First Octave Grants

For more than a decade, All Hands Raised (formerly the Portland Schools Foundation) has supported art and music education for youth with the goal of increasing access for underserved and underrepresented students and schools, in Portland and Multnomah County, through the First Octave Grant Program. These grants are funded through the tireless work and generous giving of individuals, foundations, and businesses, reflecting the strong support of the community for strengthening art and music in local schools. Primary funding for this year’s grant program comes from The Dorothy Sherman Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, and Fred Meyer.

Since its establishment in 1997, the First Octave Fund has infused more than $240,000 into public schools throughout Portland and Multnomah County, providing valuable access to arts and music education to our local youth.

Applications are now available for 2012-13 and are due by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9, 2012. Grant notifications will be made on Friday, May 25.

Application in Word

Application as a PDF

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  • 2011-2012
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