2013-14 MetLife Governance Grants for Board Development

Applications for the 2013-14 MetLife Governance Grants for Board Development are now closed. The following is provided for reference only.

Download the mandatory application guidelines

Made possible by a generous grant from MetLife Foundation, these grants will provide financial assistance to orchestra boards motivated to strengthen their governance practice. Grants ranging from $2,500 to $7,500 will be awarded to up to seven orchestras. 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.

Please note there are two key requirements as part of applying for a MetLife Governance Grant:

  • You must be a League member orchestra in good standing, located within the United States
  • 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 that need improvement. Information about the Board Self-Assessment Tool ($99), including FAQs, is available at the League’s website at americanorchestras.org.

This grant program recognizes that there is no one-size-fits-all strategy, and understands that grant applications will reflect the unique needs of the board and organization.

Those orchestras selected to receive a grant, will be informed by November 15, 2013. The activity supported by the grant must be completed no later than March 31, 2014, with a brief final report due to the League no later than April 15, 2014.

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

To find out more about past MetLife Governance Grant recipients click here.

For more information about this grant, please contact Jessica Balboni, at 646 822 4033 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.