Apply now for the League of American Orchestras’ 2014-15 Governance Center Grants, which provide financial support to orchestra boards to strengthen their governance practice. Grants range from $2,500 to $7,500, and those selected via a competitive application process will be informed by mid-January 2015. Activity supported by the grant must take place between January 15 and September 30, 2015, with a brief final report due to the League no later than October 15, 2015. Funding can be used for facilitators or consultants, space rental, or other professional development opportunities (seminars, classes) where the board, as a whole, commits to participation.

There are two key requirements to applying for an Orchestra Governance Center Grant:

•    You must be a League member orchestra in good standing.

•    Applicants must complete the League’s Board of Directors Self-Assessment Tool. The grant application questions are based on the results of this assessment, and are used to determine priorities for board leadership development and areas for improvement. Information about the Board Self-Assessment Tool ($99), including FAQs, is available at

Previous recipients of the MetLife Governance Grants for Board Development may not re-apply.

Applications for the 2014-15 Orchestra Governance Center Grants are due on December 15, 2014.

Download the mandatory application guidelines, then click here for the online application after reading the guidelines.

For more information, contact Jessica Balboni, at (646) 822-4033 or

This grant program is part of the League’s Orchestra Governance Center, which is supported by the Noteboom Fund, with leadership gifts from The Clinton Family Fund and Marcia and John Goldman.

Posted October 14, 2014