant projects could include: AGO regional convention sponsorship, organ recitals, silent movie accompaniment, AGO Pipe Organ Encounter, competition prizes, CD recordings, organ accompaniments for choral concerts, organ commissions, etc.
Examples of Previous Grant Recipients:
James Kennerley, organ recital - The Music Series of South Church (New Britain, CT)
Monica Czausz, organ recital - Salisbury Congregational Church (Salisbury, CT)
CONCORA, Durufle Requiem - Immanuel Congregational Church (Hartford, CT)
Pipes Alive! Music at the Red Door - St. John’s Episcopal Church (West
Hartford Chorale’s Christmas in the Americas - Bushnell Theatre (Hartford, CT)
First Prize Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival
Commissioned work by Philip Moore – First Church (Newington, CT)
Concert programs with organ accompaniment – Greater Middletown Chorale (Middletown, CT)